Underappreciated Actress of Color #34: Lesley-Ann Brandt
In Thailand, I'm mistaken as Thai, in New Zealand I've been told I look Polynesian, Indians can see my Indian heritage and in America, I've been told I look African American or Latin American. I like it that way.Let me get this out of the way: Yes, of I've been watching Spartacus: Blood & Sand; no, I don't like it. I think Lucy Lawless and her hubby Rob Tapert needed paychecks once Xena joined the ranks of slowly-being-forgotten-shows-now-available-to-watch-instantly-on-Netflix.
For one, their new claim to fame isn't on HBO or Showtime...but friggin' Starz. It has "bastard, drunken-mistake-child of Gladiator and 300" written all over it. Secondly, I don't appreciate whatever horrid blackmail they're wielding against composer Joseph I'm-a-genius LoDuca, causing him to dig up perfectly good Xena music and blasphemously slather it over this latest bullshit bout of testosterone poisoning. Furthermore, I don't appreciate a female icon going from Warrior Princess to Ho-tastic, Scheming, Skanky, Desperate Housewife. We don't need to see Lucy Lawless's tits; bitch is a 42-year-old mama with babies and a husband who - creepy much? - willingly stands behind the camera while his wifey gets nekkid with other men for some dough.
*shudder* Oh, how the mighty fall.
But I digress. Gorgeous Miss Thang here gets her good dark looks from her mother, an East Indian, in case you're wondering. As a South African-born woman, she makes a quite powerful statement thusly:
I was born on the African continent so technically, I am African along with everyone else born there and I embrace my heritage whole heartedly.She's one reason I keep coming back to Spartacus; aside for Peter I-deserve-soooooo-much-better Mensah, she's one of the few POC we see in every ep with speaking parts and she is beautiful. She hasn't done much but I have great hope I'll see her do more than get nekkid and be ordered around as someone else's slave and made to rub Lucy Lawless's privates.