At first glance, Catherine of Aragon might not seem like the ideal role model for 2020.
But while it may be hard to fathom what the 16th-century queen could possibly have in common with our present moment, Charlotte Hope, who portrays Catherine in the upcoming second season of Starz’s The Spanish Princess, has been finding strength in her character as we navigate a global pandemic and unprecedented challenges.
“She’s actually been a really helpful role model for me in 2020 because Catherine is someone who gets knocked down a lot,” Hope tells EW. “And she keeps getting up and never stops fighting. A lot of 2020, I have felt like I have been knocked sideways, over and over again. Just to remember that somewhere in me, I played this woman that never gave up and that kept on fighting. That exists in my body somewhere, and that’s quite