– Fans are campaigning for a second season of “Queen Charlotte” and are particularly impressed by Arsema Thomas’s portrayal of Lady Agatha Danbury in season one.
– In the spinoff, viewers get to see the early life and complex relationships of Lady Danbury, including her friendship with Queen Charlotte and her role as a trusted member of high society.
– Thomas prepared for the role by not watching “Bridgerton” while auditioning and created a detailed backstory for Lady Danbury. She also worked on perfecting her British accent and is excited to see the progression of her character’s storyline.
“As fans campaign for a second season of “Queen Charlotte,” they can’t help but rave about the incredible performances in the first season, particularly Arsema Thomas’s portrayal of Lady Agatha Danbury. In “Bridgerton,” Lady Danbury is known as a strong, natural leader. However, in the spinoff, viewers get a glimpse into her early life as an aristocrat, her friendship with Queen Charlotte, her complicated relationship with Lord Danbury, and her rise as a trusted and feared member of the ton. Thomas found the opportunity to play such a well-established and beloved character to be both thrilling and terrifying. She saw it as a chance to take on a complex and challenging role, especially as a Black woman in the industry.
To prepare for the role, Thomas took a unique approach. She made the active decision not to watch any episodes of “Bridgerton” while auditioning. She didn’t want to spend too much time trying to mimic someone else’s performance if she got the role. Instead, she focused on creating a backstory for Lady Danbury with the help of the other actors on set. They delved into details like favorite colors, allergies, and childhood experiences to bring depth to the character. Thomas also worked on perfecting Lady Danbury’s British accent, drawing from her experiences in drama school and her time pretending to be British during her undergrad years.
Thomas believes that “Queen Charlotte” brings much-needed diversity to the “Bridgerton” universe. She feels that the inclusion of people of color in the forefront of the story is a reflection of the important role Black women have played in driving change in real life. As fans eagerly await a second season, Thomas is excited about the possibilities for Lady Danbury’s storyline. She hopes to see her character interact more with people of color in the ton, explore her freedom of choice, and delve deeper into her motivations and desires. Thomas is thrilled to have the opportunity to play such a complex character and hopes to continue bringing her to life in future seasons.
Outside of filming, Thomas has built relationships with her “Queen Charlotte” castmates. She recently watched a play with Peyvand Sadeghian, who plays Coral, and has plans to have wine with Connie Jenkins-Greig. Though she hasn’t seen the rest of the cast since leaving LA, she looks forward to reconnecting with them in the future. In her personal life, Thomas enjoys self-care activities like intense Thai yoga massages and indulges in binge-watching series like “From.” She’s currently reading “Communion: The Female Search For Love” by bell hooks and recently returned from a trip to Stockholm, Sweden. Thomas’s candid and down-to-earth personality shines through in her answers, making it clear why she is a fan favorite and an incredible asset to the “Bridgerton” universe.”