Two of the stars of Netflix sci-fi series Sense8 have revealed the one moment they wish fans could have seen before the series was cancelled earlier this month.
The sci-fi themed show, created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, followed eight strangers who suddenly become “sensates” and share a psychic bond.
Actress Jamie Clayton, who played Nomi Marks, told Gay Times: “The one thing I’d want is to see Nomi and [her girlfriend] Neets get married.
“That’s the one thing that breaks my heart, that we won’t get to see that.”
Freema Agyeman, who played Neets, told the publication there was a five-year plan for the show before Netflix pulled the plug just two seasons in.
“When we used to have our read throughs and so much was happening and we didn’t really understand all of it ourselves because there was this five-year story arc that was written,” she said.
“If anyone would ask the question ‘We don’t understand that bit,’ the creators would always be like, ‘You’ll find out when the audiences finds out.’
“So two years in, it was barely half way to revealing itself to the audience, and we were just finding out the answers ourselves.”
The show was praised for its global scope and its incredibly diverse cast of characters, and both actresses agreed the series had had a significant impact on the LGBTI community.
“I was just at Trans Pride in Los Angeles, and I know through social media that it’s touched so many different people in different ways,” Clayton told Gay Times.
“But to experience what it’s been like for people in person – for them to come and hold my hand and look me in the eye and tell me what it means to them personally – it’s been such an amazing experience.”
Freema said queer fans had thanked her for representing them “honestly and genuinely.”
“We’ve had such emotional responses from people, and it’s so sobering and humbling,” she said.
“I just remember thinking when I got the opportunity to play this role, I just hope at the very least I do it justice because I’m painfully aware of the inequality and prejudice that the LGBTI community face.
“We were so overjoyed that it was received so positively, and that we can help with our contribution towards the cause.”
Hundreds of thousands of Sense8 fans signed petitions after the show’s cancellation was announced, but Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said earlier this month that the show’s reported multi-million dollar price tag per episode was simply too expensive.
“A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard – even in our model – to make that work for very long,” he said.
“[Creators Lana and Lilly Wachowski] did a beautiful show… the audience was very passionate, but not large enough to support the economics of something that big, even on our platform.”