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Michaela Coel turns down Netflix’s $1 million offer for web series, I may destroy you.

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Famous British actress Michaela Coel has come a long way to create I May Destroy You, the riveting new dramedy series on HBO that delves into the psychological realness and raw emotional journey one goes through in the aftermath of sexual assault.

After being creatively sidelined with her two-season sitcom, Chewing Gum, writer, and actor Coel wanted to ensure that she had the right outlet and support for I May Destroy You, which is based on her own experience of sexual assault. She first started pitching the series in the spring of 2017, according to Vulture, and Netflix bit with an offer of $1 million upfront. But the streamer declined to grant her any percentage of the copyright, so she turned down the deal. She also cut ties with her U.S. talent agency, CAA, after she learned the company would be making a cut from the show.

Speaking to news channels, Michaela Coel recounted a phone conversation with a Netflix executive during which she asked for just 5 percent of the copyright. “There was just silence on the phone,” Coel recalled. “And [the executive] said, ‘It’s not how we do things here. Nobody does that, it’s not a big deal.’ I said, ‘If it’s not a big deal, then I’d really like to have 5 percent of my rights.'”

When Coel eventually bargained down to point 5 percent, the executive had to present the idea to higher-ups. At the end of their conversation, Coel said that the woman on the phone told her, “Michaela? I just want you to know I’m really proud of you. You’re doing the right thing.” Upon hearing those words, it clicked for Coel: “I’m not crazy. This is crazy.”

Of course, not all hope was lost. In the fall of that year, she pitched the series to BBC and the network obliged, giving her full creative control and rights to the show. HBO later teamed up to produce. Now, I May Destroy You is now lauded as one of the best new shows on television.