If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen much of Nicole Beharie after Sleepy Hollow, it’s because she was blacklisted, as she revealed in her new interview with the Los Angeles Times.
In the article, which promotes Beharie’s lead role in Channing Godfrey Peoples’ Miss Juneteenth, Beharie said that what happened on Sleepy Hollow, in which she was awkwardly killed off at the end of the third season, was “really interesting.”
“We had a lot of things happen that paralleled the conversations that are happening in this moment.”
While fans saw a show that inexplicably drove a wedge between the palpable romantic tension between colonial time-hopper Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and present-day sheriff deputy Abbie Mills (Beharie), behind the scenes, Beharie said that the show’s crew treated Mison with different standards than her.
“My co-star and I were both sick at the same time but I don’t believe that we were treated equally,” she said. “He was allowed to go back to England for a month [to get well while] I was given Episode 9 to shoot on my own. So I pushed through it and then by the end of that episode I was in urgent care.”
Beharie said she blamed her autoimmune disease for her character’s strange ending, but she has revealed that “it’s taken me the last few years to really see clearly that it wasn’t personal, it’s about the way that these structures are set up.” She said it was hard for her to talk about her departure from the sure at the time “because I wanted to get back to work,” but, she said, “I was labeled as problematic and blacklisted by some people.”
“…[H]ealing takes time and I feel like I’m on the other side of it,” she said. “I learned a lot. I wouldn’t change anything. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, though.” She also mentioned the intense fanbase her character had, and how she was “shocked” at the fan base supported her, even though she didn’t know how to address it at the time.
“There was a fan base that, without me even really saying anything or anybody knowing what was really going on, picked up on something,” she said. “I didn’t really have time to take [the hashtag #AbbieDeservesBetter] in because we were working 16-, 18-hour days. And once I left and heard about everything, I didn’t have the voice yet. I was too busy healing to really take it in.”
Miss Juneteenth is available for digital download, on demand and in select theaters now.