Hollywood Remixed

Stephanie Beatriz – "Nine-Nine Characters but a Latina (Usually) Ain't One"

Episode Summary

In the first season finale of Hollywood Remixed, the Rebeccas turn the spotlight on the most disproportionately underrepresented onscreen demographic: Latinas. While they constitute about 20 percent of American women in real life, on television they represent 7 percent of women with dialogue (and just 2.8 percent of speaking characters overall). Film hasn't fared much better – two-thirds of the 1,200 highest-grossing movies from the past dozen years were entirely devoid of Latina characters. Fortunately, peak TV has yielded not just more Latinas on the small screen, but a more heterogenous array of them. In honor of our episode guest, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz, we run down the growing group of queer Latinas on television, and Beatriz discusses the responsibility she feels to represent the intersection of two communities.

Episode Notes

”Hollywood Remixed” is a topical, diversity-focused podcast from The Hollywood Reporter, hosted by Rebecca Sun and Rebecca Ford. Each episode will be dedicated to a single theme – a type of character or story that has been traditionally underrepresented or misrepresented in pop culture – and feature a special guest whose latest work exemplifies a new breakthrough in representation. We’ll revisit groundbreaking classics and introduce listeners to hidden gems, in order to better understand how film and television in the past has shaped progress in the present.

Hosted by: Rebecca Ford and Rebecca Sun
Produced by: Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham