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The Gripping True Story That Inspired Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You

9/18/2021 9:09:00 PM

The Gripping True Story That Inspired Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You

Michaela Coel's HBO series I May Destroy You picked up nine nominations ahead of the 2021 Emmy Awards, but you might not be aware of the real-life trauma that inspired it.

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Natalie Seery/HBORadio 1 Newsbeatit took her two and a half years to write the 12-episode series. "It's been quite hard, but cathartic because I'm reflecting on a dark time rather than feeling it is happening to me right now," she said at the time.

Ultimately, her goal with the series was to provide a sense of community for other survivors. "Part of my heart hopes that people who have had experiences that are traumatic watch this and feel less alone," Michaela told.I May Destroy You Read more: E! News »

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