Thursday 8 December 2016

Love/Hate star Ruth Negga is tipped for Oscar success as she wows Cannes

Sean O'Grady

Published 17/05/2016 | 07:18

Irish actress Ruth Negga at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday
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Irish actress Ruth Negga at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday morning
Cast member Ruth Negga poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of film "Loving" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga as they arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Paterson" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of film "Loving" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Ruth Negga later on the red carpet with her co-star, Australian actor Joel Edgerton. Photo: Getty
Director Jeff Nichols (R), cast members Joel Edgerton (L) and Ruth Negga pose during a photocall for the film "Loving" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Ruth Negga might have to get used to the colour gold - the Irish actress is being hotly tipped for an Oscar statuette.

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The former Love/Hate star, who wore a full-length gold lame dress to screenings yesterday, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ruth Negga later on the red carpet with her co-star, Australian actor Joel Edgerton. Photo: Getty
Ruth Negga later on the red carpet with her co-star, Australian actor Joel Edgerton. Photo: Getty

The 33-year-old has been making waves among film buffs after her film, Loving, was inundated with praise following a press preview, and is being tipped for Oscar glory.

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Cast member Ruth Negga poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of film
Cast member Ruth Negga poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of film "Loving" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Ruth stars opposite Joel Edgerton as a married woman in 1950s' Virginia, struggling against America's laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

The Preacher actress has impressed critics so much that reporters at the festival asked her and co-star Joel if they had already prepared their Oscar speeches.

Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga as they arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film
Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga as they arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Paterson" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The TV star also revealed she found it quite "shocking" that the state of Alabama did not wipe all laws against interracial marriage from the books until 2000.

She pointed out that it was only last year that Ireland led the way and legalised same-sex marriage.

Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of film
Director Jeff Nichols (L) poses with cast members Joel Edgerton (R) and Ruth Negga on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of film "Loving" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

"Having a very Catholic history, I think we showed the world that it's possible to evolve in having discussions about equality," she said.

Based on a true story, Mildred and Richard Loving battled before the supreme court in 1967 for their right to live together as husband and wife, at a time when interracial marriage was illegal.

Director Jeff Nichols (R), cast members Joel Edgerton (L) and Ruth Negga pose during a photocall for the film
Director Jeff Nichols (R), cast members Joel Edgerton (L) and Ruth Negga pose during a photocall for the film "Loving" in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

The film follows the couple from their marriage in 1958 across the state line in Washington DC to the Virginia court ruling that saw them banished from their home state, and the years of social turmoil that followed.

The actress discussed the issue of diversity in t he film industry after last year's Oscar controversy when all the acting nominees were white.

"Diversity needs to operate on every level," she said.

"It's great that the Oscars have highlighted it, but black actors getting nominated shouldn't be the only result.

"There's so much more that needs to be done," she added.

Ruth - who has been dating her Preacher co-star Dominic Cooper since 2009 - previously revealed she felt like she never fitted in while growing up.

"My feelings of difference were partly down to having parents of different races," she told The Guardian.

"I had quite a scattered childhood. I was Irish in London, because I had my secondary school education there. I never really fitted anywhere," she said.

"I didn't feel it was a negative thing and I was never made to feel different, I just knew I was."

Ruth, who was raised between Limerick and London, first made a name for herself for her rose as Rosie on hit RTE drama Love/Hate.

She has since gone on to star opposite Brad Pitt in World War Z and has had roles in Misfits and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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