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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:39

Lee Daniels Discusses "Difficult Time in America" and How 'Empire' Paved the Way for 'Star'

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"You're going to run away with a sound bite," Lee Daniels told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour during the panel for his first-year Fox drama Star.

That warning came when Daniels, once again, was asked about putting a Caucasian actress (Jude Demorest) at the center of the fictional girl group for his new music drama Star.

When Daniels was asked the same question in December, as the show was launching, and he said it was because the country needed healing, his response raised eyebrows.

Speaking in front of a room of reporters Wednesday, Daniels said he had also faced that very question internally. "Why am I putting a white girl in the middle of this black environment with a sister who is half black with another singer who is an entitled, very rich black girl with a transgender," he said he asked himself. "Why am I doing that? Why am I doing that now?

"We're in a difficult time right now in America," he continued. "I foresaw where we would be right now. When I said 'Heal the nation,' I think it was about personal healing. Sometimes you're misquoted. It's about bringing these girls together and watching these girls come together as a family, as they aspire to their dreams.

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