By Luaine Lee
Tribune News Service
WWR Article (tl;dr) Academy Award nominated actress Samantha Morton’s story of survival is empowering women around the world. Trapped in a dysfunctional family, she grew up in 12 foster homes as well as some orphanages (which she calls “child care”) leaving school at 13. Today she is the story of success as a top actress in the film industry with a beautiful family at home.
British actress Samantha Morton admits she’s plucky. “I was the type of child that if at school someone was being bullied, I’d go and get the bully,” she says over the din in a restaurant here.
“I was very forthright. I think the word is ‘fearless’ … I’ve always had no fear in regards to living; because there’s so much to be afraid of that you just have to let it all go,” she says.
Morton has a right to be fearless. Trapped in a dysfunctional family, she grew up in 12 foster homes as well as some orphanages (which she calls “child care”) leaving school at 13.
She didn’t quit school, she insists. “I just couldn’t GET to school. I was in social care, children’s homes and things like that. My school was two buses away and I’d try, and in the end, I just got fed up with missing the bus or not being able to get to school on time. I didn’t have the right clothes. I didn’t finish school,” he shakes her head.
“I suppose I was fearless as a little girl. Now I’m less so because when you start having children the fear comes in about the things you can’t control or handle,” she says, sipping a porcelain cup of tea.
Most people remember the round-faced actress as the winsome mute in Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown,” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination. She snagged another as the struggling Irish mother in “In America.” She’s played a variety of characters: from the timid Jane Eyre to the regal Mary Queen of Scots. And in her latest role, she’s a veteran private eye trailing a gang of cunning jewel thieves through Europe.