WATCH: Kerry Washington Was Fired from Two TV Shows for Not Being ‘Hood’ Enough
Things weren’t always so easy for the Scandal star.
Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari sat down for Variety’s fourth season of “Actors on Actors,” and talked about what it’s like to be typecast in Hollywood. Washington noted that an episode of Ansari’s show “Master of None,” is dedicated to how much he dislikes auditioning and asked if that is true for him in real life. The comedic actor admitted that he does in fact, hate auditioning as much as his character does, but what he hates most is showing up to an audition only to realize he’s been called just because he fits the description of an “Indian man.”
Washington agreed, sharing her own horror story that showcased how typecasting goes way beyond the casting couch. “Before Scandal, I was actually cast in two other pilots. Both went to series, but I was fired and recast,” Washington said. “For both, it was because they wanted me to sound more ‘girlfriend,’ more like ‘hood,’ more ‘urban.’”
Washington then went on to reveal that typecasting goes beyond just race. “I’ve had friends of mine say like they’re tired of ‘gayface’ and I was like, ‘What’s gayface?’ They were like, ‘It’s the gay version of blackface, like come in and be more effeminate,”‘ the actress said.
A shocked Ansari noted, “It’s interesting; like every person that’s not a straight, white guy has their version of this.”
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