‘I May Destroy You’ Creator Michaela Coel on Why She Wanted to Write the HBO Series: ‘Because It Had Happened’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Michaela Coel — identified for the Netflix present Chewing Gum — additionally created the 2020 HBO sequence I May Destroy You. The new sequence will get very darkish and actual about sexual trauma. Why was it essential for Coel to put in writing in regards to the matter for I May Destroy You?

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Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You | Natalie Seery/HBO

HBO sequence ‘I May Destroy You’ creator and lead solid member discusses the heart-wrenching episodes

In a latest Fresh Air interview with NPR radio host Terry Gross, author/actor Michaela Coel opened up about writing the story of I May Destroy You — in addition to the true story behind the HBO sequence. Why did she wish to write about sexual violence?

“I think in the beginning I wanted to write about it because it had happened,” she stated. Coel drew from her private trauma when it got here to writing I May Destroy You. “And I have a habit of writing some sort of piece that’s inspired by reality, whether it’s poetry or music or a one-woman play or a TV show.”

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Coel continued, noting how heartbreakingly relatable the themes in I May Destroy You are:

And as a result of I discovered it so big in my life, it appeared solely pure for me to put in writing it. But as I started interested by doing this, different folks began sharing their tales with me, buddies, buddies of buddies. And I noticed that many individuals had some kinds of expertise that was related to mine involving consent. And there have been so many alternative methods to discover consent and the way it impacts us today.

Michaela Coel compares her journey with writing to her character on the TV present

Gross additionally requested the I May Destroy You star in regards to the present period of courting — particularly in terms of apps.

“… there is an element of risk with hooking up with somebody that you meet at a bar, which has obviously been happening for a long time,” Coel defined. She explored the addictive nature of know-how and social media in I May Destroy You. Coel continued on Fresh Air:

I’m within the technological points of how we hook up and the way the apps are probably designed to maintain us partaking with the app, and subsequently always partaking with a great deal of totally different folks. And the extra you have interaction, the extra that maybe wonderful instances you’ve got, the extra terrible instances you’ve got, as a result of the app needs you to be addicted.

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Weruche Opia, Michaela Coel, and Harriet Webb in I May Destroy You Season 1 Episode 12 | Natalie Seery/HBO

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Asked about her ideas on this time in her life, Coel related her emotions again to I May Destroy You.

“Hey, I think my thoughts are very similar to when Arabella takes all those drugs and somehow is escorted home very safely,” she replied. “I say, ‘well, hey, you know, it’s good that I’m safe and I’m healthy and I’m OK.’”

How to get assist: In the U.S., name the RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to attach with a educated employees member from a sexual assault service supplier in your space.

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