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‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ Star Nabiyah Be Talks Simone’s Queer, Black Love Story

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Katcy Stephan SPOILER ALERT: This interview contains spoilers for Episode 7 of “Daisy Jones and the Six,” now streaming on Prime Video.

Simone Jackson doesn’t fade into the background. While readers of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Daisy Jones & the Six” just got a taste of the character, Prime Video’s series adaptation gives the disco diva, played by singer-songwriter Nabiyah Be, a much more significant arc outside of her relationship with Daisy (Riley Keough).

In Episode 7, titled “She’s Gone,” Simone’s story is front-and-center, as viewers follow her meteoric rise as a disco pioneer in the New York underground scene.

She does so alongside Bernie (Ayesha Harris), who becomes both her musical partner and romantic interest. Be hasn’t publicly commented on her sexuality before, but she tells Variety that she identifies as queer, which helped her relate to Simone’s story. “That was easier than if I were someone playing this role without that background.

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