Actress Chrissie Fit landed the role of a lifetime playing Flo in the smash hit Pitch Perfect 2 and the soon-to-be-released Pitch Perfect 3. But, she didn’t always have such a positive experience with casting directors. In a new interview with CBS 8, she recalls the exact moment she realized that her ethnicity would put up roadblocks in Hollywood.
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"I remember my first audition was for The Secret Garden, and I auditioned for Mary Lennox, which was like, the Caucasian, British actor,” the Cuban-American actress remembered. “And the director was looking at me, like, perplexed. Like, 'What the heck is this girl doing?' And he really politely said, 'That was great. Next season we're doing the King and I, and I think you're better suited for that. In that moment I realized, 'Holy crap. This is how it's going to be,"" she said. "I felt a sadness. 'That's not fair. It shouldn't be that way.'"
It was particularly disheartening for Fit who grew up in Miami, surrounded by other Latinos, and whose grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba with high ideals.
"I didn't realize how much my American Dream was influenced by him," the 33-year old entertainer recalled. "He loved America so much. He would literally steal my history textbooks just to look at the pictures, and he would always say, 'You can be or do anything here as long as you are determined, and you've worked hard for it,'" she said. "My grandfather's America was all that it was intended to be, land of the free, home of the brave, people are equal, and now it's very divided and hard work doesn't always get you to the finish line."
"How about we get on the other side, where they're making decisions, and that's how we can influence and change our story,” the determined actress asserts. . And not only make it a Latino film, just make it have Latinos in regular films that are mainstream, because we all have the same stories, no matter what our skin colors are."
We're behind you, girl!
Click here to read the full interview.