Westworld's Thandie Newton Says She Felt More Comfortable Naked Than In Costume

"The costume was the most potent objectification of a woman."

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Thandie Newton has explained that she felt more "comfortable and empowered naked" in Westworld scenes than she did in her "objectifying saloon outfit".

The Pursuit of Happyness actress - who plays brothel madam Maeve Millay in the hit HBO sci-fi series - said her corset and fishnets were an "invitation for sex" while in conversation with Line Of Duty creator Jed Mecurio.

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"I found myself more empowered naked than I did with the saloon outfit," she said (via MailOnline) while promoting her upcoming debut in the fourth series of the aforementioned acclaimed BBC police procedural drama.

"I was more comfortable naked because the costume was the most potent objectification of a woman, with the boobs pushed right up, the tiny waist, it's an invitation for sex," the 44-year-old star continued.

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"The fishnet tights, the little heels with the laces... It's all about sensuality. It's about eroticism. It's about, 'Look, but don't touch'.

"It's all there to make the invitation for sex as provocative as possible and then the promise of satisfaction is practically just there."

Newton also added that she was treated with more respect on set during the naked scenes. HBO Programming President Casey Bloys recently announced the show has been renewed for a second series (via Variety), and it's rumoured that Newton will be reprising her role as Millay.

Meanwhile in Line of Duty, Newton will play DCI Roz Huntley in who falls under the suspicion of AC-12 over her handling of a career-defining case, Operation Trapdoor. The series moves from BBC2 to BBC1 on Sunday, March 26.