How Antonia Gentry’s true experiences impressed Ginny & Georgia
Antonia GentryStarring in Ginny & Georgia helped her process some of the microaggression she experienced as a teenager.
Ginny & Georgia follows Antonia’s Ginny as she and her mother Georgia (played by Brianne Howey) navigate life in their new city. Ginny, whose mother is white and whose father is black, falls into a new group of friends but has to grapple with subtle but insensitive comments about her race from her new roster.
“There are moments when Ginny’s friends have micro-aggressions that they pass on to them. Part of it comes from my own experience,” the actress told the innkeeper Stephen “Twitch” Boss during the March 19 episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. “There’s a character named Samantha on the show and she asks Ginny questions that are pretty insensitive, like, ‘What are you? You look so exotic. Which of your parents is white? I want mixed babies, but I don’t deal with all the hair. ‘”
She added that another character, Brody, complimented Ginny while straightening her hair, saying she looked “so much better” with the new hairstyle and “if she only had one bum she would be perfect. “