Naomie Harris: ‘I’m Completely in Love With Will Smith’
Naomie Harris has labeled Will Smith “the nicest man I’ve ever worked with.” The 39-year-old actress has shared the screen with a host of big names, including Daniel Craig, Idris Elba, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth. She recently started working on new movie Collateral Beauty, which also stars Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley, but it’s her co-star Smith who has really taken Harris aback.
During an appearance on Lorraine on Monday, Harris recalled her trip to the White House for a screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. “I had such a wonderful time there. (President Barack) Obama is so amazing – he walks into the room and the whole energy just changes, he’s so charismatic, it’s incredible,” she smiled. “Along with Will Smith… I’m filming with Will Smith at the moment and I’m completely in love with him. He’s incredible – he’s the nicest man I’ve ever worked with!” One of the actress’ most recent roles has seen her star as Moneypenny in the James Bond films. Taking on the role of the beloved secretary-turned-confidante was a game changer for the star, who admits she thanks her lucky stars every day that she was cast in the films. “It’s been amazing for me. It has just completely transformed my career, so I feel incredibly lucky to be part of this franchise, I really do,” she gushed. “I absolutely love being part of this family and it is a real family – that’s what is so special about it, you know, brother and sister at the helm as producers – Michael (G. Wilson) and Barbara (Broccoli) – and they are phenomenal. They make everyone feel so loved and they take care of everyone, it’s an amazing thing,” she added. Harris also took the opportunity to discuss the issue of diversity in Hollywood. Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith have made the decision to boycott the upcoming Oscars due to there being no black nominees, and Harris hopes that publicizing the problem will help to resolve it. “There is a real issue with diversity and I hope that it really gets fixed because there are so many talented actors and actresses of different ethnicities who aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve,” she said.