Monday, 25 November 2013

Naomie Harris: Playing a Bond girl has boosted my confidence

Naomie Harris: Playing a Bond girl has boosted my confidence

Bond babe: Naomie Harris is glad to have fallen for 007 (Picture: Getty)
Skyfall actress Naomie Harris says playing a Bond girl helped her realise she
 ‘can’t be that much of a minger’.
The 37-year-old admits her self-esteem is lifted every time she thinks about her role as Eve Moneypenny in the recent instalment of the franchise.
‘I have to say, it does make me feel pretty darn good,’ she boasted.
‘When you get those moments when you feel, “Oh God, I look like such a minger today”,
then you think, “I was cast as a Bond girl… you can’t really be that much of a minger, Naomie!”’
Meanwhile the British star admits she was ‘torn and conflicted’ about taking on the role of 
Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winne Mandela in the biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
‘From reading about her, I was formulating an idea of who she was. From talking to people I was 
formulating another idea. My director had a very strong idea about how he wanted her to be 
played… I felt really torn, conflicted,’ she confessed to Total Film.
But it wasn’t until she met the 77-year-old that she realised she had to take charge of the role 
‘I was scared and fascinated. I thought I would finally be able to put all these pieces together. 
But I didn’t. You can’t, especially with someone as complex as her,’ she told Total Film.
‘I asked how she wanted to be portrayed and she said, “you’ve done your research, you were 
chosen for this role, I trust you.” It allowed me to own it.’
Total Film is out now.

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