I May Destroy You star talks showing “different side of Black women”

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Photo credit: David M Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M Benett - Getty Images

I May Destroy You's Weruche Opia has been nominated in the supporting actress category at the BAFTA TV Awards for her role as Terry Pratchard.

Michaela Coel's 2020 series was groundbreaking and heartbreaking, with viewers declaring it to be a "masterpiece", and Opia has looked back on how she feels like her character was important in showing a different side of Black women on screen.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other press, the actress said: "Terry definitely isn't that stereotypical Black girl scenario that everyone seems to want to see on television.

Photo credit: David M Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M Benett - Getty Images

"There are many more faces to Black women, so I was very happy to have Terry, who was a fleshed out character, doing what I know as well, being an actor, being a young Black woman in London. So I was very happy to have a character like Terry to allow me to show my range.

"And of course, the fact that she goes through all those situations. We see her handling microaggressions as an actor in the industry, which is common practice. I'm hoping it's changing, that we'll get there.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"It was interesting to play that, and the other parts of her, dealing with the trauma, the sexual assault. But I did enjoy playing her and a different side of Black women that we rarely see on TV these days in the UK."

The BAFTA TV Awards takes place on Sunday, June 6.

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