"Eventually I won’t feel [representation] pressure, hopefully, or my kids won’t. But I feel very privileged, actually, because you know it never occurred to me until recently ... how complacent you get."
"And then you think, 'God no, we should be much angrier much earlier on,'" she continued. "Because you can get complacent about 'Oh, that’s just the way it is, that’s just the world.' And no, we should agitate. I’m in my mid-30s now, but when I see young women and men agitating and protesting, and all these movements — people weren’t as potent as when I was that age, and I’m just really impressed. I think that finally people are saying, actually, 'That box you put me in? No, not for me, don’t want that.'"
On that note — the box note — Revelist had to ask Negga about the "Preacher" Funko Pop vinyl figures that were recently unveiled. The company released figures for Jesse, Cassidy, and a disfigured B-character called "Arseface" but left out Tulip, a lead, entirely.
The whole thing was shitty no matter which way you look at it — girls like to play with toys, and boys are perfectly capable of playing with figures of female characters — but it's also entirely baffling that they would do this after "Where is Black Widow" and "Where is Rey" dominated geek culture so thoroughly in 2015. (And "Where is Gamora" before that, which "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is still apologizing for to this very day.)
For this, Negga was more than willing to agitate.
"It’s so narrow-minded ... but also, are they mental?" she said. "Women have money. They’re missing the point; they’re missing the beat. If just being a compassionate human being doesn’t appeal to them, surely a dollar must appeal to them. Use your brains. I can’t believe it.
"Who makes these decisions, in what world do they live in?" she continued. "I surround myself with loads of different people, varied, but ... they’re mostly liberal. So you forget that there are people who do think like that. It’s a good thing to remember. All these battles you think you’ve won, they’re not won. That complacency. It’s very easy to become complacent when you think 'Oh no, I’ve got this part. Black president. Female president, maybe.' But behind that, you have to remember to stay vigilant against that kind of narrow-mindedness.""Preacher" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.