Queen Charlotte star Arsema Thomas has opened up about bonding with Golda Rosheuvel over their queer identities. On 4 May, Netflix dropped the highly anticipated prequel to its popular Regency-era drama Bridgerton.
The six-episode miniseries, which Shonda Rhimes created, follows a younger version of the titular character as she rises to power in the late 18th century while navigating her newfound romantic relationship with King George III.
In addition to Queen Charlotte and King George III, the series also features younger versions of other beloved Bridgerton characters like Lady Danbury, who’s played by openly queer actor Thomas.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the young talent opened up about joining the franchise and bonding with Rosheuvel over being Black queer women in the industry. “We went to Cape Town to promote the show, and my mother was there, and it was a beautiful moment of this meeting of so much feminine, powerful energy,” she explained. “We discussed so much about specifically being queer women in spaces, and in not African spaces, but in culturally Black spaces that can sometimes not always accept that and what it means to understand and be fully accepting of our identities.