People Are Criticising The ‘Charmed’ Reboot And One Of Its Stars Is Not Here For It
30 May 2018, 17:17
"I'm only going to go here once," wrote the young actress.
The Charmed reboot will air on The CW starting Sundays this Autumn, but there's one elephant in the room to address before its premiere.
Much of the buzz around the show has focused on the the cult following of the original series and how the new crop of young actresses will undoubtedly face an uphill battle to win the original fan base over.
One of the reboot's young stars, Sarah Jeffery, took to Twitter to address the intense commentary regarding the first and second generation of CW Charmed witches.
"I'm only going to go here once," wrote the young actress who plays Maggie Pruitt. "I fully understand how dear the OG Charmed is for many. For very, very good reason. We are so beyond grateful to have the opportunity to bring this reboot to life and bring current, timely themes to the forefront of a show that stars not one, not two, but THREE WOC!!!"
Jeffery further explained that "when there is futile yet harmful noise about how we are either incapable or doomed" she would "vociferously defend" herself and her co-stars.
The young actress stressed that the original Charmed would always be widely respected but that she hoped the newer stories would "have a positive effect on so many women youth, and anyone who is receptive to being on the right side of history."
The new Charmed will star Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery and Madeleine Mantock as as Mel, Maggie, and Macy Pruitt--three witch sisters who must learn to hone their supernatural abilities.
Earlier in May, original Charmed star Holly Marie Combs expanded upon on her previous position on the reboot.
"I will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago."
The "fierce, funny, or feminist" reference comes from early marketing of the reboot which some fans took as a sly implication that the original programme didn't have those themes.
Combs did also say that she wishes the cast well, a sentiment she has previously expressed.
As the show's premiere date inches closer, the debate will likely rage on. We've seen an especially emotional response to the reboot, likely because of Charmed's sustained popularity with its very loyal fanbase.
Stepping into a role once occupied by legends is never easy and hopefully Sarah Jeffery felt she was able to say her piece about the situation.