This hurts us on so many levels.
As we previously reported, The New York Times interviewed 27 people in the entertainment industry who don’t identify as straight, white males on their experiences in their fields.
We thought we heard the worst horror story America Ferrera ever had to endure when she talked about being told to “sound more Latina” while speaking English during an audition as a 16-year-old…
But we were wrong.
That’s because she had an even more unsettling brush with racism when she had no choice but to literally whitewash herself to try to get a part, telling NYT:
“I was 18 and putting myself on tape for a movie I really wanted. I got that phone call: ‘They cast a Latino male in another role in the film; they’re not looking to cast [a Latina].’ So I defiantly bleached my hair blonde, painted my face white, and made the audition tape. I never heard back. I just remember feeling so powerless. What do you do when someone says, ‘Your color skin is not what we’re looking for?’ Let me tell you: Blond does not suit me. I try not to prove my point on audition tapes anymore.”
We can’t even imagine having to endure that.
Thankfully, America eventually found success with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ugly Betty, How to Train Your Dragon, and Superstore, but not everyone is as lucky.
Keep fighting the good fight, our fellow Latinos/Latinas!
[Image via America Ferrera/Instagram.]