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Briderton Star Golda Rosheuvel Was Told to Stay in the Closet by Lesbian Director

Golda Rosheuvel was once told she should stay in the closet by a lesbian director, who said it would ruin her career.

The openly gay actress, known for her role as the dignified Queen Charlotte in Netflix's hit series "Bridgerton," shared the story with Marc Melkin on his "Just for Variety" podcast.

“We were talking about being out and proud and representation and whether I should say I was gay in interviews,” Rosheuvel told Melkin. "And it was an absolute no: ‘You absolutely shouldn’t do that. It could or it would ruin your career as an actor.’"

The actress, 52, opened up about the incident at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in NYC on Saturday, April 30.

Rosheuvel, who received the equality award from the Human Rights Campaign, reflected on her experience and why she felt it was important to retell her story years later.

"It’s not an unusual story, especially in the acting industry," she told TODAY. "People are still told that it will damage their career. It’s a real thing. But for me, it was just so interesting that (the director) was out. I didn’t really understand the ask or the definitive 'no' that she was talking about, because there seemed to be this difference. There’s a private life and there’s a public life and never shall the two meet."

Before becoming the well-known "Bridgerton" icon she is today, Rosheuvel was praised for her theater work in the West End, leading the cast in productions such as "Macbeth" and "Othello," in which she played a lesbian Othello.

"But for me, it was always about being authentic," she said on why she refused to stay closeted. "It was always about being who I am and what I want my journey to be. My parents brought me up to know that anything was possible, and in the tough times, to grit down, bite down, move forward as best as you can. So I feel very lucky in that respect, that I've had that positive journey. It's not like that for everyone."

While Rosheuvel explained she would only encourage people to come out on their own terms she did express her wishes for Hollywood to be more accepting of young actors coming out before the heightened success of the careers.

"Coming out after the success, it's more of a 'wow' moment than somebody who's just getting on with their life, who happens to be queer and who wants to come out as they get higher and higher," she said. "I think we have to stop the 'wow' moment. We don't need it. It's not necessary."

Rosheuvel, who has been with her partner Shireen Mula for nine years, hopes that her story will help other members of the LGBTQ+ community know that they are not alone.

"To be able to speak my truth honestly, is everything to that little girl, that little boy, that non-binary, trans kid who’s struggling and who's in the darkness," said Rosheuvel."They haven’t stepped into their light yet and to be able to see somebody who explains the journey, a situation that happened to them where they were at a crossroads."
"I was told not to come out," she said. "I was told that it would damage my career somehow, but me being me, my authentic truth was the way that I needed to go. I am out, proud and will continue to do so."

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