Ruby Barker is opening up about her role on Netflix’s hit series, Bridgerton.
The 24-year-old actress plays the role of Marina Thompson, who comes to stay with the Featherington family while being introduced to society.
“I’d seen Belle the film about Dido Elizabeth Belle who was a mixed race aristocrat in the Georgian period of time and I saw that film and was like ‘wow it would be so amazing to play that character but its already been made, I’m probably not gonna be in a period drama simply because of my race,’” Ruby recalled in a video interview with Daily Mail.
She added, “Then obviously getting the casting through from Bridgerton and seeing it’s a Shonda Rhimes thing you know, and that diversity is the main objectives of the show it was just amazing to be a part of it.”
Ruby revealed she actually left another audition when she heard she had gotten the role of Marina.
‘I was actually at another audition for Sex Education, just for a small role, and I got a phone call from my agent and she was like ‘oh my god you’ve landed Bridgerton‘ and all of a sudden I didn’t care anymore whether I got this job.
‘I was like I’ll just leave. I did the casting anyway, but I thought who cares I’ve got this job, the best role of the year like yeah.’
So, who did Ruby watch the series with? It wasn’t her dad!
“NOO oh god no, I don’t watch it with my family I don’t need to look at Rege [Jean Page]‘s bottom with my dad!” Ruby laughed.
While she didn’t watch it with her father, Ruby revealed she tuned in on her own, as did her other family members.
“I’m perfectly fine watching it on my own, my sisters watched it and my grandad in the states has watch it as well.”
Bridgerton was recently renewed for a second season and the first is streaming now on Netlix.
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