Lily Gladstone Takes on Groundbreaking Role in ‘Under the Bridge’

Lily Gladstone had three specific requirements before accepting the role of Cam Bentland in the new series “Under the Bridge.” The Native actress felt strongly about portraying a multi-dimensional character that wasn’t defined by stereotypes.

In the series, Cam is a Native woman who was adopted by a white family of police officers. She embarks on a journey to investigate the murder of Reena Virk, a 14-year-old girl of Indian descent. The show delves into the complexities of identity, family history, and the legacy of violence faced by marginalized communities.

Gladstone was drawn to the role because it offered a rare opportunity to showcase a Native character in a nuanced and authentic way. The actress, known for her work in films like “Certain Women” and “Killers of the Flower Moon,” saw the potential for Cam to break the mold of traditional cop characters on TV.

As she delved into the character’s backstory, Gladstone discovered parallels between Cam’s narrative and the real-life experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. The series sheds light on the dark chapter of the Sixties Scoop, where thousands of Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and placed in foster care.

Through Cam’s journey of self-discovery and confronting her past, the show addresses themes of identity, trauma, and resilience. It challenges viewers to reexamine their perceptions of law enforcement, family, and cultural heritage.

Gladstone’s portrayal of Cam is a testament to her dedication to authentic storytelling and representation in the media. By bringing complex and layered characters to life, the actress is breaking barriers and paving the way for more diverse and inclusive narratives in television.