Well, this is one way to respond to racism in Hollywood. Shemar Moore of “Young and the Restless” fame chooses to see beyond black and white.
In an interview with “Shadow and Act,” he addresses casting a non-black actress as the co-star for his film “The Bounce Back” and how he views race in Hollywood.
Via The YBF:
S&A: Were you conflicted at all about your choice to cast a Latina actress as your love interest?
SM: Nadine Velazquez is just very talented and she showed support. She was a friend of a friend who said, “I like this story, I’d love to be a part of it.” She did me a favor and we were able to shoot a little teaser. It’s not to say that my love interest couldn’t be black. We haven’t shot the movie yet. I just know that Nadine is very passionate about it and I would love to have her in the movie. But I think love is blind. I’m half black, half white. So are we going to be mad at my mother and father for being together? I wouldn’t have life without it.
I don’t see myself as a “black actor,” I’m just Shemar Moore the actor. I’m very proud to be black but I’m just as much black as I am white. But I want tell stories that everybody can relate to, so I don’t care who’s opposite me. If Halle Berry or Jada Pinkett Smith called and said, “I want to do a movie with you,” I’d be right there because I believe in their talent.
S&A: Was marketing a consideration when it came to casting? It’s been said that interracial couples in films attract a wider audience than black couples, especially overseas.
SM: If every character in the movie is black, it’s going to be looked at as a black movie and that might alienate other people from going to see it. But we’re very sensitive to representing all demographics and it’s going to be a very mixed cast. Whoever fits the bill and can bring the noise.