Jodie Whittaker, known for her role in ‘Doctor Who,’ is advocating for increased LGBTQ+ representation in media, emphasizing its importance in 2023. The star, who plays Tess in Paramount+’s series ‘One Night,’ shared her views in an exclusive interview with Attitude. The series delves into the lives of a group of friends reminiscing about a significant night during their teenage years.
The Significance of Representation
Whittaker expressed her concern about the lack of LGBTQ+ representation, finding it “ridiculous” that it remains a topic of conversation due to its scarcity. She emphasized the need for such representation to be normalized, rather than being an exceptional or singular aspect of storytelling. In ‘One Night,’ her character Tess is part of a queer family led by queer women, a dynamic Whittaker praised for its integration into the story as a natural element, rather than as the central focus.
Praising Authentic Writing
The actor lauded the work of writer Emily Ballou, highlighting the authenticity and depth in the portrayal of love, grief, and the human condition in ‘One Night.’ Whittaker felt confident and comfortable in the hands of Ballou’s writing, describing it as “beautiful and poetic.”
Excitement for the Future of ‘Doctor Who’
When asked about her expectations for Ncuti Gatwa’s upcoming portrayal of the Doctor in ‘Doctor Who,’ Whittaker expressed immense excitement. She anticipates Gatwa will bring a unique and magical touch to the iconic role, eagerly waiting to witness his interpretation.
Reflecting on Past Roles and Fan Tributes
The conversation with Attitude also touched on the potential for a third ‘St Trinian’s’ movie, in which Whittaker played Beverly. While uncertain about the future of the franchise, she was delighted by a performance of Lydia L’Scabies, a drag queen who paid tribute to her character Beverly. Whittaker shared a fond memory of working with Lena Headey on the film and appreciated the drag performance as a creative and commendable rendition of her character.
‘One Night’ is set to premiere on Paramount+ from Friday, 24 November 2023, offering viewers a glimpse into Whittaker’s latest role and the compelling narrative crafted by Ballou.