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typecast

To typecast someone is to repeatedly identify or represent them as a stereotype. Directors and casting agents routinely typecast actors, choosing them for extremely similar roles over and over again.

Think of an actor who always plays a superhero and is never chosen to play a romantic lead or the main character in a historical drama. That actor is being typecast. Sometimes performers intentionally seek out unusual or challenging roles in order to avoid this kind of stereotyping: if the child star of several peppy sitcoms suddenly plays the villain in a gory horror movie, you can bet that she doesn't want to be typecast.

Definitions of typecast
  1. verb
    cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
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    type of:
    cast
    select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
  2. verb
    identify as belonging to a certain type
    synonyms: type
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    type of:
    identify
    consider to be equal or the same
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