Jameela Jamil says she turned down the role of a deaf woman because she did not want to deprive a disabled actress of a job, The Independent reports.
“The Good Place” star was born partially deaf, but she said it “wouldn’t be appropriate” for her to play the role because she can now hear.
Jamil said the recent job offer should instead be given to “a brilliant deaf woman.”
She told the Press Association: “I said it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to take that role and they should find a brilliant deaf woman to play that role. I think you have to make those choices and not be too greedy and make space rather than take space,” adding: “I don’t want to be part of erasure.”
Jamil’s comments come amid an ongoing debate over roles for disabled and minority groups in Hollywood.
The film industry has been criticised for giving LGBT roles to straight actors, and this month ‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston, who is able-bodied, was criticized for playing a wheelchair-bound billionaire in his latest film ‘The Upside.’