Ratched Star Sophie Okonedo Talks Importance Of People Of Colour In Non-Historical Period Dramas

By Duchess Magazine

Ratched Star Sophie Okonedo

British born Nigerian actress Sophie Okonedo who had her breakout role in Hotel Rwanda is currently getting nods from critics following her brilliant interpretation of Charlotte Wells in Netflix’s Ratched. Produced by Ryan Murphy, it boasts of a stellar cast including Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis and Sharon Stone.

The Oscar nominee and Tony winner, 52, In a recent interview with Shadow and Act, dished on her role in the series as well as the importance of black actress in a period piece which doesn’t involve history like slavery or civil rights.

“I think that’s kind of Ryan,” said Okonedo of Murphy, who cast Laura Harrier and Jeremy Pope in another period drama series from earlier this year, Hollywood. “He mixes things up and he just puts all different situations. He doesn’t write what would be, he writes what could be, all the time. It’s really an expansive way of making television. You’re just telling these different stories.  ”

“I did Shakespeare on television on the BBC  and it was Queen Margaret. And some people were like how could she play Queen Margaret of Anjou in Shakespeare’s time and I’m like… guys…there’s a ghots in this story . It doesn’t really matter. Shakespeare is writing about a much bigger picture than that. I mean, he’s putting people together that weren’t even living in the same century.”

Ratched is currently streaming on Netflix.




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