Ashton wears a dress and sweater by MOLLY GODDARD, an earcuff by CHARLOTTE CHESNAIS and a ring by JENNIFER FISHER. The work of a convincing performer is to make a practice of disjunction, blurring fact and fiction until it’s no longer clear where the performance ends. Zawe Ashton, an actor and writer from East London, has been performing for so long that she sometimes feels as though she has “just woken up.” “There has been this eye, this gaze, that has followed me since birth, ” she says. This is what it is to have grown up as a child This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Films Issue 44 Wardrobe Malfunction Why does the fashion in films so often disappoint? Films Issue 43 Ita O’Brien On the urgency of intimacy coordinators on set. Arts & Culture Films Music Issue 42 Peer Review Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat pays homage to the iconic Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Films Issue 41 Isabel Sandoval On the limits of autobiography. Films Issue 41 Mike Leigh The remarkable director discusses starting from nothing, over and over again. Arts & Culture Films Issue 40 Fan Bingbing The woman who changed the face of China.