Actress DeWanda Wise Says Hollywood Needs More Black Action Stars
DeWanda Wise is optimistic about the future of black talent, but insists studios need to invest appropriately to ensure roles are created.
The actress is making waves in Hollywood after starring in ‘Jurassic World Dominion,’ but she’s opened up about the lack of action roles available to black stars.
Speaking to Refinery29 about the issue, DeWanda tentatively shared that she was convinced the landscape was changing, but was also realistic about the situation.
“You had John Boyega and Ray Fisher basically calling (out) bulls**t (in Hollywood),” she said. “Boyega was specifically like, ‘You can’t create new black heroes without giving them hero moments.’ So that was part of the pedestal that we were shooting on. I think to speak out, call it out, and then honestly make sure our actors are up for the job.
“Which means they know that it requires, you know, preparation and training and all that beforehand, but also that these studios continue to facilitate that. To pay for the training, to pay for the meal plans and actually , give us the resources and the support to continue occupying space and having the kind of impact that we can, so I’m optimistic.
DeWanda also spoke about “Get Out” director Jordan Peele’s impact on the industry. The 38-year-old worked with Jordan on an episode of his “The Twilight Zone” reboot and said it was one of her favorite shows of all time.
“I love this space,” she smiles. “I went to drama school (and) those genres give us the most to remember because it’s the equivalent of Shakespeare and Greek tragedies.
“The stakes are so high and it’s such a fun playground. I want it so badly for us. There are so many black women who are not only saying very clearly, “I want to work in this space,” but who are preparing. »