Rooney Mara talks about whitewashing in Hollywood.

HitBerryPublished on   17 May, 2016Updated on   28 May, 2021

Two times Academy Awards winner and the actress having great passion in charity Rooney Mara talks about whitewashing in Hollywood. Now that is what we call a bold step!


We must say the actress on ‘Carol’ is sexy, smart and beautiful. When she was asked, “When we start casting actors according to their ethnic background, doesn’t that start curbing creativity and art?” She simply replied,

“I think that there are two sides to it. Yes, I do think it curbs art and creativity, and I also think that if you’re going to go by that, you have to be able to…it has to go both ways. It can’t just be that you don’t want a white girl to play a certain part. It has to be both sides. And I do think it can curb art and creativity.”


“That being said, is there whitewashing in Hollywood? Absolutely, and I feel really bad and embarrassed to be a part of that. In J.M. Barrie’s book, the natives were not Native American. That was something later attributed and there’s probably racism behind even that attribution. In the book, they’re called the Pickaninny tribe, which is wrought with racism.”

She explained,

“But it was never my intention to play a Native American girl. That was never an option to me. It was Joe (Wright’s) pure desire to make the natives a conglomeration of many different cultures and indigenous people. To make them people of the world. He wanted them to be natives of planet Earth. I thought that was a really beautiful intention of his. That being said, I understand the anger about whitewashing. I completely do, and I agree with it.”

Here is a video, you might like. Rooney Mara regrets taking on ‘whitewashed’ role in Disney’s Pan.