Zazie Beetz says the subject of race is “really not discussed” in Europe compared to the United States.
The actress said there are “certainly cultural differences” across the pond and between the experiences of black Americans and their English counterparts.
Beetz stars in films such as The Harder They Fall and Joker and is known for her role as Van in Donald Glover’s comedy drama series Atlanta.
The FX show’s third season, which also stars Glover and Brian Tyree Henry, was filmed primarily in Europe, which German-American actress Beetz said she found “very interesting”.
I think race is talked about less in Europe and it’s very interesting how in the US we discuss this topic and how it’s really not discussed in the whole of Europe.Zazie Beetz
“I think it was pretty special, but there are definitely cultural differences,” she said.
“I hadn’t spent a lot of time in London and… there’s a difference between the black American experience and the black English experience (and) the culture and history around it.
“I think there’s less talk about race in Europe and it’s very interesting how in the US we discuss this topic and how it’s really not discussed in the whole of Europe.
“I feel like in 2020 those conversations have started to bubble up, so it’s interesting for me and, I’m sure for all of us, to compare our American experience with the European one.”
Atlanta follows college dropout Earn’s attempts to manage the rap career of his cousin Alfred “Paper Boi” (Henry), while trying to redeem himself in the eyes of ex-girlfriend Van (Beetz).
Glover said he wanted the third series “about white people” and that research was needed.
“We really had to not think like us, which was really cool because it gave you a really interesting perspective on a lot of things,” he said.