"Dope" actress and Lolawolf frontwoman Zoe Kravitz opened up about her career to Nylon Magazine this week, revealing she was denied a role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy because of her race.
Kravitz, who is the daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz says she wanted to show women of color can play non-stereotypical roles, but was unable to prove it when she was told Nolan's final Batman film was trying to stay away from "urban" characters.
"In the last 'Batman' movie, they told me that I couldn't get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren't 'going urban,'" she said. "It was like, 'What does that have to do with anything?' I have to play the role like, 'Yo, what's up, Batman? What's going on wit chu?'"
Kravitz added roles have been reworked for her after showcasing her acting chops. Recently she's starred in the teen favorite "Dope" and "Mad Max: Fury Road."
"I don't want to play everyone's best friend," she said. "I don't want to play the role of a girl struggling in the ghetto."
She also talked about becoming closer to her black roots. As a half jewish/black child surrounded by white people in California, she said it took her many years to identify with black culture.
"I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in," she said. "I didn't identify with black culture, like, I didn't like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn't into hip-hop music. I liked Neil Young...Black culture is so much deeper than that but unfortunately that is what's fed through the media. That's what people see. That's what I saw. But then I got older and listened to A Tribe Called Quest and watched films with Sidney Poitier, and heard Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. I had to un-brainwash myself. It's my mission, especially as an actress."