British actress Thandie Newton appeared on UK television talking about working alongside Tupac in the movie Gridlock’d.
A guest on Big Narstie’s chat show, ‘The Big Narstie Show‘, Thandie briefly spoke about her experiences with Tupac. In the 1997 crime comedy, Thandie plays the role of Barbara ‘Cookie’ Cook, a heroin-addicted singer who overdoses. Her death prompted fellow addicts and band mates Spoon, Tupac’s character and Stretch, played by Tim Roth, to become clean. Although Tupac starred in the movie, Gridlock’d was released in January 1997, four months after his death.
The episode, which originally aired in July 2018, saw Big Narstie burst with excitement when he found out that Thandie Newton worked with Tupac. Upon discovering she starred in Gridlock’d, Big Narstie asks how Tupac was on the set. Thandie only had a handful of movies under her belt when she starred in Gridlock’d. Speaking highly of Tupac, she stated that he was “the loveliest person.”
Tupac Taking Care Of Family While Filming Gridlock’d
The London-born actress also added that Tupac had a special nickname for her, which was ‘lamb chop’. Previously, Thandie said she found out why that nickname. Apparently, Tupac thought she was a lean piece of meat, which she didn’t mind him thinking.
Lastly, Thandie remembers witnessing a shirtless Tupac sorting through lists of people that he was taking care of financially. “He spent a whole hour with his assistant going through a list of how much money he was giving each member of his family. How he was, you know, ‘don’t want to give too much money to them because their back on drugs’. He was really responsible, really taking care of everybody.”
Similarly, Thandie’s Gridlock’d co-star Tim Roth shares his account of Tupac in his trailer. Tim said, “I used to quietly slide into his trailer during the day at some point when no one was around. I’d kick back and have a beer and he’d be sitting there writing, which was good. Good to see. He worked at it. His success was not a fluke. He was a poet.”