Best known for Fresh Meat, she now stars with Tom Hiddleston in Pinter’s Betrayal. Zawe Ashton talks about bullying, Michelle Obama and why she finds language such a turn on
Zawe Ashton is dissecting the dreaded “self-tape”, where an actor must record themselves auditioning at home. “It’s when a loved one begrudgingly sits off-camera reading these awful lines while you’re dressed from the waist up in some kind of character outfit, with
It’s a sunny morning in London and Ashton, 34, has recently returned to the city she left last year for a three-month run of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal in the West End alongside Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox. Wearing a rainbow jumper and ordering an avocado smoothie, she’s radiant, with a hiking-in-the- Hollywood-hills glow.
“I’m not living in LA,” she clarifies. “I live in Margate!” Turns out I’m not the first person to make this assumption. “Everyone thinks I live in LA. It’s brilliant. Don’t tell anyone I don’t. That’s a great way of getting out of doing things. ‘I’m sorry guys, I’m in LA’.”
Crossing the Thames recently with her Betrayal castmates – Londoners all – they felt the hometown love. “All three of us had this moment – rehearsing a play that is so based in London and being immersed in Pinter’s poetry, which he uses to describe the ins and outs of this city…”
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