Nicole Beharie Talks About Her Rise to Fame
The 29-year old brown-skin beauty waxed poetic about being born with a “global perspective” thanks to having grown up in places like Florida, Atlanta, Panama and Nigeria.
Being born to a father who was in the foreign services according to Beharie exposed her to a life that made her think anything was possible if she worked hard enough for it.
Because of that determination, the 5’1 powerhouse has quietly made a name for herself in Hollywood even though she’s only been acting professionally for five years.
Nicole calls her present job, that of Lieutenant Abbie Mills on the FOX sci-fi hit “Sleepy Hollow,” her dream job, saying “The show is a mash-up of everything I like: sci-fi, horror and fantasy.”
Nicole’s starring role in “Sleepy Hollow” puts her in an elite, but small group of black women who presently helm their own shows. Sadly, this week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow left fans with a bad taste in their mouth, causing many to take to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
Despite being the show’s co-lead, alongside actor Tom Mison who plays Ichabod Crane, many fans feel Beharie’s character has been reduced to sidekick in order to accommodate the show’s male lead and a cast of supporting characters.
The #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter tag was quickly born of out fan frustration and has been going strong for
I personally wrote about my frustration with the way season two has played out for the character of Abbie Mills, noting that despite getting plenty of screen time, as a character she is not being explored and has no arc of her own. Mills has essentially become the male lead’s Black Best Friend. She has no life of her own, no love of her own and appears to be there only to help her white friend accomplish whatever he wants out of life while having no goals, desires or accomplishments of her own.
The show has 11 more episodes to go before the season wraps up in January and according to co-star Orlando Jones, fans will indeed get more Abbie, Jenny and Irving. Personally, this week’s episode of “Deliverance” left a very bad taste in my mouth, so bad I don’t think I can in good conscience promote the show as I used to. Though I adore Beharie and want the show to be renewed for a third season, I can’t get past Crane siding against Abbie and silencing her opinions with a 2-to-1 vote that included him and his wife against Abbie, his Witness partner whom he is supposedly fated to save the world with.
At any rate, it you’re still riding the Ichabbie train, you have my condolences.