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Ruth Negga brings her “full biography” to her work.
The 40-year-old actress’ father died in a car crash when she was just seven years old. So she thinks it was ‘inevitable’ that the tragedy shaped all of her life choices, and while it helped her identify with her character in ‘Passing’, who is raised by her white aunts after the death of her parents, she admitted that her own story still had an influence on her game.
She said: ‘I can totally relate to this undocking of the loss of a parent at such an early age and the lifespan of the consequences involved.
“It affects you physically, it affects where you live, how you live.
“Your body, your mind, your imagination and your intellect are all part of the process and if this part of this character’s narrative aligns with yours, it is inevitable that it will form this creation, whether consciously or unconsciously.
“To be honest, I bring my whole biography.”
Ruth stays away from social media but found the response to “Passing” “amazing”.
She said in an interview with Empire magazine: “I would have a nervous breakdown! I don’t know how people cope [Twitter].
“I only find out what people think of ‘Passing’ during the Q&A screenings and that’s been amazing.
“That a work of art has moved you, changed your perspective, enlightened you in some way – for people to share that with you, face to face, it’s really profound.
“You realize it’s bigger than all of us and at the same time it’s deeply personal.”