Appearing on the “Just for Variety” podcast last week, the actor recalled her experience working with an unidentified lesbian director who urged her to keep quiet about her sexuality if she wanted to succeed in Hollywood.
“We were talking about being out and proud and representation and whether I should say I was gay in interviews, and it was an absolute no,” Rosheuvel said. “I would rather lose a job than not be true to who I am. I’d rather not work in an industry that doesn’t accept me. It just wasn’t how I was raised.”
Rosheuvel, who has been in a relationship with playwright Shireen Mula for nearly a decade, said she was “really confused” by the director’s remarks.
“My sexuality is really important to me, in terms of existing, in terms of being around the campfire and knowing that I’m important,” she said. “I’m as important as anyone on the planet.”
On Saturday, Rosheuvel was honored with the Equality Award at the 2022 Human Rights Campaign gala in New York. She received the award for her work embodying “the passion and dedication to advancing LGBTQ+ equality,” according to HRC’s interim president, Joni Madison.
In her acceptance speech, Rosheuvel shared her memory of the conversation with the unnamed director once again.
“I thought it was bad advice,” she told the crowd. “Our stories need to be told so we can all be included in the landscape of storytelling and imagination. You are empowered when you see yourself represented.”
“It allowed this biracial cisgender lesbian to play the first Black queen of England,” she added.