Nia Long said she didn't get one of the lead 'Charlie's Angels' roles because she 'looked too old' opposite Drew Barrymore
Nia Longtold Insider about her experience auditioning for the 2000 movie "Charlie's Angels."
- She said her agent told her she didn't get the role of Alex Munday, one of the Angels, because she "looked too old" opposite costar Drew Barrymore.
- Previously, actress Thandie Newton said she turned down the Alex Munday role in the movie because the vision of the character was sexist and racist.
- Long told Insider she personally believes the reason she was given for not getting the role was a nice way of saying she's too Black for the part.
- Long is four years older than Barrymore. The role went to Lucy Liu, who is two years older than Long.
- Read our entire interview with Long.
On the heels of Thandie Newton's explosive reveal that she turned down one of the lead roles in "Charlie's Angels" because the vision of the character was sexist and racist, actress Nia Long is now speaking out about her own troubled experience going out for the same role on that movie.
Long told Insider on Wednesday in an interview for her upcoming
"The feedback that I received from my agent was, 'She just looked too old and sophisticated to be next to Drew Barrymore,'" Long went on to say."And I'm thinking to myself, it's an actor's choice to walk in the room how they want to look, but it's a director's vision to help create and curate a character. So if you couldn't see beyond the fact that I had on a blazer and a pair of jeans then that was clearly not the job and opportunity for me. So, no problem, I'll keep it moving."
Long, who previous to the "Charlie's Angels" audition was known for her roles in
Newton then said Pascal wanted her to turn the character into more of a Black stereotype.
"I had a meeting with her, and she said, 'Look, I don't mean to be politically incorrect, but the character as written and you playing the role, I just feel like we've got to make sure that it's believable,'" Newton said. "I was like, 'What do you mean? What changes would you have to make?'""She's like, 'Well, you know, the character, as written, she's been to university and is educated,'" Newton continued.
"I'm like, 'I've been to university. I went to Cambridge.' She went, 'Yeah, but you're different.' She's like, 'Maybe there could be a scene where you're in a bar and she gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty.' She's basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character."
Long told Insider that she was aware of the comments Newton made of the "Charlie's Angels" casting and is proud more women, especially women of color, are speaking out about their experiences in Hollywood."Fatal Affair" marks Long's first time as a producer, and said being a decision-maker gave her the ability to tell the story in the most authentic way possible. Something she was not able to do in the past.
"I've been there and done that and I'm not doing that anymore. Now it has to be about the material and the story that we're telling and I want to elevate the material and stories that we're telling. Thank you Netflix for the opportunity to allow me to gain the confidence to know that I can do this and I will do more."
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