Wednesday, May 6, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Few roles for Hispanics in top Hollywood movies

By
From page A7 | August 06, 2014 |

A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.

The study of the top 100 grossing films in 2013, by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg school, found that the make-believe world of movies generally does not reflect what America looks like in real life.

About 74 percent of the actors in the study were white, compared with a U.S. population that’s 63 percent non-Hispanic white.

Hispanics, who are 17 percent of the nation but had 4.9 percent of film roles, were the most underrepresented group on screen. That’s despite the fact that Hispanics bought about 25 percent of all movie tickets and are more likely than any other group to go to the movies, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Black characters represented about 14 percent of those in the films, which is comparable to America’s 13 percent black population. However, 17 percent of the films examined in the study did not have a single black speaking role, and half the films had a smaller percentage than the population, which indicates that a few movies with predominantly black casts balanced out the many movies with few black actors.

2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as “Fruitvale Station,” ”Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” which made Steve McQueen the first black filmmaker to direct a best-picture winning film.

Hispanic stars such as the Dominican Zoe Saldana, the New York-born Puerto Rican Jennifer Lopez and the Spaniard Antonio Banderas appeared on the big screen.

Yet there has been no significant change since 2007 in the number of non-white actors in top films, said Stacy L. Smith, director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and author of the study being released Monday.

“The only obstacle here is imagination,” Smith said in an interview.

She said that the number of black directors remained low – 6 percent of all directors in the study – and they were much more likely to use diverse casts. Hispanic directors were not counted.

“What we’re seeing in the aggregate is very few folks not white and male being able to participate behind the camera,” Smith said. “So the (on-screen) landscape remains primarily white and male. When you do have diversity behind the camera, things start to shift.”

The study examined all 3,932 actors who spoke at least one word in the top 100 films of 2013. USC did similar counts in 2007-2010 and 2012.

Asians filled 4.4 percent of roles in 2013, compared with their 5.3 percent of the U.S. population. One percent of roles were played by “Middle Eastern” actors, less than 1 percent by Native Americans, and 1 percent by “other.”

Almost 38 percent of Latina actresses appeared partially or fully naked on screen, the study said. That compared with 32 percent of white females, 24 percent of black females and 18 percent of Asian actresses.

“Latinas have this stereotype that we’re sex symbols . . . that we walk sexy and (have) this flavor,” said Roselyn Sanchez, a Puerto Rican actress who has appeared in such films as “Act of Valor” and “Rush Hour 2.”

She had no explanation for why Hispanics have so few movie roles. “It’s not about talent,” she said.

About 17 percent of Hispanic males were shown in “tight, alluring, or revealing clothing,” the most of any group. Some 14 percent of Asian males, 13 percent of black actors and 8 percent of white actors were shown in similar attire.

Black males were more likely than those from any other group to be shown in a committed relationship, at 68 percent. Asian males were the least likely, at 29 percent.

Blanca Valdez, who runs a Hispanic casting agency in Los Angeles, said it’s difficult for Latinos to audition for roles unless the call specifically asks for “diversity” or “multiethnic.” That often keeps them out secondary roles such as the neighbor, the lawyer, or the bank teller.

She said some actors with Hispanic surnames who look white will only put their first name on their casting photographs, just to get a foot in the door.

But Valdez said things have been changing rapidly in commercials and television, with more calls than ever for Hispanic and “multiethnic” actors. She hopes that studios will “follow the money” since Latinos are such big movie fans.

“I hope this improvement continues,” Valdez said, “because there’s so much talent out there that doesn’t get seen.”

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Cinco de Mayo event brings communities together

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Name change for Fairfield Senior Center wins support

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1

    Solano looks to full compliance with smoke-free policy

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

     
    Western Railway Museum plans special events

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A2, 3 Comments | Gallery

     
    Kozak to take command of 349th AMW

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

     
    Solano events will mark National Day of Prayer

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Supervisors grant approval for internship program

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

     
    Solano marks Mental Health Month during May

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

     
     
    2 hurt in Fairfield freeway crash

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A6, 20 Comments

     
    Vacaville police announce training at outlet stores

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A6

    Doctor to discuss diabetes risks during free talk

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A6

     
    Frazier sets community coffee with new chief

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A6

     
    Caltrans announces work on Highway 160

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A6

     
    Caltrans outlines work on Highway 29

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A6

     
    Comedies, dramas, documentaries hit screens this weekend

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

    $702,594 in federal funds spending wins Fairfield OK

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A9

     
    Fairfield police log: May 4, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

    Fairfield police log: May 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    Suisun City police log: May 4, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

    Suisun City police log: May 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    Author, evangelist to address Writers Resource group

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A10

    CHP officer has close call with vehicle

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A10

     
    Suisun works to put crimp on homeless encampments

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A12

     
    .

    US / World

    Obama picks Dunford as new Joint Chiefs chair

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    Two decades after ‘Black Hawk Down,’ Kerry visits Somalia

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Doubts raised about Islamic State’s claim in Texas attack

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Van Gogh work fetches over $66 million at New York auction

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    Senate adopts GOP budget targeting ‘Obamacare’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    US reprimands agents after man forgotten in San Diego cell

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Huckabee, the other man from Hope, opens 2016 bid

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    60 bodies recovered in Nepal valley hit by quake, mudslide

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Girl shoots self with father’s gun

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    FAA gives OK for farmers to utilize drones

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Living

    Today in history: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: May 6, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Case of date rape from 30 years ago preys on husband’s mind

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

     
    Horoscope: May 6, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

    Weeknight vegetarian: Peel a plaintain, elevate a taco

    By The Washington Post | From Page: B7

     
    Feeling peckish for pesto? Don’t limit yourself to basil!

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

     
    .

    Entertainment

    Miley Cyrus on Bruce Jenner, pink armpits, her new charity

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Singer Chris Brown’s battery case in Las Vegas dropped

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Bono and U2 set as sole guests on Friday’s ‘Tonight Show’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Sports

    Vacaville grad Hekking signs with Chargers as free agent

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

     
    Prep badminton: Rodriguez gets MEL win over Armijo

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

    Prep boys volleyball: VCS falls to Golden Sierra in finale

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

     
     
    Armijo boys tennis team falls 5-4 in playoffs to defending champs

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Prep swimming: Rodriguez boys win MEL title

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Armijo opens playoffs with 6-0 win behind Nadia Martinez hat trick

    By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Ryan Vogelsong pitches surging Giants to 6-0 win over Padres

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Local Report: Rodriguez boys swim to MEL title

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

    Conley comes back, leads Grizzlies past Warriors 97-90

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Raiders cut ties with 8 players

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Athletics release outfielder Cody Ross after short stint

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    San Jose beats Houston 1-0 in Dominic Kinnear’s return

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    With Wall out, Hawks beat Wizards 106-90 to even series 1-1

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Suit filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing injury

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Manny Ramirez Jr vows to make own baseball name for himself

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Derby winner nears return to track for Preakness prep

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    NCAA’s new head of officials ready to make tough calls

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Sleepless nights for Woods over Vonn split, father’s death

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Former Raiders fullback Marv Hubbard dies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    49ers Bruce Miller charged with vandalism, not domestic case

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Chavez shines in A’s 2-1 victory over Twins

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Raiders to cut ties with James Jones, Miles Burris

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Business

    Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo, alleging fraud by employees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    William Fay Carbine Sr.

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

     
    Walter Jeter Jr.

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Lois G. Johnston (Lieb) (Bayard)

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6