The #Os­carssowhite cam­paign to di­ver­sify Hol­ly­wood had a blind spot: Arab women, who were still classed as cau­casian de­spite decades of un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion and stereo­typ­ing. Un­til Azita Gh­a­nizada got in­volved. The ac­tress tells Chris New­bould how she put

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It seems in­cred­i­ble to think that, un­til July last year, ac­tors with a Mid­dle Eastern back­ground were, at least as far as Hol­ly­wood was con­cerned, Cau­casian. From Morocco to the Le­vant and the Gulf to Afghanistan, if you were from that patch of land east of Europe, but not quite on the main Asian land­mass, you were con­sid­ered Cau­casian, just like Euro­pean and Amer­i­can ac­tors. “Does this mat­ter?” you may well ask. It does ac­cord­ing to Azita Gh­a­nizada, a suc­cess­ful Afghan-Amer­i­can Hol­ly­wood ac­tress who has ap­peared in shows such as NCIS and How I Met Your Mother.

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