‘Yellowjackets’ Star Jasmin Savoy Brown Says Portraying Two Queer Black Women Has Been ‘Very Affirming in Different Ways’

by Shine My Crown Staff
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Jasmin Savoy Brown made history when she became the first LGBTQ character in the long-running “Scream” movie franchise.

Brown plays Mindy Meeks-Martin, a Queer Black woman in the new flick, which was released last Friday.

In the popular Showtime series “Yellowjackets,” Brown has already captivated viewers with her performance as Taissa, an ambitious teenage soccer player who later goes on to become a high-profile politician. Taissa is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Speaking to CinemaBlend, Brown says she gained much from playing two different queer, Black characters.

“The experience playing both Mindy and Taissa has been very affirming in different ways,” she explains. “It’s really nice to get to bring multiple pieces of my identity, some of the most important pieces of my identity, to my work. I always learn something new about myself. And yeah, I’m just delighted with the timing.”

According to the synopsis, “Yellowjackets” is “the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.”

Despite the heavy plotline, Brown says she hopes that the characters she plays will show a lighter side to her community.

“There’s so much tragedy porn, you know? In all of these movies and shows, the gay people die or it’s sad about how they came out and their parents abandoned them. No,” Brown told NBC News. “My life and my friends lives that are queer are so full of joy. We’re laughing. We’re happy. We’re so successful in what we do. That’s the kind of queer content I want to hear.”

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