Michaela Coel, the actress who turned down a million dollars from Netflix to sweep HBO

She is the creator and protagonist of Could destroy youBut his career is far from falling apart. Michaela Coel has managed, with only 33 years, to be one of the stars of 2020 according to The New York Times, become an emblem of the #MeToo and being one of the critics’ firm bets for this year’s Emmys. That is why it is also considered the great battering of the Golden Globes, in which it has run out of nomination.

At this point, little can weigh you having rejected Netflix’s offer of a million dollars to get the fiction. He asked them for a percentage for copyright that the platform did not accept. They offered her a co-production in return, but she refused not to have full control of the series. The BBC and HBO agreed to his request and took the cat into the water. Quite an achievement for a black woman in the audiovisual industry.

Coel is considered by many the future of British fiction, as the protagonist of Killing Eve, Jodie Comer, he ventured to affirm. Nothing made the actress and producer, of Ghanaian parents, think that she would achieve that renown, much less when she was the only student of color in the school – where she suffered bullying— and she lived in a home for the homeless in a London slum. And her skills are not reduced to that of one more ‘revelation’ actress: she is a poet, singer, actress, screenwriter, director and producer.

The project of Could destroy you it was announced hours before his speech at the Edinburgh television festival, in 2018. There he denounced internalized racism in classrooms and on film sets. And she took a step forward: she recounted how she was a victim of rape. A key testimony in full effervescence of the #MeToo British and a story that ended up in the script for his series, of which he wrote 191 drafts.

Before breaking into televisions around the world, Coel acted in such relevant titles as Star Wars The Black mirror, and starred in a BBC miniseries about the Rwandan genocide (Black Earth rising).

He made his first own production at the age of 28, a series that he starred in and scripted for Netflix. It was Chewing gum, The story of a young Beyoncé fan who insists on losing her virginity to her religious boyfriend of years, with whom she broke into the BAFTAs in 2016.

However, the international relevance has been obtained from the hand of HBO, with a series in which, despite presenting a protagonist who suffers a rape, it does not lend itself to victimization and the drama is not constant. Coel declared to Vulture that he never thought of taking revenge on his rapist, but hoped to see him in prison, and that he “vomited” all 12 chapters of the production.

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