Naomie Harris believes she landed more roles after unpleasant experience at Cambridge University – Daily Mail

Naomie Harris believes her education at Cambridge University boosted her career as it led film bosses to ‘perceive her differently.’

The actress, 45, told Tatler she believes she landed some roles over other credible actors as film bosses automatically assume she ‘has a brain,’ after she studied social and political sciences at Pembroke College.

As she prepares to reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond film No Time To Die, Naomie also said that she hopes the blockbuster’s outcome will be seen as ‘female-driven’ by some fans.

Candid: Naomie Harris, 45, believes her education at Cambridge University boosted her career as it led film bosses to 'perceive her differently'

Candid: Naomie Harris, 45, believes her education at Cambridge University boosted her career as it led film bosses to 'perceive her differently'

Candid: Naomie Harris, 45, believes her education at Cambridge University boosted her career as it led film bosses to ‘perceive her differently’

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Naomie explained that during her time at Cambridge she mixed with many figures who go into hold positions of power in the film industry, and now believes she may have had an advantage in some roles due to her elite education.

She said: ‘Although it was not a particularly pleasant experience, Cambridge has always been helpful for me’…

‘Because, as an actor, a lot of the rooms I’ve been in are with people who’ve been there or to Oxford. Y’know, they might be a completely different generation to me, but it’s a point of connection. 

Candid: The actress told Tatler she believes she landed some roles over other credible actors as film bosses automatically assume she 'has a brain' (pictured in Skyfall)

Candid: The actress told Tatler she believes she landed some roles over other credible actors as film bosses automatically assume she 'has a brain' (pictured in Skyfall)

Candid: The actress told Tatler she believes she landed some roles over other credible actors as film bosses automatically assume she ‘has a brain’ (pictured in Skyfall)

‘That may well be the reason [on occasions] why I’ve got a job over someone else. I really believe that sometimes happens. 

‘I also think it gives you a gravitas in terms of people’s perceptions. I’m not saying this is the way things should be. 

‘But people do perceive you differently as a result of having gone there. And I think, particularly as a woman in this industry, it helps to have that. People assume, ”Oh. She’s got a brain.”’ 

Naomie went onto discuss her role as Moneypenny in No Time To Die, explaining she hoped that this version of the film will be more ‘female-driven.’

Difficult: Naomie was praised by fans last year when she spoke out about her experience being assaulted by a 'huge star' during an audition in her 20s (pictured in October 2019)

Difficult: Naomie was praised by fans last year when she spoke out about her experience being assaulted by a 'huge star' during an audition in her 20s (pictured in October 2019)

Difficult: Naomie was praised by fans last year when she spoke out about her experience being assaulted by a ‘huge star’ during an audition in her 20s (pictured in October 2019)

She added: ‘It’s a difficult tightrope to walk. You have to honour the Bond of old. If you modernise too quickly, you lose what makes Bond Bond. 

‘And part of what makes Bond what it is is that foot in the past. It has that traditional aspect to it. You have to honour that, I think. But then, as well, you have to move with the times.’

Naomie was praised by fans last year when she spoke out about her experience being assaulted by a ‘huge star’ during an audition in her 20s.

She told The Guardian at the time: ‘I was in an audition and he put his hand up my skirt. 

‘What was so shocking about it was the casting director was there and the director, and of course no one said anything at all because he was – he is – such a huge star.’

Hard: The Moonlight star went onto discuss the positive reaction she received from other women in the wake of the #MeToo movement (pictured in February)

Hard: The Moonlight star went onto discuss the positive reaction she received from other women in the wake of the #MeToo movement (pictured in February)

Hard: The Moonlight star went onto discuss the positive reaction she received from other women in the wake of the #MeToo movement (pictured in February)

Detailing the responses she received from other women in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Naomie added: ‘I’ve just had an outpouring of women saying, ‘Me too’, basically. 

‘There have been some catty things from a few people. ”Why didn’t you say that before? Why didn’t you speak out earlier?” As though there’s a time limit on these things.

‘On the whole, people have been incredibly supportive. And I don’t feel that, in terms of my career, there have been any repercussions at all.’

After spending in months in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also led to No Time To Die being delayed until April 2021, Naomie also explained that being in such isolation led to ask some difficult questions about herself.

Important: Naomie also said she hopes the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, will be seen as more 'female-driven' by fans

Important: Naomie also said she hopes the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, will be seen as more 'female-driven' by fans

Important: Naomie also said she hopes the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, will be seen as more ‘female-driven’ by fans

She added: ‘I’m not sure yet. What I do know is, I’m grateful I had this opportunity to reassess my life. 

‘I realised that so much of my identity and my life is tied into work. And that there are huge areas outside of that that are so underdeveloped and underexplored.’

‘Y’know, I used to constantly think, ”Oh, when I achieve this, when I achieve that, then I can relax a bit more, then I can be a bit more at peace, then all will be well in my world.” 

See the full feature in the December issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Tuesday 3rd November. https://www.tatler.com/

See the full feature in the December issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Tuesday 3rd November. https://www.tatler.com/

See the full feature in the December issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Tuesday 3rd November. https://www.tatler.com/

‘And actually, thinking back, the moments of greatest peace during this have been with my family.’

No Time To Die is the 25th film in the franchise, and finds Bond after he has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, from the CIA turns up asking for help. 

Leaving his seemingly happy life with Madeleine, played by actress Lea Seydoux, Bond returns to the field to face Safin who is armed with a new dangerous technology that could impact the world. 

The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was pushed back to November in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

See the full feature in the December issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Tuesday 3rd November. https://www.tatler.com/