February 19, 2020
The actor and activist, who stars in Netflix hit You, on her teenage years as an anti-racist campaigner, modelling in Paris, #MeToo and the ‘sexist’ films she turned down
Saffron Burrows: ‘I was raised to feel like I could love who I wanted’
When Saffron Burrows became an actor, there were scripts she had to throw straight out. Her prospective characters “were always running for their life in high heels”, she says. “If I read that on page five, I would stop reading. I’d get to a sentence or character description and just think: ‘Who are these people?’”
She made her name in the classic 1990s films Circle of Friends and In the Name of the Father, going on to blockbusters such as Deep Blue Sea and Troy, before starring more recently in the TV shows Mozart in the Jungle and You. She is proud of the roles that define her career. But even prouder of those she turned down. “Oh my God, yes!” she shudders. “Some very successful sexist films they’re now making the third sequel of.”
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