Zoe Kravitz is Tired of Being Typecast at the “Black Friend”

We all know what she’s talking about: how the lead in a movie will often have a black friend and Zoe says it’s never for the right reasons. She explained that they’re never important characters and she always turns down these roles:

“Typically white people have the story, and any kind of minority is like adding that pop of red or fun purse or pair of shoes to jazz up an outfit. These people are accents that make things funny, weird, or dramatic. I spent so much of my career saying no to those films. I’ve seen that movie a million times, and I don’t feel right putting that into the world over and over and over again. I’m not going to spend the rest of my life playing some girl’s friend or some girl on crack in the projects.”

She believes the discussion about women in Hollywood is a positive one but she hopes it’s not all talk because she hasn’t seen anything change:

“It’s great that it’s a subject that’s trendy right now, but we’re still waiting for this shift to happen from the men who run Hollywood. Why aren’t women starring in more films? It’s because the men are writing them and are the ones cutting the checks. We can’t blame them, I personally don’t think. We need to take that extra step.”

She won’t let things be handed to her and is careful not to assume a kind of privilege just because of her famous parents:

“My parents didn’t become who they are because anything was handed to them, and they didn’t raise a child who expected something to be handed to her, either. My mom would have killed me if I’d assumed any kind of privilege. At first I was really adamant about making sure people knew that I was working hard. Things were definitely handed to me a little bit easier, but people were also judging me twice as hard.”