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Exclusive: Vagrant Queen star Adriyan Rae reflects on show's cancellation

Jess Lee
·2-min read
Photo credit: SyFy
Photo credit: SyFy

From Digital Spy

Vagrant Queen star Adriyan Rae has spoken of her pride in the inclusive sci-fi series, more than half a year after its "unfortunate" cancellation.

The show launched to great reviews in March 2020 and earned a passionate fanbase. Sadly, a struggle for viewing figures led SyFy to cancel it.

During an interview with Digital Spy, Rae – who played lead character Elida – highlighted the significance of what the series contributed towards representation particularly in its genre.

Photo credit: SyFy
Photo credit: SyFy

"I'm proud of what we did," she said. "We created a sci-fi show with a Black lead, and it also included LGBTQ+ relationships and it was led by women writers and women directors. Of course I'm proud of that.

"We made leeway in a genre that is so closed to men and certain skin colours and ethnicities. So I'm very proud of what we did.

"It is unfortunate that it was cancelled after the first season, but I'm hoping that it's just one little detour and it's, in the grand scheme of things, a huge step towards inclusion and diversity and representation. And for that, I will always be proud of Vagrant Queen."

Photo credit: Diana Ragland
Photo credit: Diana Ragland

Based on Magdalene Visaggio's Vault comic book series, the show was created by Jem Garrard. Writers and directors for the first season included Mika Collins, Mariko Tamaki, Danishka Esterhazy, Natalie Haarhoff, and Cindy Lee.

Garrard, who also wrote and directed several episodes, paid tribute to the cast, crew, and fans on social media following the show's cancellation.

"Every week you brought a huge smile to my face and I'm forever grateful for your passion, your support, your artwork and your VQ-inspired cocktails! Thank you for taking this ride with us," she said, addressing the fans in June.

Photo credit: SyFy
Photo credit: SyFy

Rae can now be seen on NBC's Chicago Fire, playing the series regular role of paramedic Gianna Mackey. The star discussed Gianna's action-packed introduction to life at Firehouse 51 and what's next for the character with Digital Spy, and you can read about it here.

Chicago Fire airs on NBC in the US and on Sky Witness in the UK.

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