Thandie Newton & Her Premiere Posse

Thandie Newton attended the London premiere of Kung Fu Panda 2 on Sunday (June 5) and brought along her kids and their friend to share in the festivities.

10-year-old Ripley (in the red cap) and 6-year-old Nico (in the furry vest) even got to walk the red carpet with their mom and mingled with star Jack Black and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The actress recently opened up about an affair she had as a 16-year-old with a man 23-years her senior. That man was then-39-year-old director John Duigan, who was at the helm of Flirting, one of Thandie’s first roles and which co-starred Nicole Kidman.

The Mission Impossible II star says she was taken advantage of when she was young and vulnerable, but learned from the experience. “I was a very shy, very sweet girl. I wasn’t in control of the situation,” she said. “Would I have liked things to be different? Sure.

“But I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I don’t see myself as a victim.”

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