Lovecraft Country Extra Claims Skin Was Darkened For Show

In a recent video shared on TikTok, actor Kelli Amirah describes her experiences of allegedly having her skin unexpectedly darkened as an extra for Lovecraft Country. HBO has, in a release (via The Hollywood Reporter), said it was “very disappointed” to learn of Amirah’s experience and is also “taking steps to ensure this doesn’t occur again in the future.”

Amirah says she was hired, paid $100, and cast to play a younger version of a recurring character for a photograph that would briefly appear in an episode, and “had no idea they were going to do this to me beforehand.” Adds Amirah in the video, “If I knew beforehand, I would not have accepted this job. Who thought this was a good idea?”

As Amirah explains, she was sitting in a trailer between two of Lovecraft Country’s stars, mainly paying attention to her phone while she heard makeup artists observe that she looked “a little lighter” than the actress she was hired to portray a younger version of, and then “noticed my foundation is getting darker and darker… as soon as we wrapped I went right back to hair and makeup to ask for some makeup wipes because I refused to go out in the world like that.”

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