The first installment of Anne Boleyn finally arrived on screens, and people are pretty shocked with one scene involving a passionate kiss between Anne Boleyn and her love rival...

The opening installment of Anne Boleyn clearly shocked audiences...

After its racy first episode aired this week.

And one kiss between Anne and love rival Jane Seymour has left viewers questioning everything...

Now, Jodie Turner-Smith recently reflected on being the first Black actress to be cast as the Tudor queen in the new 3-part drama...

The thirty-four-year-old star said she knew it might be "a stretch" for some to see her as the wife of Henry VIII, but said she feels we're "finally ready" to see her in the role.

However, people felt her role was more than just "a stretch."


Jodie follows in the footsteps of Natalie Dormer, Claire Foy, and Natalie Portman by playing the historic part...

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Reflecting on this, Jodie said, "It's much more approachable and appealing to a contemporary audience when you cast this way because we are distilling this down to a human experience."

"If you ask anyone to watch a film or to observe any art, you are asking them to suspend their beliefs..."

"I am aware it's going to be a stretch for some people because they will feel too distracted by that, but I think for a lot of other people who are finally ready to see the world in a different way, they're going to see that this is a human story we are telling, and a fascinating one at that."

Jodie admitted she felt connected to the role with how Anne Boleyn was silenced by King Henry for her intelligence and speaking her mind...

"Before I met my husband some of the men I dated would love what they saw but the minute we got together, the thing they loved was the very thing they wanted to stamp out."

"I think that's the mark of any powerful woman: the male ego can be quite fragile. They love how outspoken you are and suddenly it's, 'You're speaking too much.'"

She also explained how becoming a mom has changed the way she sees other women and their experiences.

Of her character, she said...

"Anne, like all women at the time, was trying to navigate the patriarchy as a mother and a woman and that's what makes this story so powerful and interesting; it felt relatable and modern."

Anne Boleyn explores the final months of Anne Boleyn's life and the challenges she faced as queen of England...

Unpicking her strength, vulnerabilities, and how she strived to be equal to men.

The series finished production in December 2020...

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And aims to "challenge all the conventions of who we think Anne Boleyn was and shines a feminist light on her story."

Fable Pictures added: "We're absolutely thrilled to have the magnetic Jodie Turner-Smith on board to encapsulate Anne's determination to be an equal among men and to pave a path for her daughter."

​"We feel that history has side-lined the voice of this ambitious Queen in favor of the men who brought her down and that Lynsey Miller's beautiful, intimate vision will put Anne's gaze at the heart of the piece."

And now the first episode has aired, people are shocked by the intimate kiss between Anne and Jane Seymour, played by Lola Petticrew...

The opening installment also involved scandalous sex scenes between Anne and Henry VIII, played by Mark Stanley.

And people have a lot to say...


The episode sees a pregnant Anne figure out her husband has his eye on Jane...

Who eventually succeeds her as the Queen of England.

The opening scene reads: "England 1536, Anne Boleyn has been Queen for two and a half years."

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"She has one daughter, Elizabeth, but Henry is desperate for a son. Anne has miscarried twice, now she is pregnant again, less than 24 hours after the last queen's death."

After realizing Jane has overheard, Anne says:

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"I don't mean you, my little mouse, the other Jane..."

Anne then asks Jane to take a walk with her as she interrogates her before they share a kiss...

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Anne says: "I wanted to take a moment to talk to you, woman to woman, I feel like I am uniquely placed to understand what you might feel right now...

"I know what it's like to have all their eyes on you yet never be seen. They make you feel like a piece of meat!"

Anne then asks: "Are you in love, Jane?" To which she replies: "No..."

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The queen continues: "You're lucky, it's difficult to love a man... especially when he is your husband. Remember who you are, don't betray yourself and you won't live to forget."

After the kiss, Anne responds: "Yes, I can see the appeal..."

Jane admits: "Your grace, I do wish to marry one day... but I know it will not be for love, I perceive little good to come from that."

Explaining her decision to marry, she continues: "Security, honor, safety..."

Clearly, not everyone is on board with the kiss.

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