Eva Longoria On Hollywood’s Race Row

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Eva Longoria has revealed she was once told her skin was too light and she didn’t have the accent to play a Latino character. The ‘Telenova’ star is proud of her Latin American heritage and recalled her shock at being told she wasn’t right for the part of a Latino character because of her accent and the colour of her skin.

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Discussing diversity in Hollywood, she told the New York Times newspaper: “Some white male casting director was dictating what it meant to be Latino. He decided I needed an accent. He decided I should [have] darker coloured skin.

“The gatekeepers are not usually people of colour, so they don’t understand you should be looking for way more colours of the rainbow within that one ethnicity.”

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Meanwhile, the 40-year-old actress previously insisted acting is just “a means to an end” for her as she wants to use it for a “platform” for her charity work. She said: “I’ve always been business-minded. I worked in corporate America before becoming an actress and knew that acting wasn’t the end but a means to an end.

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“It gave me the platform and the exposure I needed to do my philanthropic work. It also gave me the financial security to focus on my other businesses, start new businesses, and even help other people start businesses.”

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