Monday 23 October 2017

Ruth Negga 'can't stop staring' at Jimmy Fallon's moustache: 'You look like an Irish politician in the '80s'

Ruth Negga on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Ruth Negga on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Ruth Negga on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish actress Ruth Negga was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night and she said what was on everyone's minds.

American tv host Jimmy Fallon has grown a questionable moustache of late and Negga, who is originally from Ethiopia before moving to Limerick, said she couldn't concentrate on his questions because of his new accessory.

"You look like an Irish politician in the '80s," she said to rapturous applause.

"That's the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me," Fallon quipped in response.

Ruth Negga on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Ruth Negga on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

The 35-year-old is already something of a veteran in the tricky world of the late night talk show circuit after promoting her Oscar-nominated role in Loving late last year ahead of awards season.

And Fallon referenced her last time on the show, where she divulged that Grease 2 is her favourite movie, largely because of Michelle Pfeiffer. This time around, she was back to promote the second season of Preacher, in which she stars opposite boyfriend of six years Dominic Cooper.

"We just wrapped in New Orleans which was fantastic. It's such a brilliant city to work in, it's in the comic books so to film there, it lent us this...it's a very beautiful city, very vibrant, there's a hard, gothic-ness, which really suits our tv show which is subversive and odd.

In most interviews, she skillfully dodges questions about her other half, only dishing to Vogue about how the opportunity for them to appear together onscreen came about.

"I had the script first. And he put me on tape for it, reading, and then he was like: ‘Hold on a minute; this is really good.’ I showed him the comic-book cover, and it’s basically his face," she explained.

It marks her first major project since awards season ended - of which she was the darling - landing a Vogue, Vanity Fair and W cover in the last six months alone. And she said she was happy to return to a set that excited her after the hullabaloo of the Academy Awards.

"To close the door on all that heightened emotion and excitement, to hear Meryl Streep call your name, or walk on the iconic red carpet at Cannes, and then find yourself staring into the abyss would have been quite a shock," she told the Telegraph.

"Thankfully, I got to come back to a job with people I love and admire."

As for that's next, she explained: "I'm not in a rush. I'm not that kind of person. I move quite slowly in my work. It's important for me to figure out what I would like to do and what's possible before I get sucked up into any whirlwind."

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