"I wasn't able to read because of the color of my skin"
Zoe Kravitz says she was turned away from Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises."
While she doesn't assign the blame to the legendary director, "I don't know if it came directly from Chris Nolan," she told The Guardian. "I think it was probably a casting director of some kind, or a casting director's assistant…"
No matter who it came from, it certainly sounds like what happened was more than inappropriate.
"Being a woman of colour and being an actor and being told at that time that I wasn't able to read because of the colour of my skin," Kravitz said of trying to audition for the 2012 film, "and the word urban being thrown around like that, that was what was really hard about that moment."
Kravitz later took to Instagram to clarify that she wasn't hoping for the Catwoman role, acknowledging "it would have made NO sense for me to even be considered for that role at that time."
Of the "urban" comment, she said it was something she heard "a lot 10 years ago," adding it "was a very different time." She added, "I did not mention this to point any fingers or make anyone seem racist, namely Chris Nolan, the film's producers or anyone on the casting team, because I truly do not believe anyone meant any harm. I was simply giving an example of what it was like to be a woman of color in this industry at that time."