One “Bridgerton” star was warned to stay in the closet to further her acting career.
Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte on the “Bridgerton” Netflix series, explained that she received advice to stay in the closet from someone in the industry.
‘Bridgerton’ Actress Warned To Stay In The Closet
It’s no secret that the entertainment industry is competitive and Rosheuvel was advised to keep her identity in the closet to help her career.
On the April 27th episode of the “Just for Variety” podcast, Rosheuvel said the a lesbian director told her to stay closeted to further her career. Rosheuvel said the advice “blew my mind.”
“We were talking about being out and proud and representation and whether I should say I was gay in interviews,” she told host Marc Malkin. “And it was an absolute no. ‘You absolutely shouldn’t do that. It could or it would ruin your career as an actor.’”
Rosheuvel said that the advice was confusing, especially coming from someone who was already out of the closet herself. She said, “And then her being out as a female director, as a lesbian director, I was like, ‘I don’t understand this advice.’ It blew my mind.”
“Love is love,” Rosheuvel added. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s between a man and a woman when you are an actor creating a character.”
Although her character is married to King George III, the actress behind Queen Charlotte is not going to hide who she is to please others.
“I would rather lose a job than not be true to who I am. I’d rather not work in an industry that doesn’t accept me,” she added. “It just wasn’t how I was raised.”
Fortunately, Rosheuvel doesn’t need to worry about her career. Earlier this month, Netflix revealed the actors and actresses behind the main cast of the “Bridgerton” spin-off series, including who will play a young Queen Charlotte.
New Spin-Off Series Finds Its Young Queen Charlotte
Golda Rosheuvel will be back to reprise her role in the new spin-off series alongside Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton) and Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury).
A young Queen Charlotte will be played by India Amarteifio, who is known for starring opposite Thandiwe Newton on “Line of Duty.” Arsema Thomas has been cast as a young Agatha Danbury. The actress for young Violet Bridgerton has yet to be announced. Corey Mylchreest will play a young King George and “Game of Thrones” alum Michelle Fairley has been cast as his mother Princess Augusta, who is intent on maintaining her son’s power.
Sam Clemmett (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway and West End) will play Young Brimsley. Richard Cunningham (“The Witcher”) will play Lord Bute. Tunji Kasim (“Nancy Drew”) will play Adolphus. Rob Maloney (“Casualty” will play the Royal Doctor. Cyril Nri (“Cucumber”) plays Lord Danbury. Hugh Sachs, from the first two seasons of “Bridgerton,” will play an older version of Young Brimsley.
The series, which was announced last May, will explore Queen Charlotte’s marriage to King George III and how it marked not only a great love story but also a shift in society.