Bridgerton star Golda Rosheuvel has revealed that she was urged to stay in the closet by a lesbian director at the beginning of her career, who felt her being openly gay would cause irreparable damage.
The Dune star said that she was told in no uncertain terms that it would ‘ruin your career as an actor’.
The actress, who plays Queen Charlotte in the hit Netflix series, said the advice, given to her as it was by a fellow member of the LGBTQ community, ‘blew my mind’.
‘We were talking about being out and proud and representation and whether I should say I was gay in interviews,” she recalled.
‘It was an absolute no: “You absolutely shouldn’t do that. It could or it would ruin your career as an actor.”’
The 52-year-old was baffled by the advice.
Speaking to the Just For Variety podcast, she added: ‘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… It just wasn’t how I was raised.
‘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.’
Rosheuvel stars alongside Jonathan Bailey, Kate Sharma and Nicola Coughlan in the second series of the raunchy, Regency-era drama, which is now streaming on Netflix.
A fan favourite, the flamboyant character – who boasts one of the finest wardrobes and wig collections (wigrobes?) of the show – is set to have her own spin-off show on Netflix, exploring her early life.
It won’t just be the young Queen Charlotte who will feature however, as beloved characters Violet Bridgerton (Ruth Gemmell) and Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) will also have their own histories uncovered.
Line of Duty actress India Amarteifio takes the part of the young Charlotte, while Golda will still appear too.
The star drew parallels for Queen Charlotte’s arc in season two with that of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, after the monarch suffered the loss of her husband in April last year.
She said at the premiere: ‘I’m thinking about dynasty and what that word means to us as human beings, but also what it means to the Queen and her problems with her husband and all of that stuff, and taking over that role.
‘It kind of mirrors what our own monarchy has done, and the loss of Philip for her.’
Bridgerton seasons one and two are available to stream on Netflix.