Netflix is taking us back to the Regency era once again, but this time around, we get to see life in the Bridgerton universe through the eyes of the one and only Queen Charlotte.
Bouncing back between the early days of her marriage to King George III and the struggle of trying to get her many adult children to produce an heir to the throne in the later years of her life, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is the highly-anticipated prequel spin-off series that expands the Bridgerton universe in many different ways, including continuing to provide people of color the much-need representation they’ve always wanted in fun, sexy period pieces, as well as giving LGBTQ+ fans the kinds of characters they’ve been dying for in this increasingly popular media franchise.
Out got the chance to talk to some of the cast of the new Netflix series at the Los Angeles premiere.
“I think moving forward, especially in our industry, that’s what we need to do,” lesbian actress and 2022 Out100 honoree Golda Rosheuvel, who plays the more mature version of Queen Charlotte in both the flagship Bridgerton series and the Queen Charlotte spin-off, told Out when asked about being a part of show where queer characters and characters of color don’t have to always justify their existence, they get to just be. “We have to tell those stories. The stories are out there, but I don’t know that there is an explanation that we need to give. Just have them on screen. Just have us there being beautiful and angry and sexy and wearing amazing clothes.”
“It’s just an absolute joy,” Corey Mylchreest, who plays the Young King George III, also said when asked. “I think it’s probably what, alongside doing all the lovely work and trying to make everything truthful and persuasive and powerful and poignant, just being part of an ensemble that is doing representation justice, is probably the thing that I’m most proud about.”
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is now streaming on Netflix.