Zoe Kravitz Missed Out On A 'Superhero' Role Because She Was Considered 'Too Urban'

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Zoë Kravitz has discussed, in a recent interview, the racial prejudices she has faced in the film industry.

The actress, who made waves starring in HBO's Big Little Lies and the adaptation of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, said she was once told she couldn't audition for a role in a big superhero franchise because the casting directors weren't "going urban".

"When my name is brought up in a casting office, I'm sure the fact that I'm black comes up in discussions," she told The Edit.

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"I just read a script in which there were two couples and one was written as black," she explained. "When I talked to the directors, they said I should play the wife of the black guy. It's insane that they still think the black girl needs to be married to the black guy and everyone else is white. Their thinking is so compartmentalised."

Kravitz recently opened up about diversity and representation in an interview with ELLE UK where she called for a dialogue in the media which can allow "16 year-old black and white girls [to] talk about race".

"You need to engage with your readers, ask what they want to see, who feels like they're not represented," she advised. "It's about having real conversations with the people you want to connect to and then saying: 'Okay, I'm going to discover that.'"

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Elsewhere in The Edit interview, Kravitz provided more information about her Dad Lenny Kravitz' former relationship with her BLL co-star Nicole Kidman, revealing they were once engaged.

The 28-year-old explained there was a time she pretty much lived with Kidman after relocating from LA to Miami to be with her Dad.

"I hadn't seen her [Kidman] in a long time before Big Little Lies," she explained. "But there was a point where we all kind of living together. I was about 13, and she would take me to see movies, she was so nice to me."

We are here for the fact Kidman would take a young Kravitz to the cinema and then the two of them ended up on the big screen together.

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