Naomie Harris admitted in recent interviews that the role of Winnie Mandela was so difficult on her psyche that she had to take an extended period of time away from acting just to remove the image of the role of this woman from her mind. Prior to the Mandela movie Naomie Harris was considered a good supporting actor but her spectacular performance as Winnie Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela has resulted in her being looked at as a legitimate leading actress for future film roles.
The role of Winnie Mandela was very challenging for Naomie Harris as it required her to tap into some emotional depths that very few actress could reach or would be willing to pursue. The result of her acting performance in the Mandela movie was recognition from many critics as an acting talent for whom potential awards and other major film roles should follow.
The past two years have been exceptional, career changing years for Naomie Harris. In 2012 she won the role of Ms. Moneypenny in the James Bond 007 movie “Skyfall” and this was followed by her wining the role of Winnie Mandela, mother of Nelson Mandela’s children. Very few actresses are able to be part of one major film in their career and yet Naomie Harris can now claim to have been part of two big budget films within one year of each other.
Naomie Harris has become an actress of high renown in the minds of fans and entertainment insiders for her accurate representation of Winnie Mandela in the film Mandela and she seems to taking the same career path as Oscar award winner Angela Basset who also portrayed a very strong and controversial woman with her representation of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It”. While the role of Ms. Moneypenny in the movie “Skyfall" for Naomie Harris placed her in the public eye the role of Ms. Mandela is the role that will be recognized for making Naomie Harris a household name in the world of acting.