It’s no secret that Latinos are dramatically underrepresented in Hollywood movies. But did you know women are, in general, absurdly absent from leading roles in Hollywood? In a study of the top movies from 2007 through 2009, the USC Annenberg School of Communications found that just 32% of roles in movies go to female actresses.
Hey, Hollywood, we've got news for you: these 10 Latinas have starred in movies before, and they can do it again. Let's see these leading ladies on the screen more in 2014:
1. leading ladies salma hayek
Salma Hayek has had an illustrious career as an actress, producer, philanthropist and more. The Mexicana has long played the badass sidekick to her male lovers (Wild Wild West, Once Upon A Time In Mexico), but she really proved she could carry a movie when she starred in the critically acclaimed drama Frida. C’mon, Hollywood, it’s time to give this lady more leading roles!
2. leading ladies kate
Kate del Castillo
There’s a reason Kate del Castillo is one of Mexico’s most acclaimed actresses. The badass Latina has starred in movies such as Under the Same Moon, A Miracle in Spanish Harlem, and K-11... not to mention countless TV shows and telenovelas.