Is Jude Demorest Black? - Race, Ethnicity, Bio

Jude Demorest's race and ethnicity are often questioned. Is Jude Demorest black? Yes, she's half black and half white.  In the video towards the bottom of this post, Star's creator, Lee Daniels, explains why he chose a white actress as the lead in the series.  Daniels says that the country needs to heal.  He believes that Jude is fabulous enough the blacks to embrace her.


Jude was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 11, 1992.  The 24-year-old is best known for her role as Candace in the television series Dallas.  She got her start in the 2009 film, History of Made Up Things.  In 2010, Jude played Andrea in the television series, Jonas.

Jude Demorest Race Ethnicity Black?
Jude Demorest Race Ethnicity Black?

In Lee's interview on The View he explains the differences between Star and Empire.  The director says that Empire is about a family in the music business after they've found success whereas Star is about a group's struggle to find success.

Empire's music is typically listed as one of the reasons for the show's success.  Although Lee is aware of this, he explains that he doesn't enjoy today's music.  He says music today is over produced and artists focus on their appearance more than the sound.

Lee explains that he wants to bring back some old school music with a contemporary flip on it.  Don't miss the first episode of Star tonight (Wednesday, December 14, 2016) at 9/8c on Fox!