Whether you identify with the term Latino, Latinx or Latine — the community, which makes up over 62.1 million people in the U.S., is not a monolith. And neither are the many entertainers in the industry that have paved the way for future generations of Latino artists, writers, musicians, directors and actors to thrive in Hollywood. America Ferrera, Bad Bunny, Eva Longoria, Colman Domingo and more celebrities have achieved great heights all while honoring their roots and uplifting their community.
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, here's what Latino and Afro-Latino trailblazers have said about Latinidad.
CHRIS PIZZELLO; PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN, GETTY IMAGES; DAN MACMEDAN
America Ferrera, born to Honduran parents, got her big break with the 2002 indie film "Real Women Have Curves." In 2006, Ferrera landed the unforgettable role of Betty Suarez in "Ugly Betty." Most recently, she starred in NBC's "Superstore" and served as executive producer for Netflix's "Gentefied."
Ferrera has used her Latina identity on and off screen as her "superpower," not an obstacle. "Because the truth is, I am what the world looks like
. You are what the world looks like," Ferrera said in a 2019 TED Talk. "Collectively, we are what the world actually looks like. And in order for our systems to reflect that, they don't have to create a new reality. They just have to stop resisting the one we already live in."
PHIL MCCARTEN, INVISION/AP
Post a Comment