Gina Rodriguez has slammed the "sad reality" of under-representation of Latino men and women in Hollywood
The 'Jane The Virgin' star is devastated that so many people are "invisible in a world of loud voices" and has called for more inclusion
27 January 2018
She wrote: "To be seen and heard is a simple human need. To be invisible in a world of loud voices is heartbreaking and dehumanizing. The under-representation of Latinos in Hollywood both on and off screen is not just a feeling; it's a sad reality. Latinos are not only prominent and loyal in the consumer market but also make up one of the largest demographics at the box office every opening weekend. The fact that we are not seen on screen despite our vast contributions is devastating 0 although there has been progress since my childhood, thanks to creators like Silvio Horta, George Lopez, Gloria Calderon Kellett and the woman who changed my life, Jennie Urman Snyder. We still have a long journey ahead. This is not just my journey, this is the journey for every young Latino boy or girl who longs to see a version of his or herself on screen. I do see a change slowly happening and I work every day to be a part of that change."
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And the 33-year-old actress thinks it is important to "celebrate, employ and represent all Latinos" in the film industry and the wider world.
In an essay penned for Variety, she added: "It's important we celebrate, employ and represent all Latinos from European to Afro-Latinos, because it is our responsibility as an industry to give this entire generation positive representation so that no one feels invisible. It truly takes a village to make a change and I'm hopeful that more studios, networks and filmmakers will continue to help make the increased presence of Latinos on screen not just a hope but a reality."