Latinx Characters Make Up Only 4.5 Percent of Speaking Roles in Top 1,200 Films, Study Finds

Posted by on November 01, 2019

Of the 100 top-grossing domestic features from each of the past 12 years, Latinx characters make up only 4.5 percent of all speaking roles, according to a new report on Latinx onscreen representation in feature films.

In association with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and Wise Entertainment, USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released the report, titled Latinos in Film: Erasure on Screen & Behind the Camera Across 1,200 Popular Movies, which looked at the 1,200 top titles at the box office from 2007 to 2018.

Only 3 percent of the films studied featured Latinx leads or co-leads. Seventeen, or 49 percent, of those leading or co-leading roles were women, but five of those 17 roles were played by a single actress: Cameron Diaz. Along with Diaz, the most frequently hired Latino actors were Jennifer Lopez, Eugenio Derbez and Jessica Alba.

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