Daniel Radcliffe: Hollywood is racist

Radcliffe says the industry is "lagging behind" when it comes to appreciating diversity.

Actor Daniel Radcliffe. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Daniel Radcliffe believes it is "pretty undeniable" that Hollywood is racist but feels progress is being made. The Harry Potter star considers the film industry to be "lagging behind" when it comes to appreciating what people from all races can offer.

When asked if Hollywood is racist, he said: "Yes. I mean it's pretty undeniable, that's the thing, we like to think of ourselves as being a very progressive industry but we have been lagging behind in all kinds of areas and it's been very well documented.

"I think there's lots of things about the Oscars, there's lots of amazing performances every year that don't get recognised. I feel like there's a lot that's unseen about the process."

However, the 27-year-old star does feel like things have improved slightly as of late.

He added: "I do think that now these things have come up things are going to start changing. I'm starting to see it in scripts that I read."

And Daniel also opened up about sexism in Hollywood and admits he finds it "crazy" that there is still a gender pay gap.

Speaking on BBC's The Victoria Derbyshire Show, he added: "Jennifer Lawrence was the person who wrote that letter and started that whole conversation.

"It's crazy that that still goes on and it's also in department to department in the industry too. There are some departments that are predominantly male, and again that's something that is changing, but it's interesting."

Meanwhile, Daniel previously admitted he just assumes people think he is a feminist.

He explained: "It's sad that people are having to come out as feminist.

"I thought we'd have got beyond this point. I would hope it would be assumed of me that I was one. You see amazing male characters, and there is an absolute dearth of roles for women."