LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A new study has found that Latino actors are being ignored in Hollywood.
According to a study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, under-representation of the Latino community is still strong in movies.
The study examined the representation of Latinos both in front of and behind the camera in the 100 top-grossing movies of the last decade.
On-screen portrayals of stereotypes were also examined in the study.
From 2007 through 2018 just 4.5% of characters in films were Latino. Only 3% of those actors had a lead or co-leading role.
Behind the camera, just 4% of movies were made by Latino directors, with only one of those directors being female.
Out of the percentage of Latino actors, 25% were portrayed as criminals, 17% were depicted as poor or low-income roles, and 36% of characters and 60% of top-billed actors were kept from exploring their cultural heritage on-screen.