Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.The pickup truck used in the film initially has the branding on the front grille worn away/blacked out.“He said it felt like we were both like carrying this really special antique, priceless vase, but we were both carrying it together.” Negga also believes that audiences are responding – and will continue to respond – to the larger issues that the film raises, issues that weren’t simply left behind in 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Lovings.“I think that people can’t quite believe that you could do go to jail, be banished from your home state just because you want to legitimize something as beautiful as falling in love and wanting to make a life with someone,” she said.“It was Mildred’s tenacity and perseverance,” Negga said firmly. READ MORE: ‘Loving’ Trailer: Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga Are Major Oscar Contenders In Emotional True Story Working with both Nichols and Edgerton gave Negga the freedom – and confidence – to portray Mildred in the ways that Negga felt were most important, and the collaborative nature of the film’s production only further fueled her creative process.As she put it, “The Mildred I created, I could not have created that Mildred onscreen without Joel or Jeff.” First and foremost, Negga had to allow herself to create said Mildred without feeling too beholden to the real-life Mildred Loving, or too trapped by the responsibility at hand.“There is that responsibility that can sort of turn into paralysis,” she said.
“I think that’s why it resonates.” But while Negga was enthralled by the Lovings and their very special relationship, she was particularly invested in Mildred and the unique spirit that helped drive her during some of the Lovings’ darkest moments.
Nichols’ film eschews the standard high-drama biographical movie formula, instead focusing on the more intimate aspects of the love story that would go on to change the face of marriage in America.
While many Americans are at least aware of the existence of the landmark Loving v.
Ruth Negga employs a couple of handy metaphors when talking about her turn as Mildred Loving in Jeff Nichols’ biographical drama, “Loving,” from carrying a precious vase to safety alongside her co-star Joel Edgerton to launching off a trampoline under the guidance of Nichols.
But each metaphor – thoughtfully considered and very charming, much like the Ethiopian-Irish actress herself – help drives home one single thing: The delicate, brave nature of taking on such a meaningful and important role.