Naomie Harris had ‘reparenting therapy’ to deal with a dysfunctional childhood

July 10th, 2015 | by staff
Naomie Harris had ‘reparenting therapy’ to deal with a dysfunctional childhood
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Naomie Harris covers the July issue of The Edit to promote Southpaw, the latest Oscar-bait film from The Weinstein Co. The stars of this film shall soon be everywhere, but the good news is that Jake G. would rather talk about the moon than his physical transformation to play a welterweight boxer. Naomie plays the social worker who helps Jake’s character get his life back on track. Actually, she represents the boxer’s daughter, and I hope she doesn’t end up becoming a love interest while Jake gets to nab the Oscar glory.

Naomi’s editorial is stunning, and you can see it here. In the interview, she talks about her own real-life therapy experience:

Why she did this movie: “[The film’s director] Antoine [Fuqua] called me. He was so passionate, so persuasive, that by the end of the call, I was like, “I’m getting on the plane to Pittsburgh and working with this man.’ I’m so glad I did it. He pushes you really hard, but he shows he has faith that you can do it. He makes actors feel valued and important, and creates an environment that is totally safe. All those things mean you can and want to take risks. I had the best time.”

She’d never attend a real boxing match: “I’d never do that. You smell death in the air. That’s my worst possible nightmare.

She had reparenting therapy years: “People like Billy [Hope, Jake’s character] don’t know how to parent. I did The Hoffman Process recently, which is all about learning re-parenting, because so many of us come from dysfunctional parents, and we get trapped in negative patterns that stem from that. To break those patterns you have to be in a space where you can recreate what you went through and deal with it.”

[From Net-A-Porter’s The Edit]

Therapy can work wonders for many people and for all sorts of purposes. I’m glad Naomie had a good experience and could bring her knowledge of the subject to a meaty role. At least, I hope the role is a substantial one. This is a heavy movie that will receive a lot of awards attention and a perfect time for Naomie to break out in a huge way. She deserves to be a bigger name in the acting world.

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Photos courtesy of The Edit & WENN

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