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Natalie Portman Calls Annihilation Whitewashing Accusations ‘Problematic’
Natalie Portman has responded to claims of whitewashing in her upcoming film Annihilation.
When asked about the controversy during an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Portman and her costar Jennifer Jason Leigh said they were unaware of the original race of their characters.
“Well, that does sound problematic, but I’m hearing it here first,” said Portman.
Jason Leigh also agreed, adding, “It’s probably a valid criticism. I didn’t know that.”
In the sequel novel to Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation (the book on which the film is based), Portman’s character Lena is described as having strong Asian heritage while Leigh’s Dr. Ventress is written as half-white, half-Native American.
Though Portman said she only became aware of her character’s race in the source material earlier this week, she acknowledged the problem of whitewashing in Hollywood.
“We need more representation of Asians on film, of Hispanics on film, of blacks on film, women and particularly women of color, Native Americans — I mean, we just don’t have enough representation,” said the actress. “And also these categories like ‘white’ and ‘nonwhite’ — they’re imagined classifications but have real-life consequences. … And I hope that begins to change, because I think everyone is becoming more conscious of it, which hopefully will make change.” – Source