Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte actor auditioned for a very different role for the first time
The talent behind Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte, Golda Rocheuvel, reveals she originally auditioned for a very different role on the show.
Golda Rosheuvelthe very talented comedian behind Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte, originally auditioned for a very different role in the Shondaland series. BridgertonThe story begins in 1813, taking place during the Georgian era regency period in British history. While most fictional tales seem to orbit the royalty of the Prince Regent (the period namesake) or King George III in decline, Bridgerton placed Queen Charlotte center stage.
Last season, Her Majesty felt that Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) was the “ton diamond“, propelling her into the limelight of society and into the esteem of the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). But with a new season comes a new gem, this time in the form of Miss Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandram), who caught the eye of Daphne’s older brother, Lord Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey. At first glance, however, it may be his sister, Kate (Simone Ashley), who grabs the Viscount’s heart. However, Queen Charlotte’s interest seems to lie entirely elsewhere and with an entirely different woman. Royally stating in the official trailer that “Lady Whistledown’s words mean way too much“, it seems that the monarch is determined to trap the mysterious doodler and unmask her identity.
In an interview with The Guardian, Rocheuvel revealed that she originally auditioned for the role of Lady Danbury, confidante of the royal ruler and aunt of Simon Bassett. When the role was given to Adjoa Andoh, however, Rocheuvel was then asked to audition for the queen. With just an afternoon to get started, the actress managed to piece together a few scenes for a demo tape with the help of her partner, playwright Shireen Mula, and the rest is – as they say – up to the artist. ‘story. See Rocheuvel’s full quote on receiving the good news below:
“I really only had an afternoon to do it. But I told my agent: I will try. There was a part of me that didn’t really believe it, because I never think anyone is going to like what I do. But part of me was also very excited.”
A highly recognizable actress with a long list of acting credits, Rocheuvel shared that she was frustrated with the roles offered to her: supporting characters that weren’t integral to the story. After being away for a while, Rocheuvel returned to acting in 2012 and quickly found the kind of roles she wanted and deserved. After playing a female Mercutio at the Globe, she starred in a series of plays at the Liverpool Everyman, which included her groundbreaking portrayal of Othello as a lesbian general. In 2016, she joined Florence Pugh in the tense period drama, Lady Macbethand joined the cast of silent witness for a short stint in 2019. His most recent and prominent role since appearing as Bridgertonhowever, is Fremin’s housekeeper, Shadout Mapes, in Denis Villeneuve’s highly acclaimed iteration of Dunes.
Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen’s decision to delve into the speculative history of the German queen’s mixed heritage is significant, and the “conscious castde Rocheuvel provided much-needed representation. Bridgerton fans will have the opportunity to once again bask in the royal delight that is Queen Charlotte in her next season, but can also expect a Bridgerton spin-off series based solely around her in the future. Golda Rocheuvel has imbued the historic royal figure with momentous significance, and it’s exciting to know that both will have more opportunities to shine.
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Source: The Guardian
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