According to Jennifer Esposito, she’s had some tough times with casting directors, who have told her she’s not “white enough” for at least five roles in the past four weeks. The NCIS star, via Facebook, asked her friends what kind of experiences they had with casting directors.
When talking with users on the social media platform, she said that, while not getting a job after an audition is one thing, “not even being allowed in a room to have an opportunity is another,” in reference to the fact she was denied a job on account of her skin color.
In her post, she added that it was the casting directors job to see how good one is at reading lines before they determine if you get the part, rather than deny you the chance based on some sort of pre-determined characteristic.
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Have a question for my actor friends – ever get totally blocked by casting directors?
Additionally, The actress recalled one time when she was cast in a play to star the opposite of Marisa Tomei. According to the NCIS star, Tomei told her to change her last name, which she refused to do.
However, she went on to realize that Tomei was “10000%.” These days, the actress remarked, she’s not able to even get a foot in the door.
Esposito stated, “in the last month, I was told I was not white enough for 5 different projects.”
As you may know, Hollywood has begun addressing issues of race, gender, and ethnicity in the entertainment industry, especially in the last year following the #MeToo allegations that began in October 2017.
Other actors to speak on this matter include Michael B. Jordan, who stated he only wanted roles specifically created for white men, that way he can play a part in breaking the type-casting tendencies of the film business. The movie, Black Panther, gave hope to this cause especially, due to its all-African American cast.