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May 31, 2018

ABC RADIO – Zazie Beetz is embarking on a new journey and role as Domino, a newly recruited X-Force superhero, in Deadpool 2.

Beetz, who also plays Van in Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta, is aware of her rising star as an actress. Ahead of her upcoming film, Beetz tells ABC Radio she’s curious to see how this movie will affect her seemingly normal day-to-day life.

“[A] sort of like a life changing opportunity both in terms of career, but then both in terms of my personal life,” Beetz says. “A lot of things in a way have changed in terms of like how I may need to function sort of on my day-to-day and stuff like that. Because it’s just your profile is suddenly a lot more prominent. And so, it does change a lot of things. I wonder also how things are going to sort of shift once that kind of really hits theaters.”

While Zazie says she’s nervously excited at the ideal of becoming this projected superstar, the actress humbly adds she’s simply “grateful” for the opportunity to be a part of the project. Of course, it can’t hurt that Zazie also brings something fresh and new to her character Domino.

“I’m so happy that production kind of went the direction they went with in terms of casting a person of color for a role that is sort of typically doesn’t look that way,” she says. “There was initially concern about backlash or something… [from] comic book fans who grew up and had sort of the nostalgia level of a certain look.”

“There’s been a little bit of that here and there, but I have to say it’s been overwhelmingly positive. Which, I’m just like so grateful for.”

May 31, 2018

INDEPENDENTE IE – Atlanta star Zazie Beetz has said she was “shocked” when she was cast as Domino in Deadpool 2 as a black actress.

She will be responsible for the first portrayal of the X-Force member on the big screen and will star opposite Ryan Reynolds, who will reprise his role as the title character.

In the comic books Domino is drawn with white skin, straight black hair and a black mark over one eye.

She told the Press Association:

“I was shocked that they cast me frankly, because who I am deviates very much from the look of the character in the comics.
“I also thought that could bring up contention within people who grew up with what somebody looks like and they expect that in the live action.
“So I was very honoured to have them also take that risk with me, and everybody was super supportive and super, super excited and so I’m glad that’s not the focus of the movie.
“I think that would also inspire more questioning, is that the right choice or not, if they did focus on it, but honestly it was never really a discussion.
“It’s who she is and I actually think that is a bigger statement, to just not acknowledge it.”

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May 31, 2018

INDEPENDENT UK – The year is 2036. Earth has been ravaged by nuclear apocalypse. All civilisation has been destroyed and humanity’s few survivors live a strangled, desolate existence. We see her, in a muddied tunic, dragging her meagre possessions behind her. Shotgun in tow. Her face bruised and bloodied. She pauses for a moment. Lifts her arm to brush her hair away from her face, revealing a perfectly shaved armpit.

It’s far from Hollywood’s most insidious trope when it comes to representing women on screen, but it’s still a little ludicrous: that the requirement for women’s bodies to be as hairless as naked mole rats surpasses all global chaos.

The Huffington Post’s Olivia Cole, for example, noted how The Walking Dead’s male cast can essentially track the passage of time through the growth of their facial hair – yet the women here have all conveniently found the opportunity to keep their armpits bald, somewhere in between all the zombie culling.

Truly, Hollywood would rather disregard all logic than inflict on the world the sight of a woman’s unshaven armpit. It’s a unicorn of American filmmaking: so rarely seen that entire generations of men treat it with an almost mythical sense of disbelief.

When it does emerge, it’s almost always the signifier of a woman who deliberately disregards societal norms – see Penélope Cruz in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan – while off screen, the sight usually causes a minor scandal, as it did with Julia Roberts on the Notting Hill red carpet, or on Miley Cyrus’s Instagram page.
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May 31, 2018

COSMOPOLITAN – Having grown up in New York, Atlanta star Zazie Beetz has a handle on city life but getting catcalled daily still wears her down. “I’ll come home to my boyfriend and I’ll be reacting,” Beetz says. “And he’ll be like, ‘That makes me so angry,’ but he is almost never there when it happens.” Experiences like that motivated her to sign on for a role in #ThatsHarassment, a series of short films from David Schwimmer, director Sigal Avin, and Milk Studios co-founder Mazdack Rassi that was released earlier this week.
Beetz acts alongside Schwimmer in “The Boss,” playing a junior-level employee in an office with a seemingly friendly and concerned superior who gets uncomfortably close. She spoke to me over Skype about everyday harassment, and why it can be difficult to process when it happens.

Was there something in particular that drew you to this project?
Above almost everything else, I identify very strongly as a woman. Walking in the street, particularly in a city like New York, every single day, I am reminded of how objectified women can be. Being catcalled every day, multiple times a day, all the time … it just constantly happens. I don’t really think that men realize that when they talk to you, whether it’s in a nice way or in an aggressive way, that’s, like, the third or fourth guy who’s done that to you on the same block. I get so upset by it sometimes because it feels like this act of possession. They’re not doing it to engage with you, they’re doing it as an act of power. It is so frustrating to feel in danger. People have followed me around at 2 in the morning and have literally said, “Don’t make me follow you. You’re not responding to me.” It’s incredibly degrading. And I experience it every single day! I think it’s important to shed light on the everyday nature of it. A lot of people think harassment is isolated events but it’s peppered throughout [our lives]. Continue reading  »

May 31, 2018

BUSTLE – When Deadpool 2 and Atlanta star Zazie Beetz travels on her own dime, you won’t find her in first class. She wants you to know the truth about her airline status, because she’s noticed that — among other false assumptions — people tend to presume that everyone in the film and TV industry is “super rich.” Sure, she’s a regular on Atlanta; appearing in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s upcoming follow-up to Moonlight, High Flying Bird; and bringing a Marvel character to life in a big-budget superhero sequel, all of which makes her “comfortable in [her] salary,” but Beetz is all about dismantling these ideas that actors, especially a buzzy woman-on-the-rise like her, all inhabit some unreachable plane of existence. Once Deadpool 2 comes out on May 18, the actor is going to be even more famous. And that’s bringing up some personal stuff for Beetz. She’s clearly still working through it.

“People often think, ‘All this amazing stuff is happening,’ and people ask, ‘How do you feel about all these changes?'” Beetz says, just a few days before the movie hits theaters, tucking her legs under herself on the Bustle green room couch. (She kicked off her jeweled mules the first chance she got.) “And they’re expecting and wanting the answer to be that everything is fine and great,” she says. “But it’s not.”

To be crystal clear, Beetz isn’t asking for your sympathy, nor is she regretting jumping on board Marvel’s most foul-mouthed franchise. But playing Domino — a mutant with an unbroken lucky streak who Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson recruits onto his X-Force squad of misfit superheroes — puts her at a new level of celebrity, building on her breakout success as Van, the female lead of Donald Glover’s award-winning FX series. She’s making a very conscious effort to “practice gratitude” for the way her career is taking off, and that includes managing the stress that comes with it, and any major life change.
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May 31, 2018

ELLE – On FX’s Atlanta, a show about three men trying to make it in Atlanta’s rap scene, Zazie Beetz’s Vanessa may be the series’ most potent presence. “She’s a woman a lot of people relate to: a middle-class mother trying to support herself and her child, and working through a nebulous definition of a relationship,” says Beetz of Van, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Earn (Atlanta’s creator, star, and sometime director Donald Glover) and the mother of his child. The show’s sole female lead, Van “just wants to keep her strength through that,” Beetz says—“that” being grappling with parental responsibility, a longing for carefree days, and the desire for mutual love and respect. “We’ll finally get to see more of why she is who she is,” says Beetz, 26, of the series’ second season, premiering in March. (The actress also joins Ryan Reynolds in June’s Deadpool 2 as Marvel antiheroine Domino.)

“Zazie is just very intuitive,” Glover says. “She plays nothing about her as shameful. But I also think that with black female characters, people tend to be like, ‘She can be strong! But not too strong! Angry, but not too angry!’ And I’m like, No, they can be angry—they have a lot to be angry about! Or weak, even. Zaz just doesn’t approach any of it in the regular way.” Inside or out. “I auditioned with my natural hair,” Beetz says, “and I really wanted to keep that for Van. A lot of women come up to me and tell me they started wearing their hair natural because of Van. It’s small and specific, but it really resonates.”

May 31, 2018

PRIDE – Prior to a few months ago, you may have been hard-pressed to think of black female characters in superhero stories outside of X-Men’s Storm. Like plenty of other genres, action and superhero film categories haven’t historically been the most representative places for black women, and women of colour – let alone giving them much space to thrive as leading, important parts of the narrative.

However, recent releases have given us a boost of hope to see black women presented as just as, if not more, capable of saving the world from destruction as their male counterparts: Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie made her glittering debut in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, while Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and a host of other black actresses made Black Panther a visual feast of strong, self-sufficient black women.

And now, Marvel has given us another example of the power of inclusion in the form of Deadpool 2‘s Domino, played by Zazie Beetz, best-known for her work on FX comedy series Atlanta. Bad-ass and effortlessly cool, Domino has the makings of a modern classic hero – with the potential to make the star of actress Beetz, shine even brighter than before.

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May 31, 2018

BUSTLE – Some of the most intriguing episodes of Atlanta have come not only on the shoulders of Earn, Donald Glover’s protagonist, but on those of Van, Earn’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, who is constantly working to provide a stable life for the daughter the two share. Despite Zazie Beetz’s masterful performance as Van in the first season of the FX series, Van has been absent in the first two episodes of the second installment, leaving some people wondering which episodes of Atlanta Season 2 Van will actually be in.

Luckily for viewers, she’s definitely going to be there. She’s very much present in the season’s promotional materials and attended the premiere along with her co-stars. And she’s finally back in Episode 3 of Season 2. There’s no way she and Earn will be done anytime soon, and Van’s got big plans. In an interview with W magazine in 2016 after the first season wrapped, Beetz said while she’s not sure of the exact direction Van’s narrative will take, there are countless ways her story could develop in Season 2. “I oscillate between wanting Van and Earn to end up together versus Van or Earn dating other people,” she said. “We talked about that being a possibility. Also, seeing how scrappy she can get with finding work because she needs to find something. Even while we were shooting this last episode, he was talking about how this sort of opens up a door to a whole number of things that she can do.” Continue reading  »

April 17, 2018

VOGUE – Two years ago, while Donald Glover was at a friend’s house watching audition tapes for the character Van—the actor and director’s on-again, off-again love interest—in FX’s Atlanta, his friend’s girlfriend walked by the television and stopped, transfixed. It wasn’t the first time Glover had witnessed a visceral reaction to Zazie Beetz. She has, he says, “an amazing ability to lure people to her with a natural honesty.”

And then there’s her hair.

Worn in an Afro that frames her heart-shaped face and caramel skin, her natural texture was a tipping point for Glover, who cast Beetz in the role. “Zazie’s hair isn’t straightened, and I wanted her to relate to Van as much as possible,” he says of the feisty character, whose development has benefited from Beetz’s ability to instill elements of herself in the part. “Plus,” he continues, “you don’t see it enough.”

“So many women come up to me, like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s me!’ ” Beetz says, citing the resonance of capturing on camera something as simple as working her strands into Bantu knots or braids, and tucking them under a head wrap—a detangling and stretching ritual that she often performs before bed on the show, as she does for 45 minutes every night in her own life. “That’s what has been wonderful about Atlanta,” Beetz says. “It’s allowed me to celebrate my identity.”
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April 17, 2018

GQ – There’s a reason Zazie Beetz doesn’t make you laugh in Atlanta Robbin’ Season, the triumphant, challenging return of the best damn show on television. With its second season, Atlanta is easily doing what it did the first time: Subverting your every expectation, making killer comedy out of black fury. As Van, the only woman in the core cast, Zazie Beetz has, at times, carried the full dramatic weight of a show that’s often billed as a comedy. In one of television’s most surreal landscapes, Beetz exists at the collision of every culture and idea that Atlanta targets, tugged in endless directions as her baby’s father, Earn, attempts to scheme his way to success. For this reason, while she isn’t in every episode, Beetz is frequently present for the very best Atlanta has to offer.

It’s also why she’s been cast in some of the most exciting projects coming to theaters. She’s in talks to star alongside Jon Hamm and Natalie Portman; to do a biopic, The Pale Blue Dot, with Kristen Stewart; to star in a thriller, with Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnston. This year she’ll be Slice, an indie horror film with Chance the Rapper, and next year she’ll star in a Soderbergh film. And of course, there’s Deadpool 2, in which she’ll play the ass-kicking mutant assassin Domino next month.

This week, GQ caught up with Beetz to talk about her killer year, Atlanta Robbin’ Season, and what it feels like just before you become a superhero.
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