Since his breakout role in Jordan Peele’s hit film ‘Get Out,’ Daniel Kaluuya has taken Hollywood by storm starring in hit movies since then, such as ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Queen & Slim.’
While, Kaluuya has become well known in the U.S., the star revealed in an interview with The Times, that prior to blowing up in the states, he didn’t have much luck with his career in England.
Kaluuya informed the publication that after many auditions, he couldn’t land a role, stating, “I was going for a lot of stuff, but I wasn’t getting roles because of the color of my skin. It wasn’t fair. It was a trap.”
Kaluuya continued by explaining an exact situation where he was treated differently, and race played a part in the encounter.
“It was 10 rounds of auditions…There was me and a white guy for the lead. It was about aliens. And I realized as I was going to one audition that the other guy had been given an acting coach,” he said.
Getting roles isn’t the only part of Hollywood where race plays a huge part in some being more successful than others. Each year during awards season, many movie award shows get called out for the lack of color being represented in the nominees.
This occurred with the British Academy Film Awards after it was reported that in 2018 94% of the nominees were white, according to Revolt.
However, Kaluuya was determined to get over this obstacle and not let anyone play with his career.
“They didn’t love me like they loved him…In any other profession, that would be weird, but it was accepted in mine. It happened a few times, and I went, ‘Nah. I’m not an idiot.’”