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Big Gay Following: Thandie Newton

Big Gay Following: Thandie Newton

What was your favorite Condi outfit?
She did a piece for Vogue, and she said to them, I don’t want a stylist. I always wear my own clothes for photo shoots. But the stylist did have a rack of stuff, so within minutes Condi’s just fingering through the rack, and she comes across this claret-red Armani suit that she did actually wear in the piece. That was one that I particularly liked because she’d been so adamant that she wasn’t going to wear any of their shit, but then she lusted after this suit, wore it, and kept it, apparently.

Were the fake teeth you wear in W a pain?
No, I loved them. I intend to wield them out whenever it’s appropriate.

Is Condi’s sexual orientation addressed in the film? Do we see her gal pal Randy Bean or gay friend Coit Blacker?
No, because the movie isn’t about Condoleezza; it’s about Bush, so it only addresses whatever pertains to that. But some of the stuff that Randy Bean is saying about George Bush has been vicious, and where that stuff is coming from, I don’t know. I personally don’t feel Condoleezza is a gay woman. I think the fact that she isn’t in a relationship is partly because of her disciplined nature. There’s a disconnect that can happen with people who are so obsessed with and devoted to their careers that disallows them from actually following their true nature. So, God knows, she might be a lesbian, but I don’t think there’s enough of an emotional connection with herself to really know.

Your husband, Ol Parker, wrote and directed the lesbian romantic comedy Imagine Me & You. Couldn’t you have snagged a role, considering you were sleeping with him?
As he says, he literally fucked his movie, because I got pregnant just before filming. It was a beautiful story, and the movie was actually about him and me. He couldn’t believe that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, so he drew a lot from those feelings. The fact that I wasn’t in it meant that the movie was truly about him. I loved being home every night, making him some nice food, and being a sounding board for him. I was so proud of him.

Have you ever experimented with a woman?
Yes, I had my rite of passage. I was 16, and I wasn’t really in control of the situation, if you know what I mean. It was much more about a male fantasy of seeing two women together. But I loved the girl a lot; she was one of my closest friends. I think falling in love is actually more about falling in love with an individual. We’re all potentially bisexual; it all depends on your circle, your upbringing, and all kinds of things. Or maybe I’m just talking about myself. I could’ve easily fallen in love with a woman over a man. My husband Ol’s kind of a man-woman. Look, I once loved Tim Curry, so there you go.

To which women are you most attracted?
I regularly have girl-crushes on mums of other kids. I actually stalked one woman whose kid is one of my daughter’s closest friends. Solange Azagury-Partridge, a fantastic jeweler in London, is one of my girl-crushes right now, and she knows it.

Do you ever imagine what your life might’ve been like if you’d stayed with former boyfriend Brad Pitt?
[Laughs] You are so naughty! Oh, my Lord. No, I do not. But I very much hope to achieve the same number of children in my life. I’m going to start competing with my alter ego that got left behind. [Laughs] You’ve perked me right up! You’re my ibuprofen.

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