British actor Jodie Turner-Smith, who impressed fellow Brit Daniel Kaluuya in “Queen & Slim” (via IMDb), is making big waves as the first Black artist to play Anne Boleyn, playing Tudor in the miniseries “Anne Boleyn.” But, as she said to Daily Monster, it is not to prove a point.
Rather, “what resonates with me is the story,” she says. Turner-Smith wants to introduce the truth about a famous woman who has been unjustly maligned by the public and tragically misunderstood as a result. In fact, the series follows Boleyn not at the height of her power but leading up to her execution, when everything falls apart and the world begins to turn against her.
The actress did a lot of research for the role to make sure that the character was humanized instead of sensational, as she had been many times in the past. However, even though Boleyn existed hundreds of years ago, Turner-Smith believes her story has modern implications, especially considering the treatment Princess Diana and Meghan Markle.
“That’s another thing that makes this story so compelling to tell, it’s a concept, this idea that a woman seems to break the monarchy – what does that mean for the around her and that means they need to try and destroy her and take her down,” she explained.
The British star doesn’t think this only applies to the monarchy, however, she describes it as “a universal concept”.
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