Kristen Bell will no longer play mixed-race character in 'Central Park

published 25.06.2020 12:04

by Stephen Warwick from

From the show's own description: "Central Park" is an animated musical comedy about the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park.

Bell will remain with the show in a "new role", but a new actress will be found for Molly.

But after reflection, Kristen, along with the entire creative team, recognizes that the casting of the character of Molly is an opportunity to get representation right - to cast a Black or mixed race actress and give Molly a voice that resonates with all of the nuance and experiences of the Character as we've drawn her."

The statement says: "Kristen Bell is an extraordinarily talented actress who joined the cast of Central Park from nearly the first day of the show's development - before there was even a character for her to play - and she has since delivered a funny, heartfelt, and beautiful performance.

Kristen Bell will no longer play Molly in the Apple TV+ show Central Park, stating that she believes her character, who is mixed-race, should be played by a Black or mixed-race actress.