Sophia Nomvete says her character in the upcoming Lord of the Rings series is “the face of the necessary balance” in the entertainment industry.
The British actress said the Amazon series will help create “accessibility for generations to come” as for younger audiences the show will be their first exposure to JRR Tolkien’s universe. .
Her character Disa was the first female portrayal of a dwarf ever shown in the series and was one of several people of color in the cast.
“We are rebalancing the balance in the film and television industry, television and of course, this franchise and I hope, there will be a lot of franchises,” she told PA news agency. trade in the future.
“These are the best people for the roles but what they did was open the door for people of all backgrounds to come forward and have the opportunity to rise.
“Being part of making it accessible for generations to come. For the new generations, this is their version of Tolkien, this is what my daughter will see of Tolkien’s works.
“It’s their moment and it’s very important and I hope more people will see this fantasy and be able to relate to it.”
She continued: “This is a reflection of the world we live in, there are many and we are different and we will embrace and explore, and disassemble, and learn, and educate, and Educated.
“And we can only do that when we accept and love our differences.
“Becoming a poster child and waving the flag, being a mother, being a woman, being a person of color, being a well-rounded woman is seen as a thing of beauty is something that we don’t always have. see.
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“So the image of Disa… it’s all of that personified on one face, and it just happened to be my face.”
Nomvete previously revealed that she auditioned for the film two days before giving birth, and that the shoulder seams of the costume had been adjusted so that she could take off the costume easily to breastfeed.
Her cast also praised the diversity in the cast featured in Tolkien’s original material.
Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, who plays Arondir, said: “The perception of that has grown… the cinematic world that Peter Jackson created is of immense value but we changed the lens. since then.
“The conversation is different now, but going back to the source material, the world is very diverse, not only in terms of race but also in thinking.
“It’s a diverse mix and now we’re just adding people from different backgrounds.”
Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who plays Miriel, added: “This cast is truly global…everyone has a frame of reference for their culture, their heritage, what they mean to them, their language. their language.
“Part of the story we’re trying to tell is that you have people of different races coming together to defeat a common enemy.
“You are trying to see this through a modern lens and the world is global and people now expect to see this kind of world represented globally.
“Even when I see different posters appear. The program title is written in how many different languages? That is a beautiful thing. “
– The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power will air on Amazon on September 2.
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