“I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio,” the actress told CBS News’ Sunday Morning.
Explaining the remarks to CBS, Rampling continued, “I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration. I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses.”
When asked about her thoughts on the fact that no black actors have been nominated for the second year in a row, Rampling had told Europe 1, “Sometimes maybe black actors didn’t deserve to make the shortlist.”
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She continued, “Why classify people? These days everyone is more or less accepted.”
In her statement to CBS, Rampling added, “Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed. I am highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the Academy to diversify its membership.”
Rampling, who’s nominated for a best actress Oscar for her performance in 45 Years, was heavily criticized for her initial comments, and was chided on social media by celebrities like Piers Morgan and Chelsea Clinton.