Naomie Harris reduced her director to tears

Hollywood actress Naomie Harris made her 'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins cry on set

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris made her director cry on set.

The 40-year-old actress, who is best known as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond movies, reduced Barry Jenkins to tears during the making of their independent film 'Moonlight'.

The director recalled: "Naomie doesn't drink smoke; and doesn't drink - and so she couldn't light the cigarette.

"She genuinely had trouble with the damn cigarette, so I quietly told [co-star] Trevante to reach over and take the cigarette, light it, and give it back to her."

The moment prompted an apologetic reaction from Naomie.

Barry told the Daily Mail newspaper: "She said: 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry.'

"On set, that moment made everyone weep. I was probably crying the most."

Naomie plays an emotionally abusive mother in the critically-acclaimed drama movie, but previously admitted to having reservations about playing a crack addict in 'Moonlight'.

Naomie explained: "I had real reservations about playing a crack addict because I've always fought against playing any kind of stereotypical roles.

"I'm very careful about the reputation of women, and as a black woman in particular I want to represent progressive roles for women and black people in general.

"Then I spoke to Barry and he said, 'I don't want you to play a stereotype. What I'm asking you to play is basically my mum.' Because this is his story and the story of the writer Tarell [McCraney], and what happened to their mothers - it's a very similar journey - deeply connected with me."

She said, too, that she adopted an unusual approach to playing the role of Paula.

Naomie: "I would sit in the hotel room imagining I was being interviewed by someone. So I imagined the person was asking me, 'What was your dad like? What was your mum like? Where did you grow up?' and all these questions.

"Then I created a whole narrative around that and that helped me define the character's voice."


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