This casting director’s request is one Nicole Byer and other Hollywood actors have become all too familiar with it.
In live from!it is Laverne Cox chatted with some of this year’s biggest Emmy nominees on Sept. 5 on E! special If we are honest. Nominated for a third time this year for her role as host on Netflix Nailed it!Byer recalled one of his most uncomfortable audition experiences.
“Apparently a casting director asked you to ‘speak more Black’ at some point?” Cox asked Byer, who made history as the first black woman nominated for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Competition Program in 2020. Byer replied, “Apparently? That’s so come.”
And while Byer could crack a joke in any situation, it became real when thinking back on the experience. “Usually they say ‘sassy, more street, more urban,'” she continued. “But I read it, and she was like, ‘Can you be Blacker?’ I was just playing a fairy. And she was like, ‘Be as black as you can be. If you get too black, I’ll bring you back.'”