dreamt of dining on the delicious Zambian . . .
Thandie Newton was a new face when she appeared opposite Tom Cruise
in the big screen blow-'em-up "Mission: Impossible 2"
this past summer. If you have an eye trained for babes, though,
you know that she's appeared with Cruise before -- in 1994's
"Interview with a Vampire" -- where she played a Creole
slave whose suspicious ways made her dinner for the dubious dead men walking.
Since then, men too many to count
true "nubian princess" (her mother is a Zimbabwean
Princess from the Shona tribe), Thandie's family relocated from
Africa to the United Kingdom when she was only five. She took
up acting after an injury forced her into "time off" from
dance -- and she landed a lead role in the critically-acclaimed
Australian hit "Flirting."
star of previous films such as "Besieged" and box-office
failure "Beloved," Thandie was scheduled to keep her
momentum going by capitalizing on the fact that she has the face of
an angel. Were it not for scheduling conflicts, Thandie -- not
equally babe-a-licious Lucy Lui -- would have joined Drew Barrymore
and Cameron Diaz as the Gen-X trio of "Charlie's Angels."
she's been given some deserved time off to enjoy her 1998 marriage
and the subsequent birth of her first child -- and, of course, being
named our "MVP of the Week."