Jameela Jamil Suggests Cate Blanchett 'Let Go' Of Playing Roles That Don't Speak To Her Experience
'The Good Place' actress tweeted she "loves" the Australian star but marginalised characters should be played by "the people who live those lives".
At the Rome Film Festival on Sunday, Cate Blanchett said she'd "fight to the death" to ensure actors keep playing roles they have no shared qualities with.
The Hollywood star argued reality television has had an "extraordinary impact" on the legacy of actors as storytellers and the creation of content.
"I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience," she declared.
The straight white actress -- who played the bisexual lead in 2015's Carol --added: "The downside of [reality TV] is we only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience."
Cate's statements didn't sit well with The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, who contended characters should be played by those who best relate to them.
She tweeted while she "loved" Cate, it was imperative that rare quality roles for marginalised actors be played by those who embody them in real life.
Jameela referenced director Mike Schur (The Good Place, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) for "never tokenising marginalised people".
In a recent interview, the candid actress said she experienced racism growing up in England due to her Indian and Pakistani heritage and had also "lived with a disability", referring to breaking her back as a teen and using a wheelchair.
"I faced so many different types of discrimination that I was just serious [about speaking out from a young age]," she shared.
Jameela explained minorities in Hollywood should support each other rather than tear each other down fighting for the rare opportunities they are given.
"We have to make sure that we pay attention to the concept of inclusion riders and make sure that no one gets left behind," she offered.
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