Regardless of being one of many longest-serving rulers in French historical past, a tv present has by no means centered round Catherine de Medici — till now. The Serpent Queen premieres September 11 on STARZ and follows Catherine’s unimaginable rise to energy via any means obligatory. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with government producers Justin Haythe and Erwin Stoff about why Catherine’s story intrigued them.
“To me, I really feel like I’ve by no means seen an antihero like that who occurred to be a girl,” Justin stated through the present’s press junket. “We’ve got nice anti-heroes in tv and movie, and I couldn’t consider one [that was a woman]. She felt extremely fashionable to me. The best way she staged managed her picture, the way in which that she negotiated these challenges, the way in which that she needed to be higher than all the lads round her. All of this felt relatable. She lived on this absurd world that in sure methods feels relatable to our personal, the place more and more the identical individuals win each time it doesn’t matter what. I simply had by no means encountered a personality like her, and I had wished to do a villain from historical past, who we’ve judged as a villain, and provides them their day in court docket because it have been, their alternative to show to us and say, ‘Hey, you’ll have accomplished what I did as a result of all the nice persons are already useless.’ That appeared like a very distinctive and enjoyable alternative.”
Erwin added, “To me, her plight very a lot jogged my memory of the plight of girls on this enterprise after I first got here into it within the ’80s. They must be higher. They must be smarter, they usually all the time needed to do it behind a person as a result of no person would truly give them the facility to do it.”
The producers additionally weighed in on why they assume there’s by no means been a present completely about Catherine de Medici, whose life was crammed to the brim with made-for-TV materials. “The best way she’s described is unattractive, unroyal, and unable to bear youngsters, doesn’t pay her dowry. She’s beginning on the backside, and I feel all these issues are within the eye of the beholder,” Justin famous. “You have a look at the work for the interval of that point with the people who find themselves thought-about stunning, and to our eye, we predict, wow, okay, that was the sweetness commonplace of the day. These items are arbitrary. These items are subjective. However she was thought-about unfortunate in love. All of this stuff at some stage aren’t the issues that we normally put a body round.”
He continued, “Our tackle the present was meaning she needed to be smarter, meaning she needed to be able to better cruelty. She needed to be humorous, or she needed to be wittier. There’s want achievement right here the place once you’re confronted with challenges, once you’re underestimated, you even have the products to triumph. That’s the story. And I feel that’s why individuals hadn’t gotten to it earlier than.”
The position of Catherine de Medici might be performed by two actresses: Liv Hill and Samantha Morton. Justin burdened that it was “important” to start out Catherine’s story when she was a younger lady.
“The method was devising the story saying, okay, how can we inform the story about Catherine the place I feel it’s important to inform how younger she was when she was knocked out of her life and dropped, after which needed to consummate her marriage in entrance of an viewers, together with her uncle. I’ve two youngsters. That’s each teenager’s worst nightmare, proper? She was actually younger. You needed to inform that, however you additionally needed to inform how lengthy Catherine dominated, what number of youngsters she had, what number of challenges she overcame, what number of kings she outlived, so that you wanted to have two actors play her,” Justin defined.
Regardless of not sharing the display collectively, Justin stated that Samantha and Liv had a “nice chemistry” with their performances of the identical character. “Liv has a rare poise for any individual so younger, and I feel Samantha has an analogous poise and energy,” Justin informed HollywoodLife. The Serpent Queen will air Sundays on STARZ.