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One Of These Latina Actresses Used White Face In An Audition Tape

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Not all that glitters is gold… and not all that is Hollywood is glam.

These Latino actors get raw about what it’s like to be cast in Tinseltown.

America Ferrera

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“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 blond, 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.”

Source: NY Times

Eva Longoria

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“I didn’t speak Spanish [growing up]. I’m ninth generation. I mean, I’m as American as Apple pie. I’m very proud of my heritage. But I remember moving to L.A. and auditioning and not being Latin enough for certain roles. Some white male casting director was dictating what it meant to be Latin. He decided I needed an accent. He decided I should [have] darker-colored skin. The gatekeepers are not usually people of color, so they don’t understand you should be looking for way more colors of the rainbow within that one ethnicity.

Source: NY Times

Jessy Terrero

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“It was frustrating for me at the time auditioning because I would go into a room and based on color sometimes they felt that I looked Black. To have somebody that didn’t know anything about my culture telling me what Latino was. I was like ‘alright, cool.’ ‘So how do we speak again? Ok. cool, I didn’t know. So I’m not dressed Latino? Ok, how should I dress again? Open my shirt again? What do you want me to do? Salsa while I speak?’ And they would be like ‘yeah! More like that! Maybe you gotta be bigger with your moves. More exaggerated.’ I was like ok, damn I didn’t know how to be Latino. Thank you for explaining that to me.”

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Christina Millian

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“My agent was saying ‘We’re having trouble.’ They look at her picture and we send her out for Latina role, but they’re looking more for fair skin or Mexican.’ I ended up booking more African-American roles. I still to this day have a lot of trouble booking Latina roles – just because I’m a brown Latina.”

Source: mun2

Lala Vazquez

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“A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Latina, which is fine. I don’t expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something I’m not.”

Source: Latina

John Leguizamo

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“I had to [do my own projects]. It was an antidote to the system, to the Hollywoudn’t-ness of it all because I didn’t want to be a murderer for the rest of my life. That’s not me, that’s not my people.”

Source: Huffington Post

Jennifer Lopez

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“Everybody knows I don’t get considered for every fantastic part that’s out there just because it’s like ‘Oh, that’s not the right type.’ It’s usually an angle actress or an English actress and those are some of the best parts out there, and sometimes I think, ‘I could’ve done that role.’”

Source: Huffington Post

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Demián Bichir

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“Throughout the years we have demonstrated how much talent we have to offer. I think there is a lack of stories that represent us.”

Source: Huffington Post

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Rita Moreno

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“I made movies for a long time when I was young and I always had to have an accent. But that wasn’t the worst problem. If I played a Latina, I always had to be too sexy and too easy. I hated that.”

Source: Huffington Post

Andy García

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“It was very difficult for [an] actor that comes from a specific cultural background and had certain surnames to, sometimes in the casting process, be able to cross over and say, ‘Just look at that person as an actor, don’t look at him as an actor of Mexican descent, just look at him for what he can bring to the story and how he can enhance your film by his participation and his talents as an actor or actress.”

Source: Huffington Post

Arturo Castro

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“You know, you spend a long time getting rid of your accent, but the first thing they ask you for usually, especially when I first started, was an accent.”

Source: Huffington Post

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There’s An Actual Episode Of ’Saved By The Bell’ Where Slater Finds Out He’s Mexican

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There’s An Actual Episode Of ’Saved By The Bell’ Where Slater Finds Out He’s Mexican

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If you’re one of the (very) few people who watched “Saved By The Bell: The College Years” – it was canceled after one season – you may remember an episode where curly-haired jock A.C. Slater gets in touch with his Latino roots. In the episode, titled “Slater’s War,” we learn that A.C. Slater is Mexican, and his real name is actually A.C. Sanchez. It’s true.

It all kicks off when Theresa, one of Slater’s classmates, speaks to him in Spanish.

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And she realizes Slater doesn’t understand a word.

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Damn, Slater, you didn’t understand “Do you speak Spanish?” What happened to all that broken Spanish you spoke in episode 10 of season 3, when you had to translate for Latino kitchen staff at the Malibu Sands hotel?

BTW, this all happens during a class where students are discussing bias in media. California University was keeping shit waaaaaaay realer than Bayside High.

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Mr. Tuttle had nothing on Professor Hopkins.

K, back to Theresa and Slater. After a little bit of flirting…

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They meet at the Eagle’s Nest, where Theresa asks Slater if he’s down to join the university’s Chicano student organization. Slater isn’t quite sure:

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It becomes clear it isn’t the first time Theresa has heard that response.

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“Knowing where you come from doesn’t make you less of an American.” ???

Then Theresa asks Slater a question that really gets the hamster in his head working:

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Then she basically hits him with “Tienes el nopal en la frente.”

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Slater realizes he has lots of questions that need to be answered. So when he tells Zack he’s going to a Chicano student meeting, things get awkward.

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Mic drop in 3… 2… 1…

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And of course, Zack responds in the most Zack Morris way possible:

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Apparently, Slater ends up reading “I Am Joaquin” way too many times because he becomes super defensive:

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If you’ve never heard of “I Am Joaquin,” maybe you should take a Chicano studies course, too. ?

During a meeting with Theresa and other students, Slater suggests a sit-in after learning that the school’s chancellor doesn’t want to create a Chicano studies department.

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Admit it, that’s the most Latinos you’ve ever seen in an episode of “Saved By The Bell.”

Also, shout out to the extra in the back killing it with that vintage Selena “Amor Prohibido” look.

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Get it!

Eventually, Zack get pissed when Slater chooses the Chicano student sit-in instead of a ski trip to Lake Tahoe.

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And he thinks Slater is doing it just for Theresa…

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But Slater reveals the real reason he’s interested in Chicano studies: his last name is actually Sanchez.

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And he tells Zack the reason his last name was changed to Slater.

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But Zack still doesn’t get it.

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We finally get to the sit-in, where Theresa, Slater and the rest of the students are told they’ll be arrested.

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When Leslie tries to give Theresa a few pointers on activism, Theresa makes it clear she knows what she’s doing.

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Bye. ???  BTW, did anyone think “Saved By The Bell” would be tackling Chicano identity and white privilege in the early ’90s?

And just when Zack arrives, thinking he’s going to save the day…

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After all, if they don’t listen to the tall blonde guy, who will they listen to?

A school administrator tells them the chancellor will meet with them to discuss a Chicano studies department.

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The celebration begins…

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Slater is now a proud Chicano…

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And Zack makes up with Slater.

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Nice, but shouldn’t everyone be calling him “Sanchez”?

BTW, if you’re wondering what happened to Araceli Valdez, the actor who played Theresa, she most recently played a TV reporter in the movie “Machete.”

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And Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater, remains a vampire who never ages.

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