Television has become THE medium for complete, dynamic and captivating roles for women. From courtrooms to the Oval Office to CIA headquarters, modern television dramas are beginning to reflect the off-screen realities for women of today.
But period dramas in particular are giving a new voice to women who have been forgotten or silenced in our history books. The Starz drama “Black Sails” takes us back to 1715 — the Golden Age of Piracy — where women who spoke their minds were hard to come by. Which makes characters like Eleanor Guthrie that much more compelling.
“It’s so interesting to me to delve into history and find those stories of women that haven’t been shown before,” said actress Hannah New, who plays Guthrie.
Though “Black Sails” takes us back in history, it has a rather progressive approach when it comes to Eleanor’s sexuality. Menendez asked New if having a modern audience for this period drama allows the series to create a character like Eleanor, whose sexuality is fluid and ambiguous.
“It think it’s really important to acknowledge that those kinds of relationships have existed from time immemorial,” she told Menendez. “I think the most important thing is that for Eleanor, she is living outside constraints.”
Menendez also asked the “Maleficent” star about her upcoming independent film “Under the Bed,” which is based on the true story about a women who befriends someone online who proceeds to stalk her and literally live under her bed for two full days. To find out what drew Hannah New to that role, watch here:
“Black Sails” was recently renewed for its third season. Season 2 premieres in January.
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