Aziz Ansari: Want to take more people of colour on my show

Thursday, May 26, 2016,15:47 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Los Angeles | Indian-origin American actor Aziz Ansari says he wants to make sure there are more people of colour on the second season of his TV show Master of None.

The American comedy-drama TV  series has been created by Ansari and Alan Yang. It stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City.

The show was renewed for a second season in February 2016, scheduled to premiere sometime in 2017. One thing I’ve thought about in going from season 1 to season 2 is now we’re in a position to help other people and in season 2 I’ve been like I have to find… I have to do just even more, and find even more actors of color and writers of colour, he said.

Ansari, 33, and actress Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari sat down for the fourth season of Variety’s and PBS’ Actors on Actors series and the two actors spoke about issue of diversity. Further talking about he wants to use his resource to bring more diversity on TV, Ansari said, I’m friends with Chris Rock and I’ve seen how he really takes that initiative to foster talent and to look out for people and I think its really important.

It’s kind of a responsibility we have once we kind of get to a certain place to look out for people and I’ve really tried to do that in season 2 of my show, he added. Both Washington, 39, and Ansari believe it’s not just Hollywood but every industry in American that is white dominated.

I saw this chart in the New York Times about like decision makers -the gatekeepers in every single industry- and it was like all white people, said Ansari.

It came out after Oscars so white and I loved that they did it because there was all this attention on Hollywood but it was like no no no, every industry is so white, Washington added. The two-part fourth-season premiere of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors airs June 12 and June 19 on PBS SoCal.