Zoe Kravitz Speaks Up About Always Being Typecast as the "Quirky Black Girl"
“People have tried to do that to me over and over again and I’ve been fighting it and fighting it.”
Naomi Campbell recently shared her opinions on the dismal lack of diversity in the fashion industry, but this sentiment certainly isn’t limited to fashion alone. As the child of two equally successful entertainers, Zoe Kravitz is no stranger to the limelight. Having already dabbled in everything from music to acting to fashion, the 27-year-old recently spoke up about Hollywood’s recurring pattern in typecasting her. Despite starring in a dynamic range of roles in movies that include Mad Max: Fury Road, Dope and X-Men: First Class, the actress says that the struggle has been constant, having to go against casting directors who persistently categorize her as the “quirky black girl” right off the bat.
As she confessed in an interview with the Associated Press during the Allegiant promotion circuit, Kravitz was disappointed that she’s had to incessantly stand up for herself in order to avoid being pigeonholed into the same roles time and time again. “People have tried to do that to me over and over again and I’ve been fighting it and fighting it,” she said. “I would get auditions and it would be like ‘they want you to play the best friend.’ And it’s like ‘why can’t I audition for the lead?’ Then it’ll be like ‘OK now you’re the quirky black girl,’ or ‘now you’re a hippie.’ I can play all kinds of people. I don’t have to play myself.” With the conversation becoming increasingly present within social media and other online platforms, here’s hoping that we will see some substantial improvements in diversity soon.
- C Magazine