Naomie Harris struggled with Winnie Mandela role
Naomie Harris felt conflicted to portray Winnie Mandela because she had so many impressions and ideas about her
The ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ actress said she struggled to figure out how to play the controversial former wife of the late Nelson Mandela and says meeting her alter ego did little to help her turmoil, as reported.
“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 strong idea about how he wanted her to be played. I felt really torn, conflicted,” Harris said.
“I was scared and fascinated meeting her. 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. 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,” she added.