His targets included Amy Pascal, Tom Cruise, and the systematic racism and misogyny of Hollywood. “I was surprised at the appreciation I got,” Newton said in Wednesday’s episode. Variety and the iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket”. “I thought I would be in trouble because that’s kind of what I’m used to.”
Newton’s revelations were met with applause and praise for “not drinking the Kool-Aid,” she said. “I happened to be an older woman who recognized that knowing the truth and speaking the truth benefited me a lot more than being silenced or seeing people silenced around me.
“And I have nothing to lose,” Newton continues. “I have nothing to lose because I just couldn’t get hired, which is normal for people of my generation anyway. So I have nothing to lose and I prefer to go out and take advantage of this moment… It is not a question of confessionalism, it is not even my confession. This is the reality of what people are faced with.
Although she has immense gratitude for her work on “Westworld” and all the adulation that comes with it, Newton says she is an exception to Hollywood’s unwritten rules of rejecting women – especially black women. – of a certain age.
“I am a 47 year old black woman. I shouldn’t even be able to get a part [now]. It’s very unusual, ”Newton says. “I feel like I’ve been part of three generations of films and that’s not what usually happens. There is such a rapid turnover that people are not well known enough to reveal things and make people listen because once someone loses their fame people will not care. They won’t listen. I feel like by the time a lot of people give up, “Westworld” gave me another opportunity, which has kept me, I guess, still relevant and current. ”
When asked if she had heard of Pascal or Cruise since the Vulture interview, Newton declined to comment, but said, “I felt solid the whole time, but I know it scared people. . The individuals were very frightened… It is as if you went back far? ”
Newton has been nominated for an Emmy for three years for her work as Maeve on “Westworld”. She came home with the trophy last year, but truly believes she’s out of luck this time around because Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”) is nominated in the same category.
“Oh, come on – Meryl Streep!” ” she says. “All I’m gonna say is f-ing Meryl Streep!” She needs an entire awards ceremony just for her!
Newton also has an inspired idea of how to turn the Emmys into a fundraiser. As VarietyMichael Schneider first reported that TV Academy plans to provide live cameras to all nominees, regardless of where they are during the ceremony. However, Newton believes everyone should pre-record an acceptance speech. “It would be really hilarious. Let’s have fun for each other, ”Newton says. “Oh, this is so good – get ready. So everyone has to agree that their pre-recorded speeches will be played and you will only be able to watch them if you pay $ 5 and $ 5 will go to a fund for people who can’t work on the Emmys when they normally would. work. ”
In other words, she wants everyone to accept the “surreality of this moment” and take a break from taking themselves too seriously for the sake of the unemployed workers.
Later in the conversation, which took place on Zoom from her home in London, Newton proves how lowly she could take herself by telling an unfiltered NSFW story about how the maltipoo family’s cup of tea Hazel enjoys getting intimate with a giant Dumbo plush toy her daughter Nico Parker received from Disney after the teenager made her big screen debut in the 2019 live-action movie “Dumbo.”
“Hazel f -s Dumbo in the face about four times a day and all night,” Newton says. “The number of times I’ve wanted to take a movie from Hazel f-ing Dumbo’s head and put it on Instagram.”
Enjoying Hazel’s antics can be a source of entertainment in her forties, but Newton can’t wait to start filming season 4 of “Westworld”. She says growers plan “next year” to resume production “if we can get through the winter without a real crisis.”
She adds: “I don’t think it’s taken for granted, but for me personally, it’s a real light at the end of the tunnel if we could make it.”
You can listen to Newton’s full interview above. You can also find “The Big Ticket” on iHeartRadio or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.