It’s no secret that Hollywood still lacks diversity both on screen and behind the scenes. And when characters who aren’t straight, white men are portrayed, they’re all too often reduced to stereotypes. That’s why we love the fact that Zoë Kravitz was just cast in a role originally written for a man.
In an interview published in Harper’s Bazaar on September 13th, Kravitz talked to her Big Little Lies costar Reese Witherspoon about stereotyping in the industry, and how she’s starting to see incremental change. She cited the fact that her next role was initially meant for a man, but nothing about the character was changed once she came on board (in other words, the character wasn’t made more delicate, fragile, or stereotypically feminine).
Kravitz went on to note that she doesn’t think her appearance should limit the kinds of roles she’s offered.
The actress said that she never saw anyone who looked like her in movies or on TV when she was growing up. “Am I alone out here? Am I not desirable or interesting?” she recalled wondering.
She added that as an adult, she’s tried to bring awareness of this issue to writers—especially white writers.
Kravitz’s latest role is a promising sign. It suggests that writers and casting directors are starting to think outside of racial and gender stereotypes when selecting actors. We’re grateful to Kravitz and others like her who fight for change, and we hope the industry continues to take note.