In December 2011, while anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises was steadily fomenting (eventually becoming a frenzied fever by July), I remember reading an article in a small English periodical online that unintentionally let the cat out of the bag by reporting on a young actress’, Leilah De Meza, decision to decline a role because she did not want to shave her head. The author’s interest in the story rather than the details of the movie revealed that De Meza would be playing a young Talia Al Ghul. By then, plot details for the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy were scarce, with WB even employing Marion Cotillard to outright lie about the character she was playing. Then, this article came around and re-ignited the speculation. While De Meza wouldn’t shave her head, Nolan got himself another child actress who was willing to make sacrifices for her career in Joey King.
Recently, Joey King appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where she touched upon her time on TDKR and the experience of shaving her head. She seems to consider the experience liberating, which is impressive for a kid her age. Wish I can say the same for socially-conscious De Meza.
You can watch a snippet of that interview below:
King seems like a very affable and charming little girl, though her role in the flick went largely unnoticed (considering the twist in events, at least it’s not reviled). In hindsight, I’m glad that De Meza turned down the role.
How do you feel about her acting in The Dark Knight Rises?
Source – NBC