Zoë Kravitz took to Instagram to clarify her previous comments to The Guardianabout being told she was “too urban” to audition for The Dark Knight Rises. 

Before starring as Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Kravtiz opened up in an interview with The Guardian about some bigotry she experienced while auditioning for a role in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 Batman film, presumably losing the chance on the part due to the color of her skin. 

On March 8, Kravtiz shared a letter via her Instagram Story to share her thoughts on the “click-bait bad journalism” surrounding the coverage of her interview, stating that her words were misinterpreted and misguided.

Kravtiz_instagram_storyCredit: Zoë Kravitz via Instagram

 “I was NOT told I was too urban to play Catwoman in the Dark Knight [Rises]. It would have made NO sense for me to even be considered for that role at that time,” wrote Kravtiz. “I wanted to AUDITION for a small part in the film and was told (I do not know who said this but this was how it was worded to me) that they were not going ‘urban’ on the part. This is something I heard a lot 10 years ago—it was a very different time.”

Kravtiz continued, “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. Again, this was many years ago when words like that were thrown around very casually and although I’m very glad that we are attempting to evolve—let’s all calm down—as well as fact check before we write things that are untrue.”

While being “too urban” is still a superficial reason to not cast someone for a role, especially for a film that takes place in an urban environment, it seems Kravtiz wants to make it clear what being a woman of color in the entertainment industry was like for her at the time.

Source: Zoë Kravitz via Instagram