Oscar nominee Angela Bassett reflects upon the position of actors of colour in Hollywood. The Meet the Browns star says she believes she gets recognition for her talent and the proof is getting cast in Navot Papushado’s upcoming action film, Gunpowder Milkshake.

Los Angeles: Angela Bassett is one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood, but fans sometimes question whether actors of color get the proper amount of respect for their work as their white counterparts. Angela Bassett believes she does.

“I feel I get a great deal of respect, of course, as an actor, We always want more work and more opportunity and more outlet, more, you know, better rolls, better characters,” said the Oscar nominee.

For Bassett, part of the proof is getting cast in Navot Papushado’s upcoming action film, Gunpowder Milkshake.

“Who would have thought I would be seen and respected and inspiring to this director in Israel or across the sea? When you’ve heard for so long that we (African-American movie stars) don’t travel, you know, our image, are melanin doesn’t travel, but it’s just not true.”

Bassett also said that there’s much more opportunities for women of color than there were when she first got into the business.

“There was a time where I knew every face, you know, I knew I knew every actor. I knew where they’re from, who they are, what they’ve done. And now when I have to Google with them or look them up or I’m not aware, I don’t know their names—I know that there has been great change and opportunity made available.”

Most 61-year-olds—or 30-year-olds—don’t look like Angela Bassett. But believe it or not, the Black Panther actor does not enjoy working out.

“I don’t particularly like/love to work out, but I know that it’s important for me,” said Bassett. “I also have been told by doctors that my body type, my makeup, my genetics loves fitness, so I should give that to myself.”

Bassett is an ambassador for Know Diabetes by Heart, a joint initiative from the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. Her mother died from complications of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, making the work personal for her.

The goal is to reduce cardiovascular deaths, heart attacks and strokes in people living with type 2 diabetes by raising awareness and understanding of the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

With inputs from APTN

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