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Marielle Heller Describes Her Role as a Cautionary Tale to Beth in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Marielle Heller Describes Her Role as a Cautionary Tale to Beth in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Marielle Heller

BGN interviews Marielle Heller (Alma Wheatley) for the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.

The series is directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series.

Interviewer: Jeandra LeBeauf

Video Editor: Kassandra Igbokwe

The Queen’s Gambit premieres Friday, October 23rd on Netflix.

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