Tati Gabrielle admits she “freaked out” during her first sex scene with Penn Badgley, “I was so nervous,” the actress, who stars in Season 3 of “You,” said, while adding, “I told Penn upfront, ‘Hey, I’ve never done this before.’ And he was like, ‘It’s gonna be OK.’”
“We had a great intimacy coordinator on set. So we were able to walk through everything and have a good idea of what to do. It became more of a dance, like a choreographed dance than it was, like, having to feel that nervousness and be awkward or weird,” she added.
“You” Season 3 begins with serial killer Joe Goldberg (Badgley) safely ensconced in the affluent Californian town of Madre Linda with his equally deranged wife Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) and their newborn son, Henry.
Naturally, Love can’t seem to control her homicidal tendencies, so Joe finds another target: a charming librarian named Marienne, played by Gabrielle.
Gabrielle, 25, stated that the fate of her character was revealed to her immediately because “it was one of my first questions, especially as a black woman — like, what kind of picture are we painting here?”
Gabrielle went on to say that she wanted to make sure the show didn’t “insult the intelligence of people of colour and leave room for a good BS detector,” as she describes Marienne as someone who “would be able to see something coming and not be so oblivious.”
Without giving too much away, one major plot point of the new series revolves around a missing white woman whose disappearance captivates the town and the local news channel and is referred to by some characters as “Missing White Woman Syndrome.”
The term is used by social scientists to refer to the disproportionate media coverage of missing-persons cases involving young, white, upper-middle-class women or girls, as opposed to the lack of attention given to missing women of colour.
In light of the recent media frenzy surrounding Gabby Petito’s disappearance and eventual discovery, the show appears eerily prescient.
“I think for the black community it’s nothing new. It’s not necessarily recent; it’s definitely something that has permeated our history. But yes, it is very on point with the times and I’m happy that we’re able to make commentary on it,” Gabrielle said of the high profile case.