All hail the queen!
Golda Rosheuvel, who portrays Queen Charlotte on Netflix's Bridgerton, told Page Six that she is proud to be an out actress of color on a major television series.
"There's not a lot of us around who are gay, female, Black and I'm very privileged and blessed to be one of them," she said. "I'm not saying that I speak for a community, I'm a small voice in that community, but I think each of us who has a small voice creates something big and something wonderful for the next generation to see themselves and be proud of."
"I'm very proud of who I am," she added.
Produced by Shonda Rhimes and created by Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton has been praised by critics for not only being an entertaining period drama of the British upper class but also upending the traditionally white casting of this genre with people of color.
In her interview with Page Six, Rosheuvel reflected on how stories in media had long been "told by the privileged," and now people of color like Rhimes, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, and Ryan Coogler are upending that prejudiced paradigm.
"Then to be able to create the space where you can have a Black queen in the highest-watched period drama on Netflix, you can have that to be able to break down the boundaries to make the space for Black and brown people to be in a lavish, sexy, scandalous, beautiful representation of life," she said. "The journey is not over but it's definitely going in the right direction."