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Zoe Kravitz: I was shut out of Batman audition because I'm 'urban'

July 15, 2015 Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Lisa Bonet

No country for superheroes. Zoe Kravitz revealed in an interview to Nylon magazine that she was unfairly shut out of The Dark Knight Rises audition because of her ethnicity.

"In the last Batman movie, they told me that I couldn't get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren't 'going urban,'" Kravitz said. "It was like, 'What does that have to do with anything?' I have to play the role like, 'Yo, what's up, Batman? What's going on wit chu?'"

The daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet said she was choosy about her film roles these days. "I don't want to play everyone's best friend," she told Nylon. "I don't want to play the role of a girl struggling in the ghetto. It's not that that story isn't important, but I saw patterns and was like, 'I don't relate to these people.'"

The Divergent actress also credited her famous parents for keeping her grounded.

"We had a chef, but it was never like, 'This is the way the world works, ZoŽ,'" she explained. "I knew we were very lucky, and my dad raised me in an old-school way. His mom actress Roxie Roker was from the Bahamas, and it was about manners and making the bed. Itís that old black s--t, really ó like, you get smacked if you talk the wrong way. It was about having respect for your elders and being thankful for what we had. He wanted to make sure I had chores, and not because we didn't have a housekeeper, but because of the principle of the thing."

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