Working on the young adult love story Everything, Everything, director Stella Meghie would at times be struck with wonder by the coupling of her young actors, Amandla Stenberg , 18, who is biracial, and Nick Robinson, 22, who is white. Onscreen, the couple deal with Stenberg's character's immune deficiency, which has kept the teen sequestered at home her entire life. But in Everything in theaters Friday , the two don't deal with any issues arising from their differing races. They are simply a young couple in love. Everything, Everything is quietly breaking ground with the prominence of the coupling: It's a major studio film aimed at a teen audience, hitting 2, screens nationwide. But the film isn't alone in its depiction.
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By Rebecca Sun. The silent film era occasionally featured mixed-race relationships — sometimes to condemn them, as in D. The pic, produced in France, was denied a Production Code Administration certificate of approval and therefore could not be screened in most mainstream theaters in the U. It likely also helped that the biracial character was played by Helen Morgan, a white actress. The story directly dealt with passing — the title character is a light-skinned black woman who travels north and falls in love with a white doctor, who assumes she is white as well. Although black screen sirens like Horne and Dorothy Dandridge vied for the starring role, producer Darryl Zanuck opted for the white Jeanne Crain, who received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for the part. Even when the story did not depict an interracial relationship, the Hays Code was used to prevent two actors of different races from performing opposite each other in a romantic or marital context.
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Today, interracial romances are commonly depicted on the small and big screen, alike. But that wasn't always the case. As recently as the s, cinema featuring interracial love stories faced boycotts and banning in parts of the U. Despite such opposition, filmmakers persisted in developing storylines with interracial couples.