Interview with Babirye Bukilwa who plays Sammie in Domino Day which debuts on January 31

Babirye Bukilwa plays Sammie in Domino Day

Watch Domino Day on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 31 January at 9pm.

PHOTO: Babirye Bukilwa as Sammie (Image: BBC/Dancing Ledge Productions/Ben Gregory-Ring)

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What was your first impression of the scripts?

When I read the first episode of Domino Day I immediately called my agent to get the next episode. I rarely ever get that excited about a TV show. I thought it was sexy, exciting and I love that Lauren was using a lot of metaphors in the series for things like feminism, womanism, sexuality and rage.

Tell us about your character?

I play a witch called Sammie who’s from London originally but moved to Manchester to find a family and new life for herself. Her specialism is that she’s an empath, which has manifested in being able to see people’s auras. So she’s constantly on another plane and can see if people are feeling discomfort, happiness, are in pain, etc. She feels very deeply.

Do you have anything in common with your character?

I resonate with Sammie and her values a lot, for example how she cares for humans, the planet and her sense of justice. I think she’d be a Libra. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a triple Libra somewhere on her chart. I think justice is very attractive to her and integral to who she is as a person.

What attracted you to the role?

What appealed to me about Sammie is that she’s a queer witch and I was like…am I looking in a mirror? I’ve never seen her character on paper like that and I was like…absolutely…that’s a bit of me.

Can you tell us about the relationships your character has in the show?

I really enjoy Sammie’s relationship with Kat, played by Alisha Bailey. Kat is the coven leader and there’s a real nuance and beauty to their story because they share so many intersections like their race, being a woman, and that they’re both black witches.

What was your favourite scene to shoot?

The scenes with the coven were my favourite. I love Siena but everything with Sammie and Domino was so heavy. I learnt a lot from Siena as an artist, she’s brilliant. But the scenes with the coven were so fun. There was one scene where I actually think we had to have the lines fed to us because we were laughing so much because it was so ridiculous.

What do you want audiences to take away?

I’d love the audience, especially the audience members that were raised as girls, to take away that their rage is just as important as their innocence and that their rage is a gift. They’re deserving of every single emotion in the spectrum of life. There is no one way to be a woman in society where you’re 100% safe all the time because we live in the patriarchy so I want them to feel empowered to not shy away from the beauty of all their emotions.

About

The series follows Domino Day (played by Siena Kelly), a young woman on all of the dating apps. But Domino isn’t swiping to find her soulmate – she’s swiping to hunt.

A young witch with extraordinary powers, Domino is desperately seeking a community who can help her understand who she is, but she doesn’t need to look far, as a coven of witches is already tracking her every move, convinced they have to stop her before her powers destroy everyone and everything around her.

When a dangerous figure from Domino’s past comes back to haunt her, will it be a fresh start for them all, or a final showdown?

Domino Day (6x45’) is created and written by Lauren Sequeira, with individual episodes written by Charlene James and Haleema Mirza, and is directed by Eva Sigurdardottir and Nadira Amrani, with Nick Pitt as series producer and Megan Ott as producer. Executive producers are Lauren Sequeira with Laurence Bowen, Chris Carey and Elinor Day for Dancing Ledge Productions, a Fremantle company, and Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt for the BBC.

Watch Domino Day on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 31 January at 9pm.

Source BBC Three

January 31, 2024 3:00am ET by Pressparty  

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