‘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.