- Michaela Coel turned down a million-dollar deal which eventually lead to her winning an Emmy award
- Coel won bag an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for her HBO drama, I May Destroy You, a moment in history
- Rejecting Netflix’s offer to make her story I May Destroy You, Coel chose ownership over money, and it paid off
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British actress, screenwriter, director, producer, and singer Michaela Coel has shocked the world. Turning down a million-dollar deal is not a decision many can make.
Becoming the first black woman to bag an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for her HBO drama, I May Destroy You, Coel had many standing applauding her greatness.
This is an achievement that has many feeling all kinds of proud, and one that is sure to inspire many. Coel is a living legend and her story has touched many lives.
Michaela wrote, directed and starred in I May Destroy You, giving her full control over it. When offered a deal by Netflix back in 2017, Coel turned it down, according to a July 2020 profile with Vulture.
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After having her rights to her idea cut from 5% to a mere 0.5%, Coel thought about it and decided it was not worth the money. Giving up her story was not worth any amount of money, reported CNBC.
“I remember thinking, ‘I’ve been going down rabbit holes in my head, like people thinking I’m paranoid, I’m acting sketchy, I’m killing off all my agents.’ Then she said those words to me, and I finally realized — I’m not crazy. This is crazy.”
Taking the leap to make sure her story stayed her own, paid off. Coel has been recognised for her bravery and she couldn’t be more thankful.
An emotional Coel gave a moving speech when accepting her Emmy award:
Actress Michaela Coel joins the cast of Black Panther movie
Emmy-nominated Ghanaian-British actress, Michaela Coel has joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the follow-up to the 2018 movie Black Panther.
She will join the likes of Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Winston Duke in the next iteration of the movie which earned a cult following when it was released some three years ago, reported Briefly New.
The movie also earned over a billion dollars at the box office.