At only 22, rising star Kiersey Clemons is already making a name for herself in Hollywood, having starred in several TV and film blockbusters like Dope and Extant. Now, gearing up to star in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the star caught up with BET and shared her thoughts on a few things, one being colorism among African-Americans in Hollywood.
"I agree that lighter-skinned women get favored in Hollywood and I'm not proud to say that," she said. "I don't like it, but unfortunately, that's what it is, because we have set up this idea of what beauty is and that's why there's only one Lupita. There should be dozens of Lupitas."
Continuing to gush about the Oscar-winning actress, Kiersey added, "She's made a career out of embracing her culture and no one else has ever done that and that's crazy. There's more women like her and we don't get to see them."
Speaking on her own experience, she remembered being slammed for her casting in Dope based on her fair complexion.
"It was definitely really hard for me to hear that women with lighter skin get more favor because I heard that a lot when I did Dope," she said. "I got some tweets about how none of us were darker and I got very defensive because I didn't cast the movie. I didn't make the movie... This was an indie film and Rick's [Famuyiwa] casting was purely based on talent and unfortunately, I believe that maybe some of the girls didn't make it into the room because maybe they've been discouraged."
The actress said she believes that it all starts with society's standards of beauty changing: "It's really hard to say who do we blame in the industry particularly," she said. "When you look at the bigger picture, it's society and until society changes, there's not really going to be a change in Hollywood."
Watch Kiersey Clemons speak more on colorism in Hollywood in the video, above.
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