Kristen Bell To No Longer Play Molly On 'Central Park,' Will Voice New Role
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Kristen Bell To No Longer Play Molly On 'Central Park,' Will Voice New Role

On the heels of the news that Jenny Slate is leaving her role on Netflix's Big Mouth, another white actress who voices a character of Black descent on another series will switch roles.

Kristen Bell originally played Molly, a biracial character, on Apple TV's Central Park. A statement reads in part, "Kristen, along with the entire creative team, recognizes that the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right – to cast a Black or mixed-race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experiences of the character as we’ve drawn her. Kristen will continue to be a part of the heart of the show in a new role but we will find a new actress to lend her voice to Molly."

The series also stars Josh Gad, Daveed Diggs, Tituss Burgess and Stanley Tucci.

Read the full statement below:

Kristen Bell is an extraordinarily talented actress who joined the cast of Central Park from nearly the first day of the show’s development – before there was even a character for her to play – and she has since delivered a funny, heartfelt, and beautiful performance.

But after reflection, Kristen, along with the entire creative team, recognizes that the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right – to cast a Black or mixed race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experiences of the character as we’ve drawn her. Kristen will continue to be a part of the heart of the show in a new role but we will find a new actress to lend her voice to Molly.

We profoundly regret that we might have contributed to anyone’s feeling of exclusion or erasure.

Black people and people of color have worked and will continue to work on Central Park but we can do better. We’re committed to creating opportunities for people of color and Black people in all roles, on all our projects – behind the mic, in the writers room, in production, and in post-production. Animation will be stronger for having as many voices, experiences, and perspectives as we can possibly bring into the industry. Our shop and our show will be better for respecting the nuances and complexity around the issue of representation and trying to get it right.

 

READ MORE:

Jenny Slate Leaving As Missy On Netflix's 'Big Mouth': ‘Black Characters Should Be Played by Black People’

 

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