‘LL: Beyond Shades of Blue, you have some great credits on your resume; such as Oliver Stone’s Savages. In your 10+ years in the business, have you been noticing more opportunities lately for Latino actors?
Antonio: There is always a need for more opportunities. Right now when they need a minority, they tend to go to the African-American first. And then if they want to go in a different direction, they go to the Latino actor or another minority. Has it changed much? I don’t think so. It is a very slow process. 10 years ago, it was always Antonio Banderas or Salma Hayek. Now there are a few more, but the needle doesn’t move much. They select a few and then they tend to stick with them.
‘LL: Would you have any advice for young Latino actors hoping to catch a break?
Antonio: Keep trying. There are some great Latino actors out there, I know. I hope [the studios] broaden their search and keep hiring Latinos. Personally, I’ve been very lucky and cannot complain. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given. Shades, for instance, has a lot of diversity. If a role like [Miguel Zepeda] comes along and you can get it, be grateful and do the best work that you can.
‘LL: Now that your time on Shades has come to an end, what are you planning to do next?
Antonio: I’m about to go off to New York to work on an independent film that I hope people will support. I’m also trying to put a theater production together. It’s not an easy task, but I’ve got to get back on the stage and am really looking forward to it.
Do you like this article? Want to use it on your own blog or magazine? How about post a copy to your company Internet page? Just click on the “Get Permissions” link below, follow these instructions to order your copy and you can quickly and easily secure the permissions you need.