Watching Naomie Harris sip natural tea within the restaurant of Midtown Manhattan’s 1 Resort, a spot she selected for its eco-friendliness, it’s onerous to think about her portraying the gritty actuality of a crack addict onscreen in Barry Jenkins’s coming-of-age drama Moonlight. Her pores and skin is glowing, her posture is ideal, and her Burberry coat is neatly folded beside her. “I don’t drink alcohol, smoke, and even drink espresso, so I needed to do a hell of numerous analysis to get this character proper,” says the 40-year-old actress, who made headlines for being the primary black girl to play iconic Bond character Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall.
Critics say Harris’s delicate portrayal of the character may earn her a greatest supporting actress nod. “I wished to indicate that there’s a loving coronary heart beneath her dependancy,” she says. “I hope I’ve introduced her in such a approach that she received’t be dismissed due to her issues.”
If Harris appears notably empathetic, it might have one thing to do with the time she spent with Will Smith, her co-star on this month’s drama Collateral Magnificence. “His power is so contagious. As a result of we had been taking pictures this film on the streets of New York, crowds of 80 to 100 bystanders would kind out of nowhere,” she explains. “Will shook their palms, performed with their children, and posed for selfies. He advised me, ‘It’s important to be variety since you by no means know what any individual else goes by means of of their day.’’’