Who is Bilquis in American Gods? Meet Yetide Badaki, who plays the Queen of Sheba, and learn more about the newest season of the beloved show.
Season 3 of American Gods just debuted and fans are wondering which of the characters and Gods – Old and New – will make a comeback. If you were a fan of Bilquis, the Queen of Sheba, in the previous two seasons, we have good news for you.
Who is Bilquis in American Gods?
Though Bilquis has been a regular character on American Gods since the first season, her scenes still manage to fascinate fans every single time.
Within the American Gods universe, Bilquis is said to be a Jinn – a supernatural creature first encountered in early pre-Islamic Arabian mythology and theology. Originally, Jinns were not inherently good or bad.
However, in the series, Bilquis behaves similar to another mythical creature – a succubus – and feeds on her lovers and worshippers.
Also known as the Queen of Sheba, is thought to be thousands of years old and was worshipped by humans as one of the Old Gods. According to the Express, “Bilquis is a goddess of love and she identifies as […] half human-half demon.”
Who plays Bilquis?
In American Gods, Bilquis is played by Yetide Badaki, a 39 year old actress from Nigeria. Badaki has lived between Nigeria, England and USA up until the age of 12 years old. She then moved to the US and gained her citizenship in 2014.
Badaki’s first cinematic role was in 2003’s Expiration. Since then she has gone on to feature in TV series such as Lost, Criminal Minds, NCIS and more.
Talking to the Geekiary about her American Gods character, she says: “Each character is deeply flawed in their way that makes them incredibly human, even though we’re calling it American Gods. “
The end of season 2 revealed a major plot point for Shadow Moon, as he fount out who his real father is. Season 3 sees him still on the hunt for his mother and his real origin story.
In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Badaki described her relationship with Shadow Moon as “incredibly intimate”, so only time will tell what that really means for our protagonist.
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