Speak her truth. Bernadette Beck opened up about her experience as a black actress Riverdale, two months after costar Vanessa Morgan called for more diversity on the set.
Beck, 26, has been portraying Peaches’ N Cream, a bisexual member of the Pretty Poisons, since season 3. Her character’s lack of backstory and sympathy has sparked hatred among some viewers, according to the actress.
“I was seen as a very unlikely character and therefore an unlikely person in the eyes of people,” said the resident of England. ELLE.com on Tuesday, July 28. “I get it, there’s always a main character and an antagonist, but I’ve never had a storyline or enough character development to even be considered an antagonist. I was portrayed in a very negative, unattractive light for no reason. ‘
Beck added, “I’m not the first black actress to appear on set, stand there, chew gum and look cheeky and mean. I feel like I was just there to hit a diversity quota. It’s just to fulfill points. “
During her two seasons on the CW series, Beck remembered feeling that her presence on the set was not appreciated.
“I was completely forgotten in the scene more than once,” the Perfect Soulmate actress told. “The director [would] walking outside the set and I should chase them because I had no idea where to stand, what to do – I just hadn’t been instructed. ‘
She continued, “You can’t treat people like they’re invisible and then pat yourself on the back to get your diversity quota for the day.”
For Beck, the personality of Peaches’ N Cream, or the lack of it, is part of a bigger problem that puts colored people in the entertainment industry in a negative light.
“When I first got on that show, I didn’t understand that it meant something that your character had to be nice. Some people say it’s just a TV show, but I’m thinking about the long-term implications, ”she said. “If we are portrayed as unlikely or if our characters are not developed or if we are considered an enemy all the time, it has consequences for our public personality. What kind of opportunities do we miss even after that Riverdale? ‘
By comparison, Beck claimed that her white costars get “all that screen time and character development,” which helps build their followers, “generate more fans, sell out at conferences, and fans have more of an emotional connection with them.”
While casting for the play, Beck noted that the network wanted a bisexual actress for the role. Her character was ultimately part of a “down for a threesome” storyline, which Beck said contributed to the hyper-sexualization of bisexual people in real life.
“When you’re in it, you go through the movements and you’re like,” Oh, great, I can finally be used! “She explained about the scene.” But when I saw it all together, it seemed like my character was in trouble for everything. ” Beck also called for more representation in Hollywood on social media on Tuesday.
“I’ve been silent for far too long,” she said wrote via Instagram. “We must come together as a collective to hold Hollywood and our system oppressors accountable.”
Beck’s comments come two months after Morgan, 28, called the makers of Riverdale due to lack of diversity on the show and payment differences.
The native of Canada, whose character Toni is also part of the LGBTQ community, spoke out on Twitter in May about black people who are “used as sidekick non-dimensional characters for our white leads.”
The creator of the show, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, apologized to the actress in a social media post in June and vowed to do better. “We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right, ”Aguirre-Sacasa, 46, wrote at the time. “We’re sorry and we make the same promise we made to her. We will honor her better and the character she plays. Just like all our actors and color characters. ”
The WB did not comment on Beck’s claims.
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