AMC’s Interview With The Vampire Series Race Swaps Red-Headed Claudia With Bailey Bass Casting
AMC has revealed that actress Bailey Bass will portray the young orphan vampire Claudia in their upcoming Interview With The Vampire Series.
Another Hollywood casting announcement, another redhead raceswap, as AMC has revealed that actress Bailey Bass will portray the young orphan Claudia in their upcoming Interview With The Vampire Series.
In an Instagram post shared by Bass following the announcement, the actress exclaimed, “PINCH ME!!”
“Beyond excited to play Claudia and join the Interview with the Vampire family,” she added.
With her appearance in the series, the young Bass will succeed Kirsten Dunst, who portrayed the five-year old vampire in the 1994 adaptation of Anne Rice’s original novel.
As noted above, Bass’ casting marks yet another case of a character who was originally conceived as a white redhead being race swapped and portrayed by a non-white actor.
In Rice’s 1976 novel, the story’s narrator notes upon seeing Claudia for the first time, “Her dark-red hair was parted in the middle and drawn back to her ears, though a dozen little ringlets escaped to make a frame for her pale face.”
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Claudia will not be the only vampire to receive a race swap in AMC’s upcoming television adaptation of Rice’s celebrated novel, as it was previously announced that Louis de Pointe du Lac, portrayed by Pitt in the 1994 film, will be played by Game of Thrones actor Jacob Anderson.
While the disappointing nature of this casting does not reflect on Bass’ person or acting abilities, it does stand as a betrayal to fans who wished to see the story they’ve come to know and love depicted as accurately as possible.
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