Rachel Zegler on why she’s in ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’: ‘I needed a job’

Rachel Zegler on why she’s in ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’: ‘I needed a job’

Rachel Zegler is not a nepo baby. She was just a regular theater kid from New Jersey when she was cast as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. After she wrapped on WSS, she was looking for work and a way to support herself in Hollywood. So she did what thousands of young actresses do: went on auditions, tried to get any part she could to support herself. Thus, Zegler ended up getting a role in Shazam! Fury of the Gods alongside Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren. At this week’s Hollywood premiere, she was asked on the red carpet about her decision to join the DC universe, and Zegler literally said “I needed a job.”

When it comes to her decision to star in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Rachel Zegler has a very relatable reason.

“I needed a job,” the 21-year-old actress confessed to The Hollywood Reporter when asked about her decision to join the DC universe. “I’m being so serious.”

Zegler, who stars as Athena — one of three goddess daughters of the Titan Atlas in the movie — explained, “The reality was we were in the middle of the pandemic, and I was not working. I couldn’t get a job for the life of me because West Side Story hadn’t come out yet. It was really hard to book work for me, so I was really excited when this came in my inbox.”

Of her experience making the film, Zegler said, “I loved the first movie, and the fact that they even wanted me to come in for a callback and then a camera read and everything in between, I’m so lucky that I got this job. I made some of my best friends on this job. I just absolutely adore this movie too, so I’m excited.”

[From People]

Too many people were like “how dare she” or “her talent is beneath Shazam!” Like, she’s absolutely talented and she should get better roles and I wish those scripts were coming to her. But also, people have to work. There’s a reason why Helen Mirren is in this film too. There’s a reason why Robert Redford is part of the MCU! Actors like to work. Actors need to get paid. Especially someone young like Zegler – she had just come to Hollywood and wrapped on her first film, she was probably really worried that she wouldn’t be able to get anything until WSS came out. Don’t clutch your pearls over actors being happy to simply find (sub-par) work when there are so many recent stories about what happens when actors don’t even get a chance to work – look at Ke Huy Quan or Geoffrey Owens.

I’m including her red carpet interview below, plus pics of Lucy Liu and Helen Mirren.

— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 16, 2023

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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