Top Boy star Jasmine Jobson discusses the importance of tackling social issues in the Netflix series
Top Boy star Jasmine Jobson has opened up about the importance of tackling social issues in the Netflix series.
The show, which will return for a fourth season after being rescued from cancellation by rapper Drake, focuses on the tensions between drug gangs in the housing estates of East London.
In a BAFTA-hosted, online panel discussion about The Making of Top Boy, Jobson, who plays Jaq in the series, spoke about being part of show that deals with the difficult sort of social issues that others would perhaps shy away from.
"This is something I’ve loved about Top Boy from the beginning. It’s so true, so raw, so edgy," she said during the BAFTA Television: The Sessions interview.
"It’s been like that from the very first season. Ronan [Bennett, writer] has been very good at not sweeping anything under the carpet and outlining some of the things that need to be said."
She added: "To now be part of a show that’s talking about so many situations that either people don’t want to talk about because it’s too soon or too scary or something like that, to be a part of a group of people that's no longer scared about what anybody out there."
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Also during the panel, writer Ronan Bennett spoke about reflecting real-life communities on the show, explaining: "I’m always very happy when people say Top Boy reflects their lives because I’m obviously not from that community but I’ve spent a lot of time talking to people about every aspect.
"Not just being on the road, but school, family, expectations, dreams, all of those things – everything, for me everything as a writer everything goes into the mix. All the things that you see and hear and feel, they all go into the mix."
Top Boy is available to stream on Netflix. Jobson is nominated for Supporting Actress at the Virgin Media BAFTAs, which will be broadcast on BBC One at 7pm on July 31.
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