Am I Right… that this isn’t black & white?

You are absolutely right. It isn’t black and white. Far from it. 

There are many blurred lines concerning which ethnic and racial stories an actor feels able to authentically tell. You may identify as multi-ethnic. Does that mean you can only tell the stories of one of your ethnicities and not the other? And how specific should you be? Can you play a Turkish character even though you identify as Greek? And who gets to make that decision? 

No one can tell you what you “can” or “cannot” play. Only you know how your identity feels in the context of a certain piece of storytelling. So you have to decide for yourself. We just ask that you take the time to make those choices thoughtfully and aware of the larger impact your choices can have.

Lauren Villegas