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
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
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Royal Misfits, in which ANASTASIA star Christy Altomare invites us into the Broadhurst Theatre for plenty of back massages, Russian jokes and candy (looking at you, Ramin Karimloo!). Enjoy!
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.