Hollywood has failed miserably to provide Latinx actors with starring roles in major movies, according to a new study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
To draw its conclusions, examined the 100 top grossing movies from 2007 to 2018 and found that only 3% of the films had Latinx actors in lead or co-lead roles. A mere 4.5% of all speaking characters were Latinx. More troubling, there was no meaningful change in representation over the 12-year time period that the study examined.
The paltry representation is also out of step with population statistics and is puzzling given that Latinx audiences see more movies than other ethnic groups. Hispanics comprise 20% of the moviegoing audience and 18% of the U.S. population. Moreover, 77% of U.S. states