Actor Thandiwe Newton addresses colorism in the casting of films
In a tearful interview with the Associated Press, actor Thandiwe Newton opened up about colorism in the film industry. "I've wanted so desperately to apologize, everyday, to darker skinned actresses," she said. "To say, I'm sorry that I'm the one chosen."Newton, who is biracial, is often criticized for benefiting from her lighter skin. In 2012 she was cast as an Igbo woman in Half a Yellow Sun, which caused a stir online. In 2018 she had to respond on Twitterafter receiving backlash for referring to herself in The Guardianas "the first dark-skinned woman in a lead role in the Star Wars legacy." In this new interview, she talked about how the prejudice she says she's faced helped her prepare for the starring role in her new movie God's Country."It doesn't matter that's it's from African-American women more than anyone else," she said. "I received prejudice. Anyone who's received prejudice feels this character."This isn't the first time she's addressed the issue of colorism in Hollywood. "I was perceived in so many different ways, and it was always about the individual who was perceiving. It was very much on the spectrum of is she Black enough, or is she too Black?" she told Vulture in 2020.