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15 Actors Who Discussed The Importance Of Their Casting In These TV Shows And Movies (Some Amid Backlash)

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She added, "I knew that this was so great for the world to see, especially Black people. She represented a culture that is beautiful, and I just so appreciated that because that was so much a part of what I wanted to bring to Cinderella." Debra Martin Chase, who executive produced the movie alongside Whitney Houston, said Whitney knew how important this casting would be for future generations, recalling, "[Whitney] totally understood the value and the importance, the significance of having a Black Cinderella."He continued, saying, "I'm still a kid, you know, there's a kid in each one of us and so I just know what it's going to mean to you when you see it that it can give you a certain type of confidence when you walk through the world.

It also makes people that look like you see you in a different light and not judge you in a particular way.""Now is one of the first times we're getting really good Black roles for Black women that are leading roles, and projects where Black women are at the helm and Black people are at the helm.

I think that’s really exhilarating, and I feel lucky to come of age at a time when that’s really happening," Amandla added.Ncuti does feel the weight of the legacy of Doctor Who as well, adding, "And yet, there is a 60-year-long legacy to honor, and 14 other actors that have come before, and a writer [returning showrunner Russell T Davies] that knows the show like nobody else.

There's a high bar to clear, a lot of weight to carry. But it's fun to do so."In 2014, when her casting was announced, Viola called out people trying to compare her to Kerry Washington, saying, "There is no one who would compare Glenn Close to Julianna Margulies, Zooey Deschanel to Lena Dunham.

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