Gina Rodriquez calls out Hollywood for its lack of Latinx representation
Gina Rodriquez, our favorite TV virgin turned action movie star, director, and producer, used her platform on the SAG Awards red carpet to champion Latinx representation in Hollywood. Rodriquez’s message about Latinos in Hollywood serves as a reminder about intersectionality.
While talking to E! on the red carpet, conversation turned to Rodriquez’s upcoming projects. In reference to her upcoming film, Miss Bala, she said, “Yay! Sony for putting a Latino as a lead because barely [do] people do that.”
Not one to hold back, Rodriquez went on. “I mean; we do make 55 million plus [for] the country. You should throw us in a movie or two. It would make sense.”
Rodriquez went on to share some statistics about Latinx audiences. “We do buy one in every four tickets every single weekend, and make sure that your movies do well.”
Rodriquez’s message of representation is not new. She has been sharing her message about Latinx representation in Hollywood since winning the first Golden Globe for The CW in 2015, for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for Jane the Virgin. During her speech, she said her award represented “a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”
Her message continues to be as prevalent as ever, as there were no Latinx nominees for any of the male or female leading or supporting Actor categories at last night’s SAG Awards.
Rodriquez finished her interview by thanking Paramount and Sony for opening the doors for Latinxs in leading roles, calling it not only a service, but “integrity.”