“Bridgerton” actor Ruby Barker referred to as out Netflix and Shondaland for failing to help her throughout two psychotic breaks that occurred within the wake of the romance collection’ blockbuster success. Barker was a collection common through the present’s first season and returned as a visitor actor for Season 2. She performed Marina, a Featherington cousin whose scandalous being pregnant makes her a social pariah in Regency-era London. Barker mentioned her first psychotic break occurred in 2019 after she wrapped manufacturing on “Bridgerton” Season 1. A second one occurred in 2022. The actor mentioned she bought “no help” from Netflix.
“Not a single individual from Netflix, not a single individual from Shondaland, since I’ve had two psychotic breaks from that present, have even contacted me and even emailed me to ask me if I’m okay or if I’d profit from any type of aftercare or help,” Barker mentioned throughout an interview on Oxford College’s LOAF Podcast (by way of The Each day Beast). “No one.”
Selection has reached out to Netflix and Shondaland for remark.
In accordance with Barker, her psychological well being began declining through the filming of “Bridgerton.” She claimed her character’s remoted nature negatively impacted her.
“Throughout filming, I used to be deteriorating,” she mentioned. “It was a very tormenting place for me to be as a result of my character was very alienated, very ostracized, on her personal below these horrible circumstances.”
“After I went into hospital every week after taking pictures ‘Bridgerton’ Season 1, it was actually lined up and stored on the down-low as a result of the present was going to be popping out,” Barker continued on the podcast. “Within the run-up to the present popping out, I used to be simply popping out from hospital, my Instagram following was going up, I had all these engagements to do… My life was altering drastically in a single day and but there was nonetheless no help and there nonetheless hasn’t been any help all that point. So I used to be making an attempt actually, actually exhausting to behave prefer it was okay and that I might work and that it wasn’t an issue.”
Barker alluded to her psychotic breaks in a Might 2022 Instagram publish when she disclosed that she was “actually unwell for a very very long time” and had been “struggling since ‘Bridgerton.’” She thanked Netflix on the time for “saving her” by casting her in “Bridgerton,” however now she is criticizing the streamer for not supporting her.
“I’m in hospital on the minute and I’m going to be discharged quickly and hopefully get to proceed with my life,” Barker instructed her followers on the time. “I used to be raged-filled, indignant, all this intergenerational trauma bundled up inside me. I used to be carrying the burden of the world on my again and now I’m on the level the place I’ve a prognosis.”
Now on the LOAF podcast, Barker mentioned that she had no help from the studios behind “Bridgerton” and needed to promote the present by means of a distressing interval of her life. She added, “It’s nearly like I had this metaphorical invisible gun to my head to promote this present as a result of this present is bubbly and enjoyable. I don’t wish to come out and poo poo on that as a result of then I’ll by no means work once more.”
Watch Barker’s full look on the podcast within the video beneath.