If this is what British looks like, count us in
Hot English import, actor Riz Ahmed, just wrapping up the HBO hit of the season, The Night Of, refuses to be put into an ethnic category. It's 2016, he told Steven Colbert in a televised interview and "this is what British looks like. It looks like me."
Ahmed who stars as Nasir Khan, an American of Pakistani decent from Queens in The Night Of drama, is a refreshing departure from the contrived stereotypes that are usually served up as pop culture idols in conventional American television. "Hopefully through Nasir Khan, people will see that’s what American can look like as well”, he told the audience.
The fact that masculinity in mainstream media has been strictly color-coded and brown skinned actors offered few options to work is evident. As a matter of fact just a few years ago Ahmed, who is of Pakistani heritage, would have been stuck playing some version of the terrorist/bad guy genre.
Luckily, times are changing and as a lead in the upcoming Star Wars movie spin off, Ahmad proves to be as desirable as any white protagonists on the big screen.