Zoe Kravitz Talks ‘Racial Stereotyping’ And ‘Lack Of Representation’ In Hollywood

Zoë Kravitz addresses the racism and lack of diversity in Hollywood in an interview conducted by her “Big Little Lies” co-star Reese Witherspoon.

The 29-year-old actress chatted with Witherspoon for the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar and explained how she is trying to “shift things” in the entertainment industry so that people are more aware of the issues facing people of colour.

Photo: Camilla Akrans/Harper’s Bazaar
Photo: Camilla Akrans/Harper’s Bazaar

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“I’m not necessarily trying to point the finger at anyone,” Kravitz says. “I just want to make these writers, most of whom are probably white, aware of the things that affect me and likely affect other people as well. I’m trying to speak my mind and shift things so Hollywood can be more conscious about things.”

The “Fantastic Beasts” star touches on how scripts only tend to state the ethnicity of non-white characters. “My biggest pet peeve is when I read scripts that have character descriptions like ‘Stacy, 22, perky’, then you get four pages in and see, ‘Sarah, 22, African-American’, which makes it clear that everyone else is white.”

Photo: Camilla Akrans/Harper’s Bazaar
Photo: Camilla Akrans/Harper’s Bazaar

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Kravitz believes that a shift is happening, albeit slowly. “I just got offered a role that was written for a man,” she reveals. “In the script, it’s still a man. I think it’s so cool that they didn’t feel the need to change it. They just said, ‘It’s a man, but it’ll play the same.’

“I, as a black woman with braids and tattoos, shouldn’t only be able to play a hippie; I should also be able to play a lawyer or a doctor or a comedian or whatever it is! Gay, straight, all the things. We should start opening our minds about what it looks like to be a person living in 2018.”

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You can read the full interview at HarpersBazaar.com. The October issue is available on newsstands September 25.

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