Bridgerton star Golda Rosheuvel said the portrayal of sexuality, race and gender on screen has a “long way to go” but believes the historical drama reflects modern society.
The 52-year-old actress plays Queen Charlotte in the popular Netflix series, which is based on the real-life queen who was the wife of King George III.
Rosheuvel will reprise her role in the highly anticipated second season, which will be released on March 25th.
She told The Big Issue: “There’s a journey we all have to take as artists. It’s a struggle, but this struggle opens doors to positivity and opportunity.
“When something doesn’t go my way, like casting, I always think about what I can do to turn it into something positive.
“The portrayal of sexuality, race, gender definitely has a long way to go. There is a great learning process.
“The Crown, Emma, these shows paved the way for Bridgerton because they had no representation.
“That’s why we do what we do — we turned the negative into a positive with this show.”
The Guyanese-British actress added that she feels we learn from shows that lack representation and that Bridgerton is focused on “presenting the world we live in today.”
She added that the show will have another season three and four to develop this, as well as a spin-off.
Rosheuvel also credited the Bridgerton writers and the show’s producer Shonda Rhimes for taking the plunge by creating Queen Charlotte, as she feels it has broken “barriers” to representation.
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The actress said: “Hail to the creators and the writers’ room and their question: what if. What if we add Queen Charlotte into the mix?
“How do we create an inclusive and diverse world that represents the world we live in today? Putting you in this world opened up those barriers.
“It has created greater leeway for black and brown artists; living a life of joy, excitement, even scandal, love, sex, and putting it out there for people to relate to.”
She added: “That’s the Midas touch from Shonda Rhimes. Charlotte is all glitz and glamor on the outside, but you see behind the scenes. You see that she is a person with vulnerabilities.”
Bridgerton became the most-watched series on Netflix when it released on Christmas Day 2020 thanks to its daring scenes and lavish costumes and sets.
At the time, the streaming giant said the show was seen by a record 82 million households in 28 days.
In the new series, the Bridgerton family’s eldest son, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, becomes involved in a love triangle between Kate Sharma, played by Simone Ashley, and her sister Edwina, played by Charithra Chandran.
The second Bridgerton series starts March 25 on Netflix.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/long-way-to-go-on-depiction-of-sexuality-race-and-gender-bridgerton-star-41463439.html “Long way to go” for portraying sexuality, race and gender – Bridgerton star