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Harold Perrineau's Daughter, Aurora Perrineau, Joins Cast of Sci-Fi Romance 'Equals'

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 11, 2014 7:55 PM
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Aurora Perrineau

We missed the uproar earlier this year, over her casting as Shana in the upcoming "Jem and the Holograms" live-action movie adaptation - the animated TV series that ran from 1985 to 1988, which centered on a music company owner, her singer alter-ego Jem, her band the Holograms, and their adventures.

I'm not at all familiar with the animated series, but, from what I gathered, in short, the character she was cast to play (Shana) is supposed to be much darker than she is (the usual Hollywood #Colorism casting matter).

Filming on "Jem and the Holograms" is done (it's in post-production currently), under the direction of Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Step Up 2: The Streets"), with a 2016 release date eyed.

And now Aurora Perrineau (daughter of actor Harold Perrineau, who I'm sure you all know very well), has booked a role in another feature film, this time a sci-fi drama titled "Equals."

The 20-year-old actress has joins the cast of the futuristic love story that stars Nicholas Hoult as a character named Silas who lives in a near-utopian future society free of greed, poverty, violence, and emotion, called The Collective, whose inhabitants are a new breed of humans called Equals. The peaceful world is disrupted when a new sickness called SOS (or Switched On Syndrome), which activates in its victims everything they thought they had escaped (depression, sensitivity, fear & love), starts infecting the people. Once a person is overtaken with SOS they are sent away to The Den and never seen again. Naturally Silas becomes infected, is shunned, and then meets Nia (played by Kristen Stewart) a fellow Equal, who apparently possesses emotion, but seems to be able to suppress her feelings. They of course fall in love, feeling intimacy for the first time in their lives, but... #Danger

You can come up with your own guesses on what happens afterward. But, really, I feel like I've seen this story unfold on screen in a number of other films. I assumed this was based on another YA novel (it sounds similar to other recent YA novel adaptations), but it looks like it's actually an original script, written by Nathan Parker.

Drake Doremus ("Like Crazy") is directing.

Aurora Perrineau will play a character named Iris, who's described as a new mother whose baby is born crying, which is a sign the kid can feel those dreaded emotions that are anathema to the Equals.

Filming is set to start next month in Singapore and Japan. 

Relatively new to acting, Aurora's resume includes an appearance on the TV series "Pretty Little Liars," as well as a role in the 2013 indie horror movie "A House Is Not a Home."

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  • Beemooree | July 13, 2014 2:35 PMReply

    Jmac hush up! You are somehow connected to her

  • Carl | July 12, 2014 9:57 PMReply

    I knew some self righteous spokesperson from the "Blacker Than Thou" crew would show up in this post and bitch and moan about this biracial kid winning this part. Make up some manufactured outrage about something..ANYTHING.

    Damn colored folk are getting predictable. THE FUTURE will have biracial people in it, deal or die.

  • Just Wondering | July 12, 2014 9:44 PMReply


    In 2008, Grace Gibson, the bi-racial daughter of actress Lynn Whitfield, wrote an open letter to CNN's Anderson Cooper. In it, she explains to him that she is not black but bi-racial and to suggest otherwise would be an insult to her white father. She wrote this letter with the blessing of her proud mother who referred to her daughter as "blended" rather than black.

    Brooklyn Sudano, the bi-racial actress daughter of the late Donna Summer and former cast member of My Wife and Kids, has made it clear in more than one interview, that she views herself as bi-racial and not black.

    The truth is that black women are no more likely to teach racial pride to their bi-racial children than black men are and I have come across many whitewashed black women who view having lightskinned children with "good hair" as something to be extremely proud of.

  • guest | July 12, 2014 7:13 PMReply

    @THE FUTURE- I get the impression that some black women would not be upset if Aurora Perrineau's mother was black and father was white. I got the same impression when I read some of the complaints about Zendaya Coleman playing Aalilyah. If I'm right, these women really need to shut up.

  • just wondering | July 12, 2014 6:09 PMReply


    Do you feel the same way about the large number of black women in show business who mate with white men? Are they trying to have children who look nothing like their fathers? Or are black women somehow immune to the disease of self-hatred?

  • ShebaBaby | July 12, 2014 11:08 PM



  • The Future | July 12, 2014 9:10 PM

    @ Guest and Just Wondering: Generally speaking, women are the keeper's of culture within our families and society in general and a child's primary caregiver. This is not taking anything away from a father's influence or role in a child's life, which is very important. But I am certain if you reflect on your own life's you'll agree that your mother or grandmother played a very influential role in your upbringing.

    The best examples I can provide are the following: Both Halle Berry and Victoria Rowell had black children with white spouses and each woman is the product of an interracial relationship themselves. I recall reading interviews with each one about how they planned to raise their children to understand their identity in our crazy race-obsessed world. Without hesitation each has stated that they see themselves as black women and therefore view their child as being black. Rowell, specifically stated there would be no imitation of life-type confusion in her household.

    Generally speaking, when white women have children with black men they tend to be in denial about the child's blackness and take a "we are the world" POV, which doesn't serve the child. And black men don't really step in to help said child understand a larger societal context of race and racism. Additionally, black women have two "isms" facing them: sex and race. Black men have it hard, but they're still men. And many more black men work in Hollywood than women -- at all levels.

    I bet if you were to ask Harold Perrineau, or his daughter, how she views her identity she'd answer "biracial."

    And here's the thing, to white people black is black is black. And if an actor looks "ambiguous" then that means the writer/director is either trying to pass said actor off as white or not deal with an actor's true ethnic heritage. Which, is just as insulting as white people wearing blackface.

    And yes, I am a hypocrite and wouldn't have a problem if the girl's parentage were reversed, based on what I said about culture and who passes it down. And no I don't believe, among actresses, that women are trying to have children who look nothing like the fathers.

    We still live in a very traditional society in which women (regardless of race) want men to CHOOSE them (e.g. ask them out, court them, chase them, woo them, desire them, ask them for their hand in marriage etc.). And black women who date outside of the race do so because, often times, black men aren't CHOOSING them. So what's a sister to do?

    That's not the case for black men, or men in general.

    Finally, I will say this is not to say that there isn't self-hatred among black women, but I believe it manifests itself in other ways (e.g. weaves, skin bleaching). But black women are also not the most desired women in western cultural society (men of all races receive this message 24/7). And, unfortunately, too many black men, through their choice of a partner, mirror back to white society exactly what it already believes about black people in general: that we have no value and are not desirable, beautiful, or worthy of love and affection.

  • Truly Outrageous | July 12, 2014 5:22 PMReply

    Out of the hundreds of actresses cast for Shana, you mean to tell me not one brown skinned actress was talented enough? Not taking anything from her talent but that is a cop out.

  • Mary | July 12, 2014 1:08 PMReply

    I wonder if the person who wrote this article knows anything about Drake Doremus, I think not because even the plot seems familiar the style of this director is anything but YA adaptations besides as you said already is an original script . so please try to inform yourself Tambay A. Obenson more before giving biased opinions on subjects you obviously not know enough, I don´t think guy pierce would be in a cast of an YA movie

  • BrendaStar | July 12, 2014 12:20 PMReply

    I'm expecting something awesome and original from this director and this cast and the film's location of Japan and Singapore.

  • JMac | July 11, 2014 9:41 PMReply

    I was mad as heck when she was cast as Shana Elmsford. Surprised this blog is just now mentioning it. To me Shana had more of a Whitney Houston vibe and look to her. Who knows who's playing Raya (Mexican) or maybe they just cut her out completely. Even the Asian character is slightly white-washed. When did we become so afraid of skin color and ethnicity? The 80s were more progressive on this issue than we are now. So sad.

  • JMac | July 12, 2014 6:15 PM

    What Truly Outrageous said.

    Seriously, I'm sure she won her part and her being the daughter of an actor had no effect on anything because actor auditions are always fair, open, and honest and not based on 'who you know' or 'who knows you' and looks have absolutely nothing to do with being hired. :Sarcasm:

    Also sad that the director is Asian and didn't see a problem. But then if M. Night Shyamalan had no problems with the Last Airbender casting.... I know. It's all about the (white) money. Whatever. Fans will get over it and won't watch in the thousands. Back to regularly scheduled broadcasting...

  • Jonmchu army | July 12, 2014 3:32 PM

    You shouldn't be mad. She was one of hundreds of actresses who auditioned for the part and from what I read from the director, she WON the job. She had the best audition. Should she not get the job if she's the best, because of the color of her skin?

  • The Future | July 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    I believe it's now the unconscious goal of black male actors with white wives to completely eliminate readily identifiable black women from acting by having biracial children with the hope that they'll look nothing like their daddy's or daddy's mother.

    She's beautifully ambiguous and looks nothing like her dark-chocolate father. ... Interesting as well, as someone pointed out in another post on this site that black actors LOVE to mate with white women for whom most would never be allowed to have as a romantic lead on-screen.

  • Amy | July 11, 2014 8:20 PMReply

    It sounds more like 1984 to me than anything I've read in any YA novel. Also, it's actually starring Nicholas Holt, Kristen Stewart and Guy Pearce. Pretty impressive cast, if you ask me.

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