Ruth Negga loves working with her Dominic Cooper – who also happens to be her boyfriend.
The couple who have been together for over six years now – star together in AMC’s Preacher and though 16-hour days on set can be intense, the 36-year-old actress loves having a “buddy” to watch out for her during what can be a “lonely” time.
She told Harper’s Bazaar magazine: “It can be so lonely filming, so it’s like your buddy and your back up.
“He’s got my back and I’ve got his. Very much so.”
Earlier this year, Ruth was nominated for an Oscar in ‘Loving’, in which she played Mildred Loving, one half of a mixed-race couple who challenged the US legal system for the right to marry and live together in Virginia in the 1960s, and because she misses the character so much she often rewatches a documentary about the late activist and her husband Richard.
And she admits that even if she never works again, she’ll always be thankful for that movie.
She said: “Honestly, if I never do anything again, I got to be in the orbit of really special people.”
Ruth even worries she’ll never find another role that matches her experience on Loving.
Asked if she worries nothing else could compare, she said: “Oh of course. And sometimes I don’t think I’ve got anything else in me. But I think that’s a natural place to be. I need to fill back u again.”
Despite her prominence during awards season, Ruth insists she hasn’t been “inundated” with work offers and thinks that’s because she’s quite hard to cast.
She said: “I’m quite tricky to put in anything. I don’t think people really ever know what to do with me. It doesn’t bother me at all. It’s given me the impetus to create things. I don’t need to be an actor. I used to, but not any more. I think at some point I’ll resist people telling me what to do.”