The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power actor Ismael Cruz Córdova recently discussed the mental health challenges faced by the cast and crew during the shooting of the Amazon Prime Video series. In an interview on the Just for Variety podcast, Córdova revealed that an on-set therapist was available to provide support following the racist backlash against the show’s inclusive and diverse casting.
Córdova, who was filming Season 2 in the UK at the time of the interview, expressed gratitude for the therapist’s presence. “You need support when this happens because the voices are so loud and they’re coming at you from so many places,” Córdova said.
The decision to bring a therapist on board was made when production resumed after the pandemic-induced pause. Córdova’s character, Arondir, is the first person of color to portray an elf in the LOTR universe. “[The backlash] hurt,” Córdova said. “It had a psychological and mental health impact. That’s something that I’m very, very open about so that people understand that what they do and say online really hurts people.”
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