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As rumors began to circulate this spring that Lashana Lynch would play female 007 in opposition to Daniel Craig’s James Bond, the reaction was not all positive.

The 32-year-old British actress opened in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar published Tuesday about taking a step away from social media and focusing on family, friends and meditation after the backlash about becoming the first Black in the James Bond series. female 007.

“I’m a Black woman – if it’s another Black woman to play the role, that would be the same conversation, she’d get the same attacks, the same abuse,” she said. “I just have to remind myself that the conversation is going on and I’m part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”

The first trailer for “No Time to Die”, a sequel to “Bond” originally scheduled earlier this year but moved to 2021 due to the closure of the coronavirus cinema system, debuted at last December and give fans a first look at Lynch’s character, Nomi. When Craig’s Bond introduction, the two don’t seem to be close friends. Nomi tells him “stay in your lane.”

“You get in my way, I’ll put a bullet in your name,” she added.

Than: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the action-packed first trailer for ‘No Time to Die’

Lynch recalls initially hesitant to join the film, wanting to make sure her character will accurately portray a Black woman’s life and not get lost “behind a man”. After meeting with director Cary Joji Fukunaga, producer Barbara Broccoli and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the actress feels confident that she will portray a reliable two-dimensional person.

“A very polished character, an iron-like character? That’s just the opposite of what I support,” Lynch said. ‘I don’t want to waste opportunity when it comes to what Nomi can represent. I was looking for at least one moment in the script where Black audiences would nod, complimenting reality but excited to see their real lives portrayed. In every project I work on, regardless of budget or genre, the Black experience I’m presenting needs to be 100% authentic. “

She added: “I feel so grateful that I can challenge those stories. We are moving away from toxic masculinity, and that’s happening because women are open-minded, demanding and speak up, and point out wrongdoing as soon as we see it. “

Now confident in his ability to speak out in the entertainment industry to make a real change, Lynch is ready to tell meaningful stories while still being true to himself.

“We’re not fixed numbers,” Lynch said. “Now we are in a time when artists have the collective energy to ignite change. There are real jobs to be done, frank conversations. A magazine cover has. Beautiful, words don’t have to be. “

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