Naomie Harris Opens Up About Therapy And Correcting Her Parents Mistakes In "The Edit" + Zoe Saldana Talks Sexism In Hollywood (And That Nina Simone Movie)

July 10th, 2015 | by staff
Naomie Harris Opens Up About Therapy And Correcting Her Parents Mistakes In "The Edit" + Zoe Saldana Talks Sexism In Hollywood (And That Nina Simone Movie)
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In the latest issue of “The Edit” actress Naomie Harris reveals how she used therapy to combat her rough childhood.  Read what she said inside and see what Zoe Saldana revealed about sexism in Hollywood. 


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British actress Naomie Harris is the latest cover star of Net-a-Porter’s fashion magazine The Edit, where she stars in a sizzling pictorial full of printed and textured separates.  She’s polished in Chloe & Altuzarra threads throughout the spread with shoes and accessories from Gucci, Tibi and more

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While promoting her role as social worker Angela Rivera in the upcoming boxing film Southpaw, Naomie revealed that she had a “rough” childhood and it required years of therapy to retrain herself. She candidly revealed,

“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. Most of us operate as if we are adults, but we aren’t emotionally mature at all.”


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Naomie’s film Southpaw hits the big screen July 24th.  And we can’t wait to see her in the next James Bond flick!



In other Hollywood news…

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In a new article published in the Philadelphia Daily News, Zoe Saldana opened up about a game-changing encounter with sexism that she wishes every young girl could hear.  Zoe, who absolutely kicked butt in Colombiana, Star Trek, Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy, shared:

“That story is true. A producer once told me he hired me for the way I held a gun while wearing panties, not for my opinions. I wish I’d recorded it, so I could play it for every girl in elementary school and tell them never to let anybody treat them that way. “

And in case you were wondering, Zoe still hopes her Nina Simone biopic “Nina” will see the light of day. She revealed it’s caught up in some legal wrangling and…

“We’re still today struggling to finish the movie, to salvage it, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”  For those who were staunchly against the film, this may be music to your ears.

The Avatar franchise player also shared an interesting tidbit about Mary J. Blige, who had originally hoped to star in the film.

“I happened to be with Mary J. Blige in Paris, at an event, and before she got up to sing, she announced she was going to be playing Nina Simone. I cried because I was so happy, and she was so perfect.  But that didn’t work out, and a year later, the producers and directors met with me and offered me the role. For eight months I said no.”

Interestingly, Zoe explained that the project had many red flags, including a weak script and budgetary problems.

“Finally, I thought, Nina deserves better. So we went for it. And no matter what happens, we tried and worked very hard, and we did it from the heart, from a pure place.”

There’s still no word on when the film will be released, but we will keep you posted.


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