“Riverdale” star Camila Mendes didn’t need a casting executive to let her know her own ethnicity.
The 23-year-old actress, who stars as the new-in-town Veronica Lodge in the hit CW drama, suggested that despite her full-blooded Brazilian heritage, she was mostly discharged by casting directors for not looking the partial before snagging her dermatitis role.
“I’m flattering new to Hollywood, but I’m already starting to see the issues in how some projects are cast,” she told People Chica. “I mostly hear things like, ‘You don’t demeanour Latina enough,’ and that genius is so backwards. The fact is, we am Latina, so how are you going to tell me that we don’t demeanour Latina?”
Mendes explained that yet she was innate in the U.S., both of her relatives and extended family are from Brazil, and she speaks Portuguese at home.
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It’s that melding of cultures that give Mendes her own clarification of being an “American Latina” — regardless of what casting directors think.
“For me, being an ‘American Latina’ means identifying with and being shabby by both my American upbringing and my Latin birthright and we have so much appreciation for how those two cultures have combined who we am.”
She also remarkable that she’s beholden for her role on “Riverdale,” in which her Latina American impression strays from disastrous stereotypes, and hails from a wealthy, worldly family.
“It’s just so lovely to see a opposite story being told for Latin families. The Lodge family is a much-needed depart from the underprivileged, cheap Latino drug-dealers we’re used to seeing in entertainment,” she said. “It’s singular that you see Latin families being portrayed as intelligent, worldly and absolute entities.”
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Mendes isn’t alone in her battle against typecasting. Jessica Alba suggested in Feb that she was told early in her career that her obscure ethnicity would impede her ability to obstacle roles.
“They were like, ‘You’re not Latin adequate to play a Latina, and you’re not Caucasian adequate to play the heading lady, so you’re going to be the outlandish one.'” Recalled Alba, whose father is Mexican. “Then we was even some-more dynamic to turn a heading lady to show that: Girls can demeanour like me and we can be heading ladies.”
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