'Dear White People' star Antoinette Robertson says she felt 'isolated' filming season 4 like her character on the show
Antoinette Robertson as Coco (L) and Bola Koleosho as Evangeline in "Big House" in "Dear White People". LARA SOLANKI / NETFLIX
Antoinette Robertson says she felt "isolated" while filming the fourth season of Dear White People.
Your character Coco spends most of the season on a reality show that is separate from the other main characters.
Robertson said she "understood" how Coco was feeling because she was also separated from her teammates.
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"Dear White People" star Antoinette Robertson told Insider that she felt "isolated" while filming the show's final season because most of her scenes were separated from the lead actress.
Based on a Sundance Film Festival-winning Simien film of the same name, the Netflix series follows the lives of black students at a supposedly "post-racial" university called Winchester. Robertson plays Colandrea "Coco" Conners, a quick-witted Chicago student who settles in the wealthy white community of Winchester to get ahead socially.
In season four, Coco participates in a reality show called "Big House," which means she is separated from the other Winchester students as she struggles to become the first black person to win the show.
"I felt really isolated," Robertson told Insider about filming season four. “I could really understand that Coco felt really isolated in 'Big House' because I was shooting all of my scenes and not all of my castmates were around me. It's like having a senior year internship and none of your friends, so I sucks. "
One of the few scenes Antoinette Robertson shot with the rest of the main cast. LARA SOLANKI / NETFLIX
She continued, “But I understood the vision for it. I understood the reason Coco was in 'Big House'. I also understand that the reality TV show Space Women of Color, especially black women, rarely wins. So having these conversations is very true. I heard that this season of the show is tagged after [Big Brother]. That's good to hear . I am grateful that I was able to experience all of these different things. I wish I had more scenes in Armstrong-Parker and I could hang out with everyone and do another big group scene, but c'est la vie. "
In the past, "Dear White People" has parodies popular TV series such as "Scandal" and "The Handmaid's Tale" when television programs see the characters on the show. The season four TV spoof is "Big Brother" and the reality TV genre in general.
Jaclyn Moore, one of the showrunners of "Dear White People," told Insider that they chose this parody for last season because reality shows are "a distillation of the American experience."
She stated, "We won't solve racism, but if the black candidates do well on Big Brother, or we don't solve the transphobia, but if the trans people go far in The Amazing Race ... There are like a catharsis that felt a little different than the other shows within the shows in previous years. "
Season 4 of "Dear White People" is different from the previous ones because it is a full-blown musical. LARA SOLANKI / NETFLIX
This year's "Big Brother" season will break history as one of the remaining contestants will be the first black contestant to ever win the show.
Justin Simien, creator of "Dear White People," also told Insider that "Big House" fulfills one of the storylines from the original film on which the series is based. In this film, Coco (played by Teyonah Parris) vies with Sam (Tessa Thompson) for the attention of a reality TV producer.
The fourth season of "Dear White People" will be out on Netflix on September 22nd. This season is different from the previous ones as the showrunners decided to add a musical element to it.
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