Nicole Byer Reveals A Casting Director Once Asked Her To ‘Be Blacker’

Comic and actor Nicole Byer just lately sat down with Laverne Cox forward of this yr’s Emmy awards for the E! particular “If We’re Being Honest.”

Byer, who has been nominated a 3rd time because the host of Netflix’s comedic actuality bake-off “Nailed It!,” revealed particulars a few demeaning audition early in her profession.

“Allegedly, a casting director asked you to ‘talk more Black’ at one point?” Cox requested Byer.

Byer replied, “Allegedly? It happened so much.”

The “Big Beautiful Weirdo” star, who made historical past as the primary Black feminine nominee for Excellent Host for a Actuality or Competitors Program in 2020, shared that she was advised to go “Blacker” … however not “too Black.”

“Usually, they say ‘sassy, more street, more urban,’” she advised the host. “But I read it, and she was like, ‘Can you be Blacker?’ I was just playing a fairy. And she was like, ‘Be as Black as you can be. If you go too Black, I’ll bring you back.’”

When Cox requested concerning the race of the casting director, the 36-year-old replied, “Oh, you know she was white like the snow.”

Byer stated the uncomfortable request occurred in her twenties when she was new in her profession.

“It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t great,” the New Jersey actor admitted, revealing she felt on the time she had no selection however to associate with the route. “It didn’t feel good to do it.”

On the finish of the clip, Cox requested, “Did you ever go too Black and need to be pulled back?”

“She never had to pull me back,” Byer quipped. “But I wish I’d gone far enough.”