Thursday, 1 October 2015

Naomie Harris Covers Cosmopolitan U.K., Says You "Absolutely" Can Be a Feminist and a Bond Girl!


Naomie Harris Covers Cosmopolitan U.K., Says You "Absolutely" Can Be a Feminist and a Bond Girl!

Naomie Harris, Cosmopolitan U.K.
Naomie Harris, Cosmopolitan U.K.Cosmopolitan / Ben Riggott
Naomie Harris is radiant in red on the cover of Cosmopolitan U.K.!
The 39-year-old actress, who will reprise her Skyfall role as Eve Moneypenny he upcoming James Bond movie Spectre, talks to the mag's November issue about a variety of women's issues—including whether she can be considered a feminist anda Bond girl.
"I think you absolutely can now," she says. "Sam [Mendes, director] loves strong, multidimensional women; that's incredibly important to him. Barbara Broccoli[daughter of original Bond producer Albert] is at the helm of the franchise too, and she's a strong woman who has a big say in how the characters are developed."

Naomie Harris, Cosmopolitan U.K.Cosmopolitan / Ben Riggott
"You can see that in SpectreMonica Bellucci's character is incredible feisty, and rejects Bond's help," she continues. "She's like 'I can do this on my own!'"

Offscreen, though, Naomie is well aware of the challenges women in Hollywood face. "It's very difficult to find roles as well-written as male ones, and with as much screen time," she admits. "Then there's one amazing script that sparks your imagination, and gets you really excited. They are there, it's just they're mostly dominated by male roles..."

Naomie Harris, Cosmopolitan U.K.Cosmopolitan / Ben Riggott
Naomie tells Cosmopolitan U.K. she thinks "it's tougher for women in film" than it is for the fellas. She named Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon as female stars who "can consistently open movies," acknowledging, "There are women doing it, but yeah, it's harder."
Also challenging at times? The peer pressure Naomie faces to settle down! "I'm nearly 40, so lots of my friends are like, 'I have to get married and have a baby'; they're freaking out," she says. "I just think, 'What will be will be. Everyone tries to drag me in with them; it's almost like they're trying to scare me that I haven't ticked those boxes yet."
Naomie's full interview appears in the November 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan U.K., on sale Oct. 1. It's also available in digital edition on Apple Newsstand.

Naomie Harris on Protecting Bond and Crashing Very, Very Badly - The Drive

Naomie Harris on Protecting Bond and Crashing Very, Very Badly

Playing James Bond’s guardian angel is a cakewalk compared to the British actress’s death-defying offscreen stunts.
You might say Naomie Harris has a broad range, portraying everyone from Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to a dreadlocked priestess in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But for lovers of car chases, credulity-testing automotive stunts and wicked gadgetry, the British actress is best known for taking over the role of Moneypenny in the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall. In that film she was often seen behind the wheel of a Land Rover Defender, rescuing Bond (or mistakenly firing a slug into his shoulder), as per the usual.
Harris reprises her role in the eagerly anticipated 24th film in the Bond franchise, Spectre, which heads into global release later this fall. And she apparently carries on her connection with the British builder of upright, sporty SUVs. We bumped into her at the red carpet unveiling of Jaguar Land Rover’sSpectre special vehicles during the Frankfurt Motor Show, and asked her a few questions about learning to be a spy, being passed over for a promotion and how to make a daring escape—in real life.
The Drive: As Moneypenny, you’re sort of the right hand to the world’s most famous fictional spy. How do you prepare for a role like that?
Naomie Harris: You prepare usually with a lot of stunt work, and a lot of gun work. And you get a great director like Sam Mendes who helps you prepare by setting up meetings with people from Mi6, which is an extraordinary privilege, and not one that most actors get, to sit down with an actual spy. And that really helps.
We felt that you were a shoo-in for the role of M. Were you at all disappointed that it didn’t fall your way?
[Laughs] No, no. Not at all. I would never want to fill [previous M] Judi Dench’s shoes. And I think that Ralph Fiennes is the perfect person to do that.
In Skyfall, we got to see you do some interesting and intense driving in these Land Rover vehicles. Do we get to see some more of that in Spectre?
I can’t really say. But I do have a moment in the Discovery.
Like, a driving moment, or an aaahhh, a freakout moment?
I can’t really say. I have a moment. But you’re a good journalist.
Last question. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you in a car?
In a car? What can happen that’s embarrassing in a car?
People fall asleep. They get into silly wrecks. They lose their car. They get arrested for doing something stupid.
Well, I haven’t had an embarrassing moment, but I guess I can say that I had a shocking moment. I woke up once in a car, and I was upside-down, because the driver had fallen asleep. So we were flipping off the side of the freeway.
What happened?
Well, I lived to tell the tale. And so did he, thank goodness. The sunroof had actually been ripped off, because we flipped so many times. So we escaped through the sunroof.