In 2020, Michaela Coel, a criminally underappreciated creator and actress known for Chewing Gum and Been So Long, released the first season of her new drama, I May Destroy You. The British drama from BBC and HBO stars Coel as a young, successful novelist whose life is redefined after she is sexually assaulted during a night out in London. As she slowly learns what really happened that night, Arabella (Coel) discovers just how little society understands and respects sexual consent.
Ameen plays a character named Simon, one of Arabella’s closest friends who has been in an eight-year-long relationship with his girlfriend Kat (Lara Rossi). Despite truly caring for Arabella, Simon fails to stay by her side the night of the assault, leaving his vulnerable friend to fend for herself. I May Destroy You explores not just Arabella’s perspective but also those of the people around her, pondering how responsible they are for the consequences of their choices that night.
I May Destroy You has been lauded by critics, with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic calls Coel “volcanically talented,” commending how “I May Destroy You questions why risk and vulnerability have become such accepted components of sex and dating that they’re generally shrugged off altogether.” Coel combines her signature sense of humor with biting critique on how society handles sexuality in a story that somehow manages to also be extremely watchable.