Angela Bassett Talks Narrating Women-Led Nat Geo Docuseries ‘Queens’: ‘That Spoke to My Heart’
10.02.2024 - 16:37
Rance Collins Angela Bassett hit a special golden hue carpet on Thursday to celebrate the docuseries series “Queens.” Bassett serves as executive producer and narrator of the show, which explores female leaders in wildlife species. From the beginning of pre-production, the project was entirely led by women. “I said ‘no,’ initially, because I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, to be in a booth so we can do these voiceovers [is] many, many hours.’ And then they came back again.
And they told me more,” Bassett related. “And when I heard that the crew – the entire crew – behind the scenes, behind the characters, was made up of women and that the production team from around the world and the crew went through leaps and measures to photograph these animals – wow! That spoke to my heart – just the resilience and the spirit of that.” Series co-executive producer, showrunner and writer Chloe Sarash said that the creative team wanted Bassett from the beginning. “We always hoped – did we dare to dream – that we’d have Angela attached to this project,” Sarash said.
“We showed her some early cuts and she was so excited. Her creativity and her backing on this project has been unbelievable. For me, as a writer, to have Angela Bassett read your words … that’s a moment.” While the project was entirely led by women, when it came to hiring enough women to pull off the production, the “Queens” producers realized that they had to patch holes that existed in the industry.
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