Ruth Negga Stirs Oscar Buzz With New Film ‘Loving’

Loving tells the real-life story of Mildred (Ruth Negga) and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), an interracial couple that fell in love and got married at a time when such romances were forbidden. Young, in love, and with a baby on the way, not even Mildred expects her romance with Richard to have a happy ending. Either too smitten or too naïve to care, Richard throws caution to the wind and proposes to Mildred, the love of his life. In 1958, the Loving’s home state of Virginia deemed interracial marriage illegal, forcing the couple to drive to Washington and perform the ceremony in secret.1-wrz68i2xl2h8wql568dazq

Over the nine years that Loving covers, it is a joy to watch Ruth Negga’s portrayal of Mildred as she goes from a shy country girl to confident woman, speaking up with gradually revealed determination against the unfairness endured by her family at a time when many voices were silenced. It’s not surprising Best Actress Oscar talk began when the movie had its premiere at Cannes in May and again in September at TIFF.

“I think it’s important to see a woman who’s quite reserved and shy and quiet show a certain strength, because there’s many kind of strengths isn’t there?” said the Ethiopia-born and Ireland-raised Ruth Negga in her soft Irish lilt.

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As long as they can be together, the Lovings are fine with keeping their marriage under wraps. Their honeymoon period doesn’t last very long. In the middle of the night, the police come crashing through their bedroom door, drag Richard and Mildred out of bed, and haul them off to jail. The Lovings each receive a one-year jail sentence but have their sentences suspended on the condition that they leave the state. Born and raised in the country, Mildred has never even been to the city. Despite her attempts to acclimatize to city life, it’s clear that Mildred’s heart remains back in Virginia with her family. The rest of the film focuses on the Loving’s battle to return home as husband and wife.

Ruth Negga other  works on the hit ABC series “Agents of Shield” and HBO’s newcomer “Preacher”

 

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Capital Letters Taiwo
2005 Stars Sophie Short film
2005 3-Minute 4-Play Woman Short film
2005 Breakfast on Pluto Charlie
2005 Isolation Mary
2005 Colour Me Kubrick Lolita
2006 The Four Horsemen Woman Priest Short film
2009 Corduroy Tess Short film
2010 Jacob
2010 Bleach Anne Short film
2011 Hello Carter Doctor Short film
2012 Fury Iris
2013 World War Z WHO doctor
2013 12 Years a Slave Celeste Deleted scenes
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Ida
2013 Things He Never Said Rachel Short film
2014 Noble Joan
2014 Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind Jessica
2016 Loving Mildred Loving Pending — Gotham Award for Best Actress
2016 Warcraft Lady Taria, Queen of Stormwind

 

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Doctors Wanda Harrison Episode: “The Replacement”
2004 Love is the Drug Lisa Sheerin 4 episodes
2008 Criminal Justice Melanie Lloyd 5 episodes
2009 Personal Affairs Doris “Sid” Siddiqi 5 episodes
2010 Five Daughters Rochelle 3 episodes
2010–2011 Love/Hate Rosie 8 episodes
2010 Misfits Nikki 6 episodes
2010 The Nativity Leah 4 episodes
2011 Shirley Shirley Bassey Television film
2012 Secret State Agnes Evans 4 episodes
2013–2015 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Raina 17 episodes
2016–present Preacher Tulip O’Hare

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