Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga believes her heritage is having an adverse effect on her success in Hollywood, according to the The Irish Sun. Here’s why Ruth Negga, who was born to an Ethiopian father and an Irish mother, feels this way:
Ruth said: “I’ve never had actual feedback that this was the reason I didn’t get a part, no-one’s ever said to my face that was the reason. But I’m sure it’s been the case.
“I’ve gone into auditions and I think they have an assumption about me when they see my photo and then I open my mouth and they say, ‘Where exactly are you from? And you were born in Ethiopia? But you’re Irish, but you also kind of sound English. That’s really strange.’”
She added: “They want to put you in a box in LA, that’s how they tend to do it there, so if you don’t fit in that box, it makes it more difficult.”
Ruth Negga, who was born in Ethiopia, starred in the BBC biopic of Shirley Bassey, also appeared in Misfits, Love is the Drug. Well, not sure what she’s talking about since she has a few projects lined up, such as a role in the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All By My Side and the historical epic Twelve Years A Slave with Brad Pitt.
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