The next Best Actress is among us. Ruth Negga’s Cannes Film Festival favorite is undeniably great – so great that it is already getting that Oscar buzz.
Loving stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton travel back in time to the 50s to play real-life couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who were arrested in 1958 in their own bedroom for the crime of matrimony. Because it was illegal for a white man to be married to a black woman (and vice versa), the Lovings love truly stood the test of time when they challenged the law and brought their case before the Supreme Court in 1967, leading to the couple’s arrest to be ruled unlawful.
Here are five things you need to know about Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga:
1. She loves dressing up in costumes – not scrubs
“You know when you’re a kid and you get to pick a movie every Friday? I watched everything,” she told The Hollywood Reporterabout not wanting to follow in her parents’ footsteps – both of them leading a career in the medical field. “There’s no particular genre that was appealing. I just loved the idea that you could dress up and play.”
2. She may be naïve to the fact that her star is on the rise
“I have not been aggressive in my pursuit of being a star,” she told The Hollywood Reporter during the Cannes Film Festival. “I’ve never had a plan. Maybe I need to be more aggressive, because it’s quite tough!”
But her mindset has never changed – she’s taking her time and, clearly, it has sure paid off.
“I’m not in any rush to get anywhere,” she told The Guardian back in 2012. “There’s a pressure on actors to get somewhere before it’s over.”