Jodie Turner-Smith resonated with Anne Boleyn as a mother (Picture: Channel 5)
Jodie Turner-Smith admits she was surprised to find she had something in common with Anne Boleyn, who she will be playing in an upcoming drama series.
The Queen & Slim actress will portray the real life queen, who was one of King Henry VIII’s six wives, in a three-part psychological thriller on Channel 5 set to debut later this year.
It’s certainly a role that Jodie, 34, was able to sink her teeth into with Boleyn’s life, a dramatic one – she was a key figure in the political and religious upheaval of England in the 16th century and was eventually beheaded by Henry VIII for treason.
Fortunately, Jodie’s life is much less eventful but she still found a way to relate to the ill-fated queen.
Speaking to Elle UK, the British actress revealed: ‘One thing that really resonated with me was that she was a woman who loved fiercely and as a mother wanted the best for her children.’
Boleyn had one child with Henry VIII, daughter Elizabeth I who eventually became Queen of England. Jodie welcomed her first child, daughter Janie, with her actor husband Joshua Jackson in April 2020.
However, she’s more than happy to simply experience Boleyn’s life events through the character, adding: ‘But I think the whole thing of being in that royal drama and seeking that kind of a life, then getting beheaded? I think I’m ok with just being a commoner.
Jodie takes the lead in the three-part psychological drama (Picture: Sony Pictures International TV)
Jodie also spoke to NME about why she chose to take on the role and explained that she looks at every story as an ‘opportunity to say something, and for [her] to say it’.
‘Obviously, we have heard that story many times, but I wanted to tell it! I think that’s what every actor wants. We want you to hear our take on it now, in this moment, and then after we do it we agonise over what we did,’ she added.
A teaser trailer for Anne Boleyn was released earlier in April and sees Jodie as the protagonist sauntering down a great hall with determination on her face.
The official synopsis for the series reads: ‘The drama will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life from the eponymous Queen’s perspective, as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her.
‘Anne Boleyn will depict the key moments that cause Anne to topple, unpicking her immense strength, her fatal vulnerabilities and her determination to be an equal among men.’
Credit: Original article published here.