Rachel Zegler Recalls ‘Snow White’ Casting Backlash: “People Were Angry”

2/1/2022 12:20:00 AM

Rachel Zegler addressed the internet kerfuffle surrounding her casting in Disney's forthcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Rachel Zegler addressed the internet kerfuffle surrounding her casting in Disney's forthcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

In an interview with Andrew Garfield, Zegler makes her stance on her detractors exceedingly clear: “We need to love them in the right direction.”

for Variety ’s Actors on Actors panel, where she discussed the internet kerfuffle surrounding her casting in the titular role because she’s Latina.✖ With a smile and a song, Disney's Snow White star Rachel Zegler says someday her detractors will come (around).”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety here.Rachel Stevens is gearing up to hit the ice again on Sunday for her first live Dancing on Ice performance, having been forced to sit out the first week due to injury.

Twitter content originates from.“When it was announced, it was a huge thing that was trending on Twitter for days, because all of the people were angry,” Zegler told Garfield.In a new interview opposite Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield on Variety's Actors on Actors series, the 20-year-old actress of Latin descent spoke out for the first time about the reaction to her casting in the titular role of Disney's live-action re-imagining of 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.“Never in a million years did I imagine that this would be a possibility for me.” “You are in my favorite movie of the year,” Zegler gushes back to Garfield about his turn as the composer Jonathan Larson in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!” And she’s also a super fan of Garfield’s surprise return to playing Peter Parker in the box office phenomenon “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a movie that made her sob.You don’t normally see Snow Whites that are of Latin descent."You don't normally see Snow Whites that are of Latin descent.Even though Snow White is really a big deal in Spanish-speaking countries.Get the news you want straight to your inbox.

Blanca Nieves is a huge icon, whether you’re talking about the Disney cartoon or just different iterations and the Grimm fairy tale and all the stories that come with it.Blanca Nieves is a huge icon whether you're talking about the Disney cartoon or just different iterations and the Grimm fairy tale and all the stories that come with it.I am absolutely, weirdly proud of someone that I’ve never met.But you don’t particularly see people who look like me or are me playing roles like that.” Zegler’s casting has not been the only conversation sparked by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Reacting to backlash from some Twitter users when her casting was announced last summer, Zegler wrote in a since-deleted tweet:"yes i am snow white no i am not bleaching my skin for the role.Last week, Emmy-winner took the film to task for retelling a “fucking backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together.I watched you break onto the stage in “Angels in America” so brilliantly and beautifully.” In his criticism regarding the potential representation of dwarfism in film, he insinuated that Zegler’s casting represented a double standard.When Garfield responded those are"the people that we need to educate, the people that we need to love into awareness," Zegler added,"We need to love them in the right direction.The pair first met and dated when Rachel was just 12, but drifted apart during their teenage years and split.

“I was a little taken aback [when] they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White,” he said on Marc Maron.

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