Tyrese Gibson is opening up about some of the realities of Hollywood, and chatted about the role colorism is playing in the business.
In a new interview with Leah’s Lemonade, the F9 actor opened up about how he’s lost out on quite a few roles to his good friend Terrence Howard because of it.
Click inside to see what Tyrese Gibson shared…
Tyrese reflected on the issue in Hollywood, by recalling a film he just wrapped with Terrence.
“Throughout my whole childhood, it was not cool to be dark-skinned in the hood. It was always light-skinned Black people who seemed to get all the attention, all the love and were considered pretty or handsome,” he shared. “Since I’ve been in Hollywood, we’ve dealt with the same thing.”
Tyrese continued, “I just did a film with Terrence Howard and you know we’re able to joke about it now, [but] I was the star of a film. They had an idea to go with someone I won’t mention and I suggested Terrence Howard. And he thanked me for like a week straight… he was thanking me for booking him. And I was thinking to myself, ‘Terrence Howard has no idea how many roles that I was about to book and they went with him because he’s the lighter-skinned Black man with green eyes.’
“It’s crazy to me, like, I’m No. 1. I’m the star. I’m this blue-black, you know, all of the things that I was laughed about in the ‘hood’,” he added.
Tyrese then turned to credit actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis because of “this shift that has happened. I think we should all stay humble because it’s interesting how white people created this kind of colorism. The mixed-race gets to be in the house and the black blacks get to work in the hot sun and pick cotton.”
“I think we should all stay humble because it’s interesting how white people created this kind of colorism,” he said.
Check out Tyrese‘s full interview below: