People ask me where I’m from. I say Ireland, and they’re like ‘Really? You don’t look Irish’. Then you have to explain… people are intrigued, but sometimes you think, ’Why do I have to tell my whole story every time I open my mouth?’ - Ruth Negga
“ I wasn’t, you know, Mr. Popular. I was somewhere in the middle ground. I was quite alternative, the things I liked to do. Skateboarding, at the time. Playing in a band as opposed to playing in the rugby team. You know, that kind of thing. ”
Negga’s a powerful actor, the voice low and layered with bite. Her
expression, in neutral, has a sort of stoic hurt to it, making her an
ideal tragedian. And it can’t go unmentioned that she’s stunning to look
at: half Irish, half Ethiopian, massive eyes, pronounced chin and
Ruth Negga photographed by Larsen and Talbert at the ATX Television Fesitval on June 10, 2016.
I want the portrayal of women on screen and
television to allow me to feel like it’s okay to be the anti-hero. It’s
not determined by sex, or it shouldn’t be, but we’ve been sort of trained
to think that, that this is road for women, and this is the road for
men. I think that’s boring, and I think it’s just wrong. It needs to
kind of [waves hand as if brushing the concept away]. I mean, it is happening, very much so on TV, especially.
person, removed from the dank interiors he typically haunts on “Game of
Thrones,” Mr. Rheon’s face is more cherubic than demonic, with a rakish
scruff and artfully tousled hair that gets more so as he runs his hands
through it in conversation. What defines him, though, are a pair of
arresting pale blue eyes that tend to bulge maniacally on “Game of
Thrones,” alight with the delight that comes from some cruelty or
another. “He has this stare, this wide-eyed smiling gaze that pierces right through you,” Ms. Turner said.