Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel says ‘lack of diversity’ on TV affected her self-esteem as a kid
Game of Thrones is one of the best shows, ever, and a major reason for that is the fact that the cast is brilliant. Not only is the cast full of good actors, but it is also diverse. We all know how diversity in Hollywood is a big issue, with the Oscars being called by colored people for being too white last year. As such, it can be hard for anybody who isn’t white, to survive the pressure in the industry. Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Missandei on Game of Thrones, talked about how the lack of diversity in the show-business affected her, while growing up. Read on!
Nathalie Emmanuel recently talked about the lack of diversity and how it has affected her, in an interview with Hunger magazine. Talking about the same, she said :
“For me, when I was growing up, not seeing anyone on television that looked like me or that I could identify with was really hard, and that can affect someone’s self-esteem hugely.”
Nathalie also had a role in Fast and Furious 7, the latest installment of a franchise we have seen using diverse casting. She appreciated the movie having a diverse cast, but also talked about how she feels like the efforts to have diversity in Hollywood, overall, aren’t sustained. She said :
“Will it be that they just do the one film and then it goes back? If you go up for anything, you know there is always a cast of people and a small number of them are [from] a minority.
The majority of the cast will be white with a few roles from a different ethnicity. Ultimately that’s not the world we live in.”
The ray of sunshine here is that this year’s Oscars weren’t nearly as white as they were last year. So, here’s to hoping Hollywood keeps at its efforts! What do you think? Talk to us in the comments, below!