Zoe Kravitz had her ‘negro wake up’ call when she went to audition for The Dark Knight and was told she was too urban. This news is coming on the hells of the actress recently stating that she used to identify more as a white girl, than black.
“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,'” Kravitz, 26, said in the August issue’s cover story. “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?'”
In the article she spoke about how she identified growing up.
She stated, “I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in. 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.”
Kravitz acknowledged the privileges she had growing up but that her parents wanted to keep her grounded. “We had a chef, but it was never like, ‘This is the way the world works, Zoë,'” she explained. “I knew we were very lucky, and my dad raised me in an old-school way. His mom [actress Roxie Roker] was from the Bahamas, and it was about manners and making the bed. It’s that old black s–t, really — like, you get smacked if you talk the wrong way. It was about having respect for your elders and being thankful for what we had. He wanted to make sure I had chores, and not because we didn’t have a housekeeper, but because of the principle of the thing.”