Thursday, June 20, 2024

‘Queen Sugar’ Cast On Why Show Resonates

Queen Sugar” cast members Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley, and Dawn-Lyen Gardner told EURweb.com at OWN Network’s office in New York why the show resonates so well with audiences. The Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay executive produced show explores the lives and relationships of three Louisiana siblings.

Last season ended with Ralph Angel (Siriboe) being told he might not be the father of Blue (Ethan Hutchison), a storyline that continues to unfold in Season 3. The two-night third season premieres is May 29th and 30th.

It’s no secret competition is fierce and a slew of TV hows will not return. Why has ‘Queen Sugar’ resonated so well with audiences?

KOFI SIRIBOE: ‘Queen Sugar’ resonates because we’re seeing ourselves reflected in just about every facet [of everyday life]. I mean, from Blue to all the other family drama. There’s just so many types of us, and it’s right in front of you every week, in the most honest way possible. And we care so much. It’s like when we get those scripts, we’re not trying to entertain you. So it resonates because it’s literally just our experience.

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Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) and Blue (Ethan Hutchison) in a ‘Queen Sugar’ scene.

DAWN-LYEN GARDNER: I think it resonates because it allows us to unpack our experiences as black folks, as people who are in complicated places in their lives at this time, in this country, in this world. It’s allowing us to do that without skipping anything, without skipping any steps. As an artist and actor, this is the dream. This is the kind of story that you yearn for. So you can lend all of yourself to it and tell the truth about your experience, what you’ve seen in your brother, your sister, your cousin, your uncle, your whomever.

 RUTINA WESLY: I think it’s a reflection of who we are. I hear a lot from fans that they’re seeing themselves reflected through us in ways that they hadn’t seen before. The themes are also universal. I think not only black people are watching it, but everybody’s watching it and getting something from it. Sometimes it makes it uncomfortable and awkward. And that’s the space that I like to live in because those are the spaces you need to talk about. It’s allowing people to have conversations that they wouldn’t normally have.

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