America Ferrera to the Huffington Post:
As a member of our society and as an audience member, I take it very personally when I see depictions of modern-day that make me feel invisible. As a woman, as a Latina, as all the different cross-sections of who I am as a person, I like to look at the art around me and see me my experience reflected in it a little bit.
And so as an audience member I’m sitting around sometimes wondering “what New York does that person live in?”, because the New York I live in does not just have a bunch of people who look exactly the same. So as an audience member I care about it and I take it personally.
As an actress, you know, I think its frustrating to see the limited amount of good rolls out there for women, the limited amount of meaty roles out there for people of color, and I believe that it’s even more frustrating to see how few people are in the positions of creating those roles. We need to see more diversity or rather anyone who’s not a white man’s behind the camera writing, creating, directing.
It’s important not [just] so that a latina actress has an opportunity in hollywood. It’s important because art is meant to be a reflection the world we live in, and sometimes when I look at at the entertainment, which I think should be art and can be art, there doesn’t have to be such a distinct line between entertainment and art as we’ve seen in so many beautiful films this year, I think that the job is to challenge us to pushes forward and sometimes when I look at what I watch what’s out there it feels like it’s kind it behind us in terms of the times and so I think it’s its crucial and pivotal and necessary that our industry catch up with the reality of the world that we live in. Which is that there are so many of us and there’s more that connects us than separates us but it’s important that we see the dimensions in our entertainment that exists in our world. I think it’s very important.