‘Scream 6’ Star Jasmin Savoy Brown: Horror Is ‘So Straight And White’
“It’s just not interesting to me,” the “Scream VI” star said, “except for my one white female show a year.”
Jasmin Savoy Brown is an accidental scream queen.
The “Scream VI” star and breakout “Yellowjackets” actress revealed that she was “never interested” in the mainstream horror genre due to its seemingly lackluster cast.
“I was never into horror because it was so straight and white,” Brown said Elle. “It’s just not interesting to me, except for my one white female show a year, which was ‘Big Little Lies’ and then ‘The White Lotus.’
Brown, who plays Mindy in the latest “Scream” films, praised the franchise for including a Black queer character.
“Mindy’s weirdness has nothing to do with the character arc and no one cares.” It’s such a big deal because it’s not a big deal at all,” Brown said. “I love the idea that some people who wouldn’t normally interact with a character like me are now meeting Mindy in this franchise, and hopefully in a way that’s enjoyable for them.”
Regarding the possible fate of Mindy’s ‘Scream’, he continued: ‘All three possibilities in the movie ‘Scream’ are solid. Or you die and it’s an epic death. You survive and that’s wonderful, otherwise you’re the killer. So no matter what hand I’m dealt, I’m always happy.”
Brown questioned her status as a scream queen: “Why the hell do I keep playing these parts? I think I’m good at it, but I want to do comedy. Or put me in the role of Jenna in Waitress.
Brown’s “Scream VI” co-star Jenna Ortega previously spoke about how Hollywood is still run by “older white men.”
“I really see my younger generation taking more control of themselves in the industry — whether it’s learning to write sooner, directing sooner or producing sooner,” Ortega said. “I think it’s really empowering and important because right now teenage voices are still being spoken by older white men. The more it happens, the more we recognize that girls are so much more than a lame stereotype.”
Ortega continued about the horror genre: “I’ve never really thought about it because a lot of what I do is horror, and they all have these moody and nasty qualities, but what I love is that they also have a sassy teenage nature. The thing about horror is that it has become my second home at the moment. I’ve been on enough of the sets (I’m) going to, and I know what’s expected of me. It feels like a typical 9 to 5.”
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