VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ted Lasso’s Sarah Niles On Why She Loves Playing Tough ‘Riches’ Character
Riches follows the story of cosmetics mogul Stephen Richards’ family as they deal with his death and the drama, secrets and lies that surface.
“I love Claudia because she’s feisty and she’s strong, she’s a little bit of a mess as well which I love about her,” Niles revealed. “She’s just trying to survive, she didn’t see it coming because all of a sudden, Stephen is dead. Then there’s the whole will in the way she had it all planned out where the money was going to go. The game keeps changing all the time. She’s just trying to survive and she’s doing a pretty good job of it as someone who doesn’t have the skills to run a company really. That’s what I love about her.”
Niles also shared her view on how the show boosts representation for black families.
“You guys are lucky you have it all the time in the U.S. In the U.K., it’s rare,” Niles said. “That was a lot of feeling of we wanted to do it well. There was a bit of a pressure. It was challenging for many reasons. Trying to make a project with budgets. You’re not even talking about middle-class families, you’re talking about millionaire-rich families, and even as simple as trying to source things that are not going to cost too much to eat away at the budget … I can’t imagine what locations were like for those who had to go and find and pay for that. I definitely felt like this was the first, in my career, where you think so much about make-up, hair and lighting, there’s so much involved in it. On top of it, we were trying to be as authentic as we can with these characters and trying not to get engaged with thinking ‘What if people don’t like the character’ or ‘What if I didn’t do that right?'”
Riches is available to stream on Prime Video now.
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