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Kristen Bell quits mixed-race role in 'Central Park'

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Filed on June 25, 2020 | Last updated on June 25, 2020 at 03.39 pm

Black or mixed race actress to be considered for the role

Actress Kristen Bell will no longer voice the mixed-race central character of Molly Tillerman in the animated series Central Park.

 In the show, Molly, an aspiring comic book artiste, is the daughter of a black man (voiced by Leslie Odom Jr) and a white woman (voiced by Kathryn Hahn).

Bell took to social media to open up about her decision, reports variety.com.

"This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here's one of mine. Playing the Molly in 'Central Park' shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character w/a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race & Black American experience," she wrote.

"It was wrong and we, on the 'Central Park' team, are pledging to make it right. I am happy to relinquish this role to someone who can give a much more accurate portrayal and I will commit to learning, growing and doing my part for equality and inclusion," she added.

The decision to re-cast the role was also announced via a lengthy statement from the show's creative team, in which they said that "casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right -- to cast a Black or mixed race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experiences of the character as we've drawn her".

"Central Park", which has a two-season order at Apple TV+, hails from Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith, Josh Gad, Halsted Sullivan and Sanjay Shah.

In the long statement, the show's creative team said: "Kristen Bell is an extraordinarily talented actress who joined the cast of Central Park from nearly the first day of the show's development - before there was even a character for her to play - and she has since delivered a funny, heartfelt, and beautiful performance."

"But after reflection, Kristen, along with the entire creative team, recognises that the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right - to cast a Black or mixed race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experiences of the character as we've drawn her. Kristen will continue to be a part of the heart of the show in a new role but we will find a new actress to lend her voice to Molly," it further read.

Central Park voice cast also includes Gad, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs and Stanley Tucci.

 

 





 
 
 
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