Pedro Pascal refuses to be stereotyped because of his Latin heritage, insisting he will not let Hollywood bosses "put him in a box".
The Narcos star's parents escaped Chile when he was a baby and he credits his upbringing for his success story, but explains navigating Hollywood has not always been easy because many movie and TV bosses already have a predisposed idea of how a Latin actor should be portrayed.
However, Pascal explains he is starting to see a change and he is grateful to be a part of it.
"I am a refugee, my parents fled Chile under Pinochet in 1976, when I was nine months old, and my parents were able to start from nothing and make lives for themselves in the United States," he said during an interview with journalist Jorge Ramos. "I didn't choose to come to the United States but being raised here has shaped exactly who I am today, and I can't imagine that being taken away from me."
"Being Latino and being an actor has been a unique struggle and opportunity," he added. "There is a stereotype of Latino representation in television and film that can be contradicted by the actual world of Latinos.
"When you don't fit into what may be a more stereotypical vision of somebody whose name is Pedro, it can be a little bit harder to navigate, but I think that it's changing. We're nowhere near the kind of diverse representation that I think reflects the actual world we live in, but it's nice to see moments of success."
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