Adepero Oduye talks role in 'Pariah'
It’s the scene they’ll be talking about: In “Pariah,” the teenage African-American heroine straps on a white dildo and asks her friend why she couldn’t have gotten her a color-coordinated black one instead.“It was more fascinating than anything,” star Adepero Oduye said of the sex toy. “I had never seen one before and if it weren’t for this movie, I most likely still would not have seen one.” Oduye is 33, but in the Focus Features pic she plays a 17-year-old coming to terms with her sexual identity. “I remember being on set and wearing the dildo and thinking, ‘I should feel embarrassed by this,’ but for some reason I wasn’t,” the thesp said at pic’s Thursday premiere at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. “If I were younger, I would have been totally mortified.” Beyond producing a moment of levity in the pic, writer-helmer Dee Rees said the use of a white contraption as opposed to a black one was a very strategic move. “You have seen the coming of age (story) from a white male perspective for so long, so I thought, ‘Of course, the first time a young black woman tries to actualize her sexuality, it’s through a white male perspective.’ “