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Michaela Coel Declined $1 Million Deal From Netflix, Says She Began to ‘Ask Questions and Answers Weren’t Clear’



Earlier in July, British actress Michaela Coel made headlines for turning down a lucrative $1 million deal from the streaming giant, Netflix. Sher has developed  2 mindblowing seasons of comedy series Chewing Gum for the streamer in the past, as well as, she has starred in USS Callister, one of the most celebrated episodes of Black Mirror. In May 2017, she pitched her next series, I May Destroy You, to Netflix and was offered a sum of money that could make anyone say yes. But Coel had her apprehensions. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Teaser: New Animated Series Inspired by the Movie Franchise to Hit Netflix (Watch Video).

I May Destroy You is based on the actress’ own sexual assault. Around the time she was developing the season of Chewing Gum for Netflix, she was sexually assaulted by two men who spiked her drink. The show was wonderful on paper, so Netflix was ready to shell out money but not copyrights. After negotiations, the streamer did not even agree to let Coel have 0.5% of the copyright to her show about her own story of assault. Coel turned down the million dollars. She also cut ties with her talent agency based in the US, when she learned that they’d be making a cut from the show.

Michaela has famously revealed, earlier in July, about how the conversation went down, revealing one of the officials even said that she was doing the right thing. It’s OFFICIAL: The Kissing Booth 3 Is Filmed and Ready For Streaming in 2021, Netflix Drops Exciting Sneak Peek (Watch Video).

Now, in an interview with BBC’s first Creative Diversity Xperience, the actress has opened up more. “It wasn’t just a check,” Coel said. “I needed to know what was behind the check and exactly how things were operating. So I guess I began to ask questions. I think that’s the difficult bit — daring to ask questions. That wasn’t easy. But then the minute you begin to ask, and you realize that the answers aren’t clear, for me then it was very easy.”

“And I felt incredibly empowered,” Coel continued. “Keep asking questions and watch people stutter… I began to enjoy it. I began to enjoy realizing that they thought I was … just going to take it, then being like ‘Surprise bitches, I’m not taking it.’ And then actually I was really empowered,” Coel said.

The actress said that she was ready to be dragged to the court and was prepared to lose everything she has and become homeless.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 30, 2020 12:56 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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Star Wars, Hunger Games, The Big Bang Theory – Brie Larson Reveals 8 Major Projects She Auditioned For But Didn’t Get (Watch Video)



Brie Larson may be a famous actor today known for her performances in films such as Room and Captain Marvel but the actress has been through her share of tough phases and lost out on some really amazing films. Considering the Academy Award-winning actress’ acting talents, it almost seems impossible that Larson may have faced rejections in Hollywood but much to our surprise, it is true. The actress recently started her own YouTube channel and has been posting sme amazing stuff. In her latest video, Brie spoke about failure and rejections as an actor. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel To Fight Tom Holland’s Spider-man In Upcoming Sequel?

If you have watched certain films and wondered what they would be like had Brie Larson been cast in them, well you’ll be delighted to know, the actress did audition for quite a bit of them. In her latest video, Brie Larson revealed some of the biggest projects that she auditioned for but lost out getting cast in them due to whatever reasons. Not only films, but the actress also reveals a few famous TV series that she auditioned for. Here’s a list of projects that could have starred Brie Larson but unfortunately didn’t! Captain Marvel 2 Hires Nia DaCosta as Director, Ryan Fleck Congratulates.

1. Hunger Games

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

2. Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys (Photo Credits: Twitter)

3. Star Wars

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Photo Credits: Twitter)

4. The Big Bang Theory

TBBT(Photo Credits: Instagram)

TBBT (Photo Credits: Instagram)

5. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl (Photo Credits: Instagram)

6. Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland (Photo Credits: Twitter)

7. Spy Kid (As a child actor)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

8. Hearts In Atlantis (As a child actor)

Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis (Photo Credits: Twitter)

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We bet you’re surprised to find out how Brie Larson lost out on these amazing roles, knowing that she could have totally killed it. The last time we saw her on Jimmy Fallon’s show playing the lightsabre game was when we hoped to see her in the Star Wars series, wouldn’t she have truly rocked as a Jedi? Well, there’s always another time. It’s amazing how Larson has opened up about these big rejections and showed her fans acting isn’t really an easy job.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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