Bridgerton’s Golda Rosheuvel has revealed that she was told not to come out as gay publicly as it could ‘ruin’ her career.
The actress, 52, said she was advised by an unnamed lesbian director to keep her sexuality a secret early on in her career.
Golda, who plays Queen Charlotte in the Netflix period drama, said she was left feeling ‘confused’ after being told not to come out but insisted on being ‘true’ to who she is.
Sexuality: Bridgerton’s Golda Rosheuvel has revealed that she was told not to come out as gay publicly as it could ‘ruin’ her career
Speaking about the conversation she had with the lesbian director on the Just for Variety podcast, she said: ‘We were talking about being out and proud and representation and whether I should say I was gay in interviews.
‘And it was an absolute no. ‘You absolutely shouldn’t do that. It could or it would ruin your career as an actor’.’
She added: ‘I would rather lose a job than not be true to who I am. I’d rather not work in an industry that doesn’t accept me. It just wasn’t how I was raised.’
Golda said she found it ‘bizarre’ that people advised her that she could be open about her sexuality to her family and friends, but not publicly.
Coming out: The actress, who plays Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton (pictured), said she was advised by an unnamed lesbian director to keep her sexuality a secret early on in her career
She admitted that she was even more shocked when the advice came from an openly lesbian director, saying she ‘didn’t understand’ it at all.
It doesn’t compute sometimes for me, the conversation that is being had over not coming out. It’s strange,’ she added.
Speaking about her sexuality, Golda went on to say that she is ‘out and proud’ as she stressed the importance of representation in the industry.
‘Representation is really important, whether its race whether its sexuality whether its men whether its women — whatever it is. Representation is important,’ she said.
‘I’d rather not work in an industry that doesn’t accept me’: Golda said she was left feeling ‘confused’ after being told not to come out but insisted on being ‘true’ to who she is
‘I’m out and proud. My sexuality is really important to me, in terms of existing, in terms of being around the campfire and knowing that I’m important. I’m as important as anyone on the planet.’
Golda has been dating writer Shireen Mula for nine years and she admitted that she doesn’t see herself with anyone else while speaking on the podcast.
Addressing the question of marriage, she said: ‘We’ll see, we’ll see. I mean, you know, I don’t see myself with any other person.’
Her comments come as she has been busy filming her first scenes as Queen Charlotte for the Bridgerton prequel.
Romance: Golda has been dating writer Shireen Mula for nine years and she admitted that she doesn’t see herself with anyone else while speaking on the podcast
First look pictures of what appeared to be a funeral showed Golda’s character lead the mourning while looking as fabulous as ever in an elaborate bluish-grey wig topped off with a dazzling crown.
She was also seen to don dark navy robes, with the outfit finished off with sparkling diamond and emerald drop earrings.
Golda was seen getting stuck into her role, sporting her character’s signature scowl as she gazed out of the window of her horse-drawn carriage.
It was announced last year that a spin-off series charting the younger years of the flamboyant and gossip-hungry monarch would be in the works, with the show written and produced by Bridgerton creator Shonda Rhimes.
Character: Golda has become a recognizable face starring as the formidable Queen Charlotte in Briderton
Set in the mid 18th Century, the prequel examines the young life of Charlotte, the daughter of German royalty who wed British Monarch George III, played in the Netflix drama by Corey Mylchreest, in 1761, when she was 17. The marriage lasted 57 years and produced 15 children.
India Ria Amarteifio, 21, who is set to play the young Queen, played DCI Roz Huntley’s daughter Sophie in the fourth season of BBC drama Line Of Duty. She has also starred in Dr Who and ITV’s Unforgotten.
The series will also include the origins of other characters featured in Bridgerton, namely Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
Meanwhile, following rumbles that the second series of Bridgerton didn’t live up to the raunchy heights of the first, the spin-off prequel Queen Charlotte is being spiced up to keep viewing figures high.
Breaking news from the tone! Production of the new Bridgerton prequel was well underway on Wednesday as Golda Rosheuvel filmed some of her first scenes as Queen Charlotte
For one scene, a source says, a wall was reinforced, while in another scene, viewers will see banging headboards.
According to a source, there were fears that one energetic love-making scene featuring the young monarch, played by India, might be so energetic that it could literally bring the house down.
‘There is a young cast for the prequel and the sex scenes feature them,’ said the insider. ‘It is definitely going to satisfy those Bridgerton fans who are complaining that there are no sex scenes in the second series.
‘In one storyline there will be a headboard banging hard against a wall. It will be more racy than anything from the first series.’
The show’s writers are also keen to address criticism that Bridgerton avoided same sex relationships and has a ‘gay problem’.
One scene will see Brimsley, one of Charlotte’s aides and played by Sam Clemmett, having sex with another male character, called Reynolds.
‘The series will be inclusive of homosexual people and not frightened of exploring gay relationships,’ the source added.
‘It is something that is important to Netflix too, to make sure that viewers can recognize themselves on their programs. Hopefully it will solve what has become known as the ‘gay problem’.’
It is understood that Lizzy Talbot, the intimacy co-ordinator who worked on Bridgerton, has been hired to help with sex scenes in Queen Charlotte – many of which will be filmed on a ‘closed set’ where the number of cast and crew is kept to a minimum.
Cast: Set in the mid 18th Century, the prequel examines the young life of Charlotte, who will be played by India Ria Amarteifio, 21