When Witherspoon asked her Big Little Lies co-star if she was starting to see a shift in scripts and roles she's offered, she said, "It’s a slow shift, but I think it’s happening. I just got offered a role that was written for a man. In the script, it’s still a man. I think it’s so cool that they didn’t feel the need to change it. They just said, 'It’s a man, but it’ll play the same.'" She added, "I as a black woman with braids and tattoos shouldn’t only be able to play a hippie; I should also be able to play a lawyer or a doctor or a comedian or whatever it is. Gay, straight, all the things. We should start opening our minds about what it looks like to be a person living in 2018."