If my playing a woman is going to get the point across, I'll do that.
For the first time, she was playing a woman her own age, 29.
Thompson is known to have played women for at least ten years, if not more.
She played a woman whose son has died of malaria.
It was almost as if she were playing an old woman but wasn't accustomed to the role.
She played sweet Diana, a young woman of a great heart.
"In the film I play a much older woman," she said.
Because of her mature voice, she often plays strong, beautiful women.
From there, she has made a name for herself playing intriguing, complex women.
Or the true story of the white actress playing a black woman in Shakespeare.