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It's easy to imagine that British actress Naomie Harris and I were actually in Los Angeles during that day, the first Scorcher of the year in London amidst tropical plants in a greenhouse slash photo studio. But her London charisma is too bright for me to forget my true whereabouts. You can tell by the obvious things: Her charming North London accent is still very present, even after several stages of intense accent coaching during her 33-year career. Subtle signs reveal it to a Briton like me: nothing speaks for the typical relationship between casualness and fantasy of the London woman as her unpolished nails and flawless skin or that she wears a pair of flat, white brogues of patent Christian Louboutin ("I & # 39; I'm just looking for comfort ") with a simple LBD from H & M and a small Missoma medallion necklace.
This understatement explains how she stays here under the radar, gets on buses, takes the subway, and is rarely followed by paparazzi. "If you just hang around like a normal Londoner, nobody really bothers you, right? If you wear sunglasses and get out of a big eye-catching car, people will notice, "It makes sense then that the ability to be an integral part of Los Angeles was never an option – Harris did not live there, nor did she ever feel tempted."I need a lot of grounding because there are so many trips to work"She confirms that the British capital she grew up in is still at home. "You're in a plane all the time and there's no complaining or anything like that because I'm very lucky, but I feel like when I get home, I want to be surrounded by my friends and family and back with people I really love that. "
In just one conversation is talked about Jamaica, Atlanta, Detroit, Georgia, Paraguay, LA. Even the most seasoned and appreciative traveler, such as Harris, may find that his Peripatetic lifestyle subsides. One way to stay at the same level is to take a bit of London wherever she goes: Harris & # 39; s family and friends travel to every place she films. Earlier this year while working on her new feature film, Black and blue (where she plays an inexperienced policeman on the wrong side of both the police and a criminal police – in cinemas on October 25)15 of their neighbors and loved ones traveled all the way to New Orleans to stay together in a huge house.
After I started out as a child actress in the industry and was a professed "tough disciplinarian" whose intense characters (like Winnie Mandela in Long way to freedom and drug addicted mother Paula in moonlight) may take months to completely shake off, it was perhaps no surprise that the over-aware Harris would eventually hit a wall. "I was really burned out,She openly admits that few celebrities offer this. "After the award ceremony  and after I had done the whole thing moonlight then I moved on Rampage with Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, and spent, I think, four months in Atlanta. And I just came back and was just like that I'm done, I've lost my passion for this career that I've been doing since I was nine, and I've never done anything else. Naomie did not prescribe medication to hide the problem, but instead changed her lifestyle by taking an eight-month break from work and adrenaline overflowing led by their own Eating, praying, loving Kind of trip.
Although Harris was forced to look for career pathway to Plan B (and in 1998 she had already earned a degree in social and political science from the University of Cambridge in all cases), this was a one-month Ayurvedic holiday in India – and the adjacent digital detoxification – that's what moved the needle. Candlelight meditation, yoga, massages, being completely uncontactable … No wonder Harris has visited this port again and plans it again. "I did not want to be one of those who only dig into a grave and then suddenly panic attacks or I have a disease because I have not heard the signs in my body"She says, following this solid groundwork with twice-daily meditation and a" literally life-changing "mind-writing exercise inspired by the book every morning. The way of the artistSomething to which she also urges me is her evangelism. "I'm so thankful that I took this time off because, honest? I came back and had a renewed passion for [my career] and such gratitude, "
Harris has always been in demand, but she has been in demand since receiving her Oscar nomination moonlight By 2018, a gradual change was almost instantaneous. "It was a tiny little movie I made because it was a passion project – I was paid almost nothing," and yet the impact of this industry award changes, "how much you get paid, it changes how many roles one offers. " It changes the respect that one has in the industry. It is huge. I have practiced this profession for a long time, so it is all the more shocking to see the massive change as a result of it. "The nomination itself was – next to an OBE awarded by The Queen in the same year – a true moment of her career:" I was just like that Oh my god, am I really here?She remembers being invited to Academy Awards a few years earlier and wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress made from recycled candy wrappers as a sustainable statement for the red carpet. She never thought that she would return with a nomination. "I'd say this is the busiest time in my career," Harris says of her schedule, dismissing the notion that her age – 42 years – had a negative impact, as it might have been in Hollywood earlier.
"You know, I miss the younger Naomie! I miss her because she was more open; She was more vulnerable and gullible. You're growing up and a bit more cynical and cautious, "says Harris. "So I admire the young Naomie today more than me. She was pretty great! I did not think that at the time, "Part of the" old Naomie "that she likes to leave behind is the wardrobe."I was so geeky!"Naomi exclaims with the classic British ease of self-contempt. "Oh my god, I had no sense of clothes at all. If you look at my previous pictures … abominable. "The turning point came from a pretty brutally honest friend who was Harris & # 39; stylist for seven years after she told her," Enough is enough – her style is really bad and no one is telling you the truth. I'll take you in the hand. "Hard to imagine when we see Harris in divine designer pieces by Miu Miu, Chanel and Gucci, and every editor I know cultivates but admires. Always a bit offbeat fashion choice. Naomie began her career by "having no idea about clothing" and felt unable to express herself when she felt unwell. Now she is much more liberal and liberal with her public wardrobe, working with several stylists (like Federica Fanari and Law Roach) and using this as an opportunity to reflect reality when she spends so much time on a canvas to be for other creatives.
"I am Miss Control Freak"Says Harris, who really just longs for it to have A routine that is a perfect example of how she brings her own thermos flask to work – hot water and lemon. "But I think there are other ways to succeed, and I see other people in a very different life and I am very jealous." Her desire for "drudgery," as her friends call it, is something her inner circle finds funny. Harris fully understands and accepts her given personality traits and has her control freak status ("I'm not trying to control anyone, I'm just trying to control myself") while still trying to get away with it exempt self-improvement purposes. "I came from the working class. My mother had well-being when she had me – she was 19 years old, but she was always a nerd, "she explains. "My mother just taught me that you can achieve anything, but it takes hard work. I have always been like that I will do this job because I want to make my mother proud, She has done a phenomenal job and I want to do my best for her and my family. This is the only life we get – let's make the most of it. Let's be the best we can, right? "
Harris spoke openly about global environmental issues (eg, sustainability in fashion) and related issues (supporting British charities such as Intermission – a youth-based initiative to take children off the streets through theater) and was one of many influential women in Hollywood who signed the infamous Time's Up petition last year. "I think many men are scared. Men now, that would [have said] Inappropriate things on set and behaviors in a certain way, not the feeling that they have the right or the power to do those things anymore"Explains Harris, Harris has witnessed the kind of abuse of power that the previously unsuspecting public was suddenly privy to, and affirms that the environment in 2019 has" changed dramatically "and that this movement is crucial and powerful in creating change This was not only the case with female actors, but also with gender equality in general, the industry has made progress, with long overdue improvements for colored people. "The reality is that so many different ethnic groups have been ignored" says Harris.The studio heads did not think they could make money with black movies. Now they have realized that this is absolute garbage and you have something with phenomenal success like Black Panther, and it changes everything. "Harris believes that roles are now available to black actors more than ever, and that the" black dollar, "as she calls it, is the driving force in a business that is essentially about the bottom line and the hard economy ,
Now in the middle of filming her third binding Harris & # 39; s debut in 2012 was another milestone on her way: she was the first Moneypenny to be given a first name (Eve!) Rather than just Miss Moneypenny, and she did not encourage the press to use the term to use more "Bond Girl" and prefer "Bond Woman" instead. "I was 38 at the time and I was in my forties. We also had Lea Seydoux in her thirties and Monica Belluci too (I do not know how old Monica is, but she's definitely fabulous and she's not in her twenties) and I just thought it was unreasonable that we called "Bond Girls"Harris says about the obsolete formulation, adding that it was time to" fully live the femininity. "Something we think is doing pretty well.
Black and blue will be released on October 25th
Photographer: COrnelius Käss
Stylist: Kendal Mae Boyle
Hair: Peter Lux
Makeup: Kenneth Soh