Zoe Kravitz Deemed ‘Too Urban’ to Audition for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
In case the obvious lack of diversity on television and in movies isn't enough for you to realize Hollywood has a glaring problem with race and representation, maybe Zoe Kravitz can spell it out for you.
In an interview with Nylon magazine, Zoe talked about her refusal to take roles that could potentially typecast her based on her race: "I don’t want to play everyone’s best friend. I don’t want to play the role of a girl struggling in the ghetto. It’s not that that story isn’t important, but I saw patterns and was like, ‘I don’t relate to these people.’”
But Zoe realized a sad reality about working in the entertainment industry (and, let's be real, about life in general) early on: Women of color aren't afforded the same opportunities as their white peers -- no matter how good or how famous you are.
She said, "In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban.’ It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?’”
Thankfully, Zoe landed roles that had less racially problematic casting specifications in huge movies like Divergent, Mad Max: Fury Road and indie-darling Dope. While she's previously admitted that having famous parents is certainly a perk when it comes to opening doors and getting representation in Hollywood, Zoe is adamant that her talent is what ultimately sets her apart from other actresses.
She said, "I’m hyper-aware that people are judging me based on who my parents are. You book jobs like Mad Max because of you and not because of your dad."
You can check out the full interview over at Nylon.
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