Cleopatra Coleman


Cleopatra Coleman is a multiracial Australian actress born in Wentworth Falls, Sydney. Cleopatra now lives in Los Angeles. She is best known for her work in Step Up Revolution and The Last Man on Earth. She will now be seen in Showtime’s new show White Famous. Her father is Australian and has Scottish ancestry. Her mother is Jamaican. Coleman identifies her race as “both” rather than “either/or”. She states in a Bustle interview “I am not white, I am not black, I’m right in the middle, and so some people don’t understand that concept. And so you come to America, if you’re half black in America that means you’re black to most people, but that doesn’t really play anywhere else,” Coleman says. “I live in a place where it can be quite lonely, but it also is my own place and there’s a load of other biracial people out there that are just like me and that’s where we lie.” Coleman doesn’t chose roles as an actress by race or gender. She prefers roles that don’t define race or gender. “You can be sexy and funny, you can be feminine and strong,” she says. “It’s fluid, there are no rules, and that’s what I want to see more of and that’s what I try to embody in my life.”

Makensie Shay McDaniel

Project RACE Teens Co-President

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