Logan Browning: Light-Skinned Actresses Must Be Sure Not To Overshadow Dark-Skinned Actresses
For years, lighter skin has been favored over darker skin in the media. Although we still have a very long way to go when it comes to equal representation in film and movies, actresses of all hues are shedding light on the issue by speaking up and that’s the first step. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, “Dear White People” actress Logan Browning admitted that she often receives requests to audition for roles that are obviously meant for women with darker skin.
“You would be surprised how many times I have been requested by filmmakers themselves to read for a role that is clearly written for a darker skinned actress,” the 29-year-old revealed.
When met with these requests, Logan says she always turns them down.
“I will always sit that out. That is my protest,” the Atlanta native shared.
When confronted with criticism about her “Dear White People” character being biracial, Logan explained that she feels lighter skinned actresses have to be careful not to overshadow sisters of darker complexions.
“There is a way for us all to coexist, and it’s important for women who are lighter skinned to make sure they’re not overshadowing. But no one should lose their shine…It’s a matter of, if the light is being placed on you, make sure you’re shining it on your sister next to you.”
Speaking of “Dear White People,” Browning, says the role has forced her to grapple with her racial identity. Her biological parents are Black and white while her adoptive parents are both Black.
“Playing Sam has been such a revelation for me because I’ve never really dissected my racial identity,” she confessed. “I’ve just kind of existed as who I knew myself to be and accepting what my biological makeup is versus how I was raised has been new,” she says. “It’s been a new reckoning, but at the end of the day, my identity isn’t based on my racial makeup, whether that’s who birthed me or who raised me. It has made me who I am, though.”
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