After the shoot, Kerry joined the other ladies (Kate Mara, Anna Gunn, Connie Britton, Elisabeth Moss, and Monica Potter) for a roundtable discussion where she dished on being a substitute teacher in New York, getting death threats on Twitter for her political views, and being rejected for movie roles.
See details of the interview below:
On Her Worst Job
It wasn’t one of my worst jobs, but I used to be a substitute teacher for New York City schools. It was great and hard, and I even did it after I started working in films. But I had to stop after I did Save the Last Dance because the students were like, “Chenille is substituting!”
On Her Worst Audition
It’s a little bit different for me because I’ll audition for something and they’ll just decide that they’re not going “ethnic” with a character, which I hear a lot.
If not “black,” then yeah. People have artistic license … that’s what casting is: fitting the right look to the right character. Whereas you could maybe lose some weight, there’s not really anything I can do, nor would I want to, about being black.
On the Craziest Thing She’s Done to Get a Role
I’ve written a lot of letters to directors.
On Negative Backlash Because of Her Real Life Political Involvement
I come from a family where people really participate in the democratic process. I don’t think that being an actor should prevent me from continuing to do the things I do. A lot of people fought for me to have the right as a woman to be able to participate, and as a person of color, and so I don’t want my acting to get in the way of that. I do it as an American. And blowback? Absolutely. After I spoke at the Democratic National Convention — our show has a very active life on Twitter and Facebook — I couldn’t go near any of it because there were threats to my life, sexism and racism. It was shocking that me speaking at a convention incited all this anger. Thank God for block on Twitter!
I would never block somebody for disagreeing with me. But the threats to my life … that’s not so good.
On Social Media
Yeah. I mean, you read the good stuff. … But I don’t tweet about my personal life. I don’t tweet things that are about me. I work with a woman who is a digital social media consultant because I was terrified to go on Twitter. She helped me to figure out how to engage — as an actor — to promote the work without promoting myself. It’s scary. It’s this whole other universe.
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