Monday 28 May 2018

This is why Ruth Negga was missing from all of awards season

Ruth Negga arrives for the Premiere Of AMC's
Ruth Negga arrives for the Premiere Of AMC's "Preacher" Season 2 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga steps out in a green Guinness sweatshirt and round sunglasses in New York. Picture: Splash News
Actress Ruth Negga attends AMC's "Preacher" Season 2 Premiere at the Theater at the Ace Hotel on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC)
Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga attends An Evening Honoring Louis Vuitton and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga attends the Volez, Vogez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton Exhibition Opening on October 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga speak onstage during the "Preacher" Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC)
Ruth Negga attends the Tiffany & Co. 2017 Blue Book Collection Gala at ST. Ann's Warehouse on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)
Ruth Negga has been nominated for an IFTA. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Ruth Negga in 'Preacher'
(L-R) Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun attend an autograph signing, panel and screening of AMC's new series "Preacher" at SXSW on March 14, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for AMC Networks)
Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga attend the Marc Jacobs afterparty of the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between Costume Institute Gala at the Boom Boom Room on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare in Preacher
Ruth Negga with Dominic Cooper and Joseph Gilgun in AMC's Preacher
Actress Ruth Negga attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards Photo: Getty
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in association with Ralph & Russo, Audemars Piguet and Mercedes-Benz at Claridge's Hotel on November 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar )
Ruth Negga attends the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Theatre Royal on December 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

We weren't exactly short of Irish talent representing our little island in Hollywood at the Oscars this year.

Saoirse Ronan was in contention for Best Actress, Martin McDonagh for Best Picture, Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor and Cartoon Saloon for Best Animated Feature Film; but one face was notably missing throughout the awards season excitement, that of last year's golden girl Ruth Negga.

The Ethiopian-Irish actress (36) was the toast of Tinseltown in 2017 - despite being well known to those in Ireland's theatre scene, she was a fresh new face in Hollywood, displaying impressive range for her role in Loving.

Traditionally, the previous year's stars lead the charge the following year, but Negga was nowhere to be seen.

Ruth Negga has been nominated for an IFTA. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images
Ruth Negga has been nominated for an IFTA. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIXJEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images

But it's all for very practical reasons: Negga is in New Orleans filming the third season of the delightfully bizarre Preacher (opposite boyfriend Dominic Cooper), which airs on AMC in the US and has been for the last number of months in order to meet the deadline for their summer air date.

She hasn't exactly disappeared from the spotlight though, the former Love/Hate star has just been announced as the new face of French fashion house Louis Vuitton, which is hardly a surprise given her permanent FROW status at their shows and store openings around the world.

And despite being flooded with offers after her Oscar nomination last year, she said last summer she was focused on taking a break, having lived stateside for much of the last two years.

"I think I should probably take a break. Maybe visit my house in London. Turn my refrigerator back on," she told Town & Country.

Ruth Negga with Dominic Cooper and Joseph Gilgun in AMC's Preacher
Ruth Negga with Dominic Cooper and Joseph Gilgun in AMC's Preacher

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