Lee Daniels Says He Made ‘Star’ Lead Character White Because ‘the Country Needed to Heal’

“This white girl is so fabulous that black people will embrace her, and white people will embrace her,” co-creator says role played by Jude Demorest

“Star” co-creator Lee Daniels said he made the lead character of his new Fox drama a white girl because he instinctively felt that “the country needed to heal.”

During an appearance on the syndicated daytime talk show “The Real” on Tuesday, the producer said that he believes that the U.S. is in the midst of “a civil war.”

“I thought that it was important to address race relations in America,” Daniels said. “We are, truly I believe, in a civil war. And I think that when we understand that we’re all one that [we will] then understand America. And America is still to be understood by us.”

Set in the hip-hop haven of Atlanta, “Star” follows three young women (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical act and navigate the cutthroat business on their way to success. The cast also includes Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt.

“I think that this white girl is so fabulous that black people will embrace her, and white people will embrace her,” Daniels said of Demorest’s character.

In the interview, Daniels also said that the reason for his success is his refusal to acknowledge or “embrace” racism throughout his career.

“If I embraced it, it then it became real. And if it became real, then I would be an angry black man,” he said.