Entertainment'Baby reindeer': Jessica Gunning asked to stop speculation about the “real” Martha

‘Baby reindeer’: Jessica Gunning asked to stop speculation about the “real” Martha

The actress of baby reindeerJessica Gunning, has echoed the statement from the creator of the series, Richard Gadd, in which he asks viewers to stop investigating the real people who inspired the characters in the series.

In the recently released hit Netflix series, Gadd, a Scottish comedian playing a fictional version of himself, is stalked by a lonely and mentally disturbed woman named Martha (Gunning), whom he meets working in a bar.

Several characters in the seven-episode drama are inspired by Gadd’s real experiences of harassment and abuse, and many curious fans have been trying to find out who the real people were involved.

In a recent interview with the magazine GlamorGunning responded to viewers who have been searching for information about the “real” Martha.

“I didn’t know this was happening,” he said. “I urge viewers to stop doing it. If this is really happening, it is a real shame, because it shows that they have not seen the series in the right way,” she expressed.

“It’s not about that in any way. Netflix and Richard [Gadd] “They went to great lengths to protect the identity of the people involved for a reason.”

Gunning, who has also starred in series such as Back and The Outlawssuggested users rewatch the series to connect with its message in a broader way.

Jessica Gunning plays Martha in ‘Baby Reindeer’ (Getty/Netflix)

“I think you should try watching the series again, and understand what it’s really about. My intention was never to imitate anyone: I gave my own interpretation of the character.”

Just this week, Gadd attempted to quell speculation about the real people on whom the show’s characters are based.

In the fourth episode Donny, Gadd’s character, is manipulated and sexually assaulted by a television producer named Darrien (played by Tom Goodman-Hill).

In a message posted on Instagram, Gadd denounced that director and writer Sean Foley was being the undeserved subject of the speculation that followed the premiere of the drama.

“People I love, have worked with, and admire (including Sean Foley) are being the target of unfair speculation,” he wrote in a story published Monday, April 22. “Please do not theorize about who the characters could be in real life. That is not the goal of our series. Love, Richard x

Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning in 'Baby Reindeer'

Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning in ‘Baby Reindeer’ (Netflix)

Gunning also told Glamor that, since the series deals with such delicate topics, he also took great care to ensure that his co-star was safe on the set.

“As an actress I felt the enormous responsibility to do justice to the story, but also to make sure he was okay,” she confessed. “I think he has worked a lot on himself. He has already processed a lot of what happened to him through his art, and I hope he has found some kind of catharsis.”

baby reindeer It is now available on Netflix.

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Translation by Sara Pignatiello

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