Golda Rosheuvel is feeling proud.
The 51-year-old actress — who memorably portrays Queen Charlotte on the hit romantic period drama — is well aware of the importance of her taking on a regal role as a woman of color.
“For a long time now stories had been told by the privileged,” she told Page Six in a recent interview. “And I think it’s time that the door has opened and the time is now that the door is being opened by people of color, black and brown people, Shonda Rhimes, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Coogler.”
She added: “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. The journey is not over but it’s definitely going in the right direction.”
Rosheuvel is also grateful for being able to be openly gay.
“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.”
Rosheuvel, who is able to devastatingly destroy a minion with a supercilious arch of her eyebrow or withering gaze while popping a bonbon, has just one complaint about playing Queen Charlotte.
“I was sick of eating the bonbons,” she said with a laugh.