*Known for her roles in big budget, high end fare like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series and “Sky Fall’ and “Spectre” from the James Bond movies, British actress Naomie Harris is finally receiving the recognition that her talent deserves with her latest role in the indie hit, “Moonlight.” Playing a crack-addicted single mother of a young son who is struggling with his sexual identity, Harris is generating awards talk for her performance.
A former child actress, Naomie has been honing her craft for over 30 years. She first caught the public’s eye with a small role in the international thriller “28 Days Later,” before “blowing up” in the international hit films “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” and its sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Her star continued to rise with a range of roles that includes a critically praised performance of Winnie Mandela in the 2013 bio-pic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” opposite Idris Elba. In 2012 she made history when she became the first black actress to play Eve Moneypenny in the highly successful James Bond flick, “Spectre.”
Harris was initially hesitant to take her part in “Moonlight” due to concerns about driving negative stereotypes about black women, but thankfully, she was won over after reading the script and discovering its immense quality of storytelling. Her performance is a full-bodied and rich display of a women who is trapped between the love she has for her child and drug addiction.
Ultimately, it provided Harris with an opportunity to portray a character who is very much unlike any that she had played before and has propelled her to the front lines for major accolades during the coming awards season.
The AAFCA Report caught up with the actress to talk about her role in the ground breaking movie that is breaking box office records in limited release.