Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Nicole Beharie on Being Blacklisted and the Double Standards in Hollywood


Recently an extra from the Fox series Sleepy Hollow seemingly confirmed rumors that actress Nicole Beharie was difficult to work with [click here if you missed that]. 

While promoting her new Netflix movie, 'Miss Juneteeth' Nicole explains how badly she was treated on the set of Sleepy Hollow...

In a series of interviews Nicole explains,
"When you're a person of color or a woman of any race, you can be labeled in a way that can change the trajectory of your life, health and career. For me, six years ago I was on a TV show. My co-star and I both got sick at the same time with the same illness and had different treatments. He was allowed to go on leave for a month and I had to continue working. There was a smokescreen of me getting my own episode titled 'Mama.' By the end of that episode, I started to fall apart."
"They shut down production for two weeks because I got sick. They sent in lots of doctors, and I had daily checkups to make sure I was actually sick because they had to get the production going. Every doctor said I wasn't doing well and that I needed to rest. That is not what they wanted to hear. Months ensued and I got a lawyer. I got my hours down and worked through it. But then I developed an autoimmune condition. I had C. difficile [a bacterium that causes a range of symptoms], which had me on eight different prescription medications."
"My costar and I were both sick at the same time but I don't believe that we were treated equally. He was allowed to go back to England for a month [to recover while] I was given Episode 9 to shoot on my own. So I pushed through it and then by the end of that episode I was in urgent care. And all the doctors, including the doctors that the studio was sending, were all confirming, ‘Hey, she can't work right now.'"
"There's a lot of pressure in a situation like that where so many people are relying on you alone to get up and get going. I feel like it's taken me the last few years to really see clearly that it wasn't personal, it's about the way that these structures are set up. It was very difficult to talk about at the time because I wanted to get back to work. But I was labeled as problematic and blacklisted by some people."

10 comments:

The King Of The Real said...

that is horrible.

Rainy Dayz said...

I believe this black woman. If we dont believe us no one else will.

Anonymous said...

Maybe consider another line of work dear. This ain't like calling in sick at footlocker. Production cost tons of money and like the saying goes, the show must go on. And I'm curious as to who the "costar" is and what his illness was cuz you can't compete where you don't compare. If we don't compare ourselves to others, then we are not made to feel inferior to them.

Ashlei K. B. said...

@anonymous capitalism must really have you by the balls because anyone who has every tried to call out at any jobs knows how big a pain in the ass employers can be. just say you hate working people’s complaints and move on.

Anonymous said...

This is not new on how we are treated in everyday life. Document and sue.

The American Indians caught all kinds of diseases from the Euro's.

Anonymous said...

Ashlei, iono wtf you talking about sis. I'm sure there are 10 other mf's up at your job where your absence will not halt any business dealings. This lady plays a character in a show, she has no back up and without her they cannot film. Now how tf her calling in and a regular shmegular calling in at the Family Dollar compare? They don't.

Anonymous said...

@Ashlei

Thank you. I can't stand apathetic, money hungry, capitalist motherfuckers.

OT: I wonder if Nicole caught that disease from one of those nasty Hollyweird white folks.

Felicia said...

@11:41. 🤦🏿‍♀️🤦🏿‍♀️

Unknown said...

This story is even more heartbreaking when you think about what her stunt double said about her on set. That black stunt woman or body double, took upon herself to "out" another black actress because she "didn't like her attitude" and allegedly "had her fired". What does it say about sisterhood when another black woman can't be sympathetic to another black woman in an industry that only allows "one of us" to succeed? I swear black women find any reason to hate on another black woman. Nicole was battling exhaustion and disease while on set - but all her snitch ass body double could think about was "why don't she party with the crew?" And you know that chick was probably talking made shit on Nicole during those set parties or after hours meetups with her yt friends smdh

Sickening.

Nicole keep your head up. We know life is hard for black actresses. #support

Unknown said...

This is bad for her I know

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