New musical drama Mood sees actor, writer and singer-songwriter Nicôle Lecky bring his critically acclaimed play Superhoe on TV. Already earning comparisons to Phoebe Waller-Bridge Flea bag and Michaela Coel Chewing gumit’s a heartfelt and humorous look into the life of Sasha (Lecky) – an aspiring rapper who is thrown into poverty after being kicked out of her home by her mother (played by Jessica Hynes of Space) and father-in-law (game of thrones‘Paul Kaye). She’s couch surfing for a while, but after befriending party girl Carly, Sasha is drawn into a world of social media influence, toxic culture, and online sex work.
We caught up with Lecky to find out all about the new series, which debuts on BBC Three and iPlayer tonight (March 1).
Music is a big part of the show
“I speak directly to the audience with music,” Lecky says of the show’s musical interludes that break the fourth wall and frequently see her burst into song. Lecky grew up in East London listening to “Dizzee [Rascal], Kano, D Double E and more. Lecky explains that the East London scene was a big influence on the show. “There are so many genres in the show, but grime, jungle, garage and a bit of drill are all in there,” she says. “I love Little Simz but also The Smiths – and even Celine Dion! I’m really eclectic in what I listen to based on how I feel and that’s something I explore on this show through my character. An EP was also released to coincide with the show.
He examines the online dangers for women
Lecky says she was disturbed by how women continue to be exploited online. “I saw this website run by a group of men who usually find women on social media – they’re usually models, singers and actresses – and then they put the women on this website and say that they really are sex workers,” she explains. , saying she was horrified by what she discovered. “They say they’re acting in the public interest, but they’re just shaming them… they’re destroying their lives. I thought that was really disgusting. His research in this area informs a key storyline in the series.
You might struggle with Sasha at first
Sasha’s introduction in Episode 1 isn’t very flattering: she’s snotty, yells at her parents, is self-centered, and seems to be stalking her ex-boyfriend. Lecky says audiences will soon forget that bad first impression.
“I remember performing the play and I always felt the energy in the room change when Sasha started talking about panic attacks and things like that,” Lecky says. “Up until then, she was yelling at her parents and the audience was kind of like, ‘She’s a little too old to do this!’ She swears a lot too and the audience always thinks, ‘Oh my god, we don’t really like her!’
“I think it’s easy sometimes to feel sympathy for someone who’s been victimized, but we have less empathy for people who make mistakes, who maybe aren’t very kind, and I think that’s where you really have to offer empathy to people,” she says. , saying it’s a key message of the show.
It shows how ashamed women are
“As a woman, I think you really have to stand up for your choices,” says Lecky, referring to the issues Sasha faces when making choices about her music. “Whether it’s what you wear, how you move your body, how you create music, what you say in your music.” On the show, Sasha has to deal with issues in her music career similar to those of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion following the backlash of their song “WAP.” “It’s unfortunately just the space that we still exist in, in terms of double standards for women and for men,” adds Lecky.
Racing is a big theme throughout
Lecky says the show will examine how sex work is “racialized.” She explains: “Sasha is a Métis woman. You just have to go to a sex work site and you will see that everyone describes themselves by their race. It all depends on your appearance.
Sasha spends time in the benefit queue, which Lecky says she had to do too. “There was always a shame attached to my being there,” says Lecky. “I wish people would kind of understand how critical we’ve become in society and how connected people actually are. We’re all really connected…we’re all going through something and going through it. It’s [also] about how social media has really detached us from people’s humanity.
The second season is in preparation
“There is definitely room [for a follow up] where we leave it,” Lecky says, hinting that the season will have a follow-up. “So I guess it’s about you know, if people want it!”
‘Mood’ will premiere on BBC Three at 10.05pm tonight, after which it will be available on iPlayer