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Starz's "Becoming Elizabeth" shows how sexual abuse shaped Elizabeth I.

Starz's new Tudor dramaBecome Elizabethis Elizabeth I's history in England The most iconic monarch. She is not yet Good Queen Beth or Gloriana Regina, but her teenage princess was involved in the court politics. To make matters worse, the young Elizabeth (Alicia von Littberg) has fallen to her husband, Thomas Seymour (Tom Curren), who plots for her stepmother.

Become ElizabethAnd if the "romance" between a young teenage girl and a grown-up Solmare makes you uncomfortable, that's a point. Historians are well aware that something nasty happened when 14-year-old Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour lived with her stepmother Catherine Parr (Jessica Raine) after Henry VIII's death. increase. Anja Lais, the creator and showrunner of Elizabeth, has been working on the issue of consent since the beginning of her career. At just 17 years old, she wrote the play "Spur of the Moment". A 13-year-old girl is pursuing a love affair with her older guest at her parents' home and is known for writing a special episode of the 2018 British soap opera. EastEndersAbout the gray area of ​​consent. Reese told Decider that he sees Elizabeth's relationship with Thomas Seymour as "very firmly abusive."

"At least what we're showing at our show is definitely abuse," Reese said. She said, "One of the decisive things about most women is that you can build a relationship that you think you have complete control over, and years later she looks back and says," Oh, what's happening. I didn't know if it was there. " And you will suddenly see everything in the right light.

German actress Alicia von Littberg plays her Princess Elizabeth as her precocious and ambitious teen, unaware of her naivety. She believes she has embarked on her relationship based on her agreement with her Thomas Seymour when Thomas Seymour is actually abusing her youth and her inexperience. increase. Seymour sees Elizabeth as a pawn, if not just a plaything.

Thomas Seymour (Tom Cullen) and Princess Elizabeth (Alicia von Rittberg) in Becoming Elizabeth
Photo: Starz

von Littberg must believe in Decider, she must believe in Elizabeth's point of view. Said. It was true love.

"You have to believe it, you have to go for it, otherwise you judge yourself while doing it I'm going and I don't think it will work, "Fonlitberg said.
"I was very deep at one point and when I was discussing the upcoming scene, Tom said," What should I do? How honest is this? "I said," Well, he loves her. Yes, this is all real. "

" And Anya, Tom and everyone looked at me, "Wow, what's really happening to her?" He tricked himself like Alicia as much as Elizabeth was manipulated. I think that's the only way to play something like that.

When Decider asked von Rittberg's scene partner Tom Curren, if anyone thought Thomas Seymour loved Elizabeth, he said frankly.

"When I first read it, it was a very scary idea to play the story because it was so complicated, but Anya's writing was very subtle and the complexity of the relationship. I felt like I really respected the triangle, "Karen said. "I really had to trick the Jedi into doing what I was doing and then always justifying them. In fact, I was discussing the intent with the director and was actually deeply and deeply misunderstood. I've come to the point where I really want to defend Thomas. "

He laughed at his efforts. "Clearly different."

Thomas Seymour (Tom Cullen) and Princess Elizabeth (Alicia von Rittberg) in Becoming Elizabeth
Photo: Starz

Karen's approach to Reese's material is to the audience He added that he thought he was "very smart" to force him. See the situation through Elizabeth's eyes. "In a way, the audience feels well-maintained-do you think it's a word? -Alongside Elizabeth," he said.

Anja Lais also said that drawing this dark chapter in Elizabeth's life is important because it explains much of the future behavior of the "Queen of Our Lady" in England.

"It seems to have been a very formative experience for her, and I think it makes a lot of sense why she didn't completely trust herself. [Queen Elizabeth II. ] Was so merciful, changed her mindset about people, and had a distrust of people, so this relationship makes a lot of sense to me, "Reese said.

"Of course, if you think you're in love with someone and it completely ruins you and you blame it, they leave, and you suddenly tell you You realize that everything that happened isn't. "Probably what you were thinking at the time ... I think it would ruin you. That makes sense. "