5 Latinas Who Defy Gender Roles in Hollywood

The New York Film Academy recently put together an extremely interesting infographic titled “Gender Inequality in Film.” According to the infographic, only 30.8 percent of speaking characters in films are women and roughly a third of these are shown in sexually revealing attire or partially naked. Another interesting statistic the NYFA listed was the percentage of women employed behind the scenes. Only 9 percent of women held jobs as directors and a little over 40 percent held jobs as producers in 2012. Fortunately, there are women in Hollywood working hard to breach this gender bias. Here are five Latinas who are defying these numbers:

1. gender slide 01 Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

The 35-year-old actress revealed during an interview that she refuses to take on the role of the sexy bombshell. “I’m known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue,” she told Manhattan magazine, “and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn’t cardboard or objectified, and where there’s real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!”


2. gender slide 02 Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

The Fast & Furious star spoke strongly to us about her feelings surrounding gender inequality in Hollywood. “There is this sexualized strength, which isn’t real,” she said. “It’s a guy’s version of what a strong woman should be. It’s either this tomboy who acts like a dude, which I’ve played for a grand majority of my career, or she’s this completely dripping wet with sex creature, with is completely incredulous to profit.”

She continued, “If you look at the statistics, it’s sad the fact that 30 percent of women in the industry aren’t inclined to give a female perspective of the story. I think that’s sad. I think it’s pathetic. I look at the market and I’m like wow, that’s a lot of space, we need to get in there.”


3. gender slide 04 America Ferrera

America Ferrera

Last year, Ferrera played a tough L.A. cop in End of Watch. And for four years the Golden Globe award winner starred as Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty. Both roles were speaking characters and neither could be deemed as sexualized.


4. gender slide 05 Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

The former Desperate Housewives star has not only tackled working as a producer for Devious Maids, she’s also spoken on the importance of women taking on bigger roles in the industry in order to tell our stories.


5. gender slide 06 elizabeth

Elizabeth Avellan

Robert Rodriguez’s ex-wife has been involved with films since the early 90’s. She's produced over 15 films throughout her career, including Machete and Desperado.