MIAMI – Cuban-American actor Carlo Mendez, part of the cast of the Netflix series “Real Rob,” says that if there were more Hispanic screenwriters, there would be no more type-casting of Latino actors in Hollywood.
“The majority of producers and screenwriters are US Anglos and many have their idea of what Latinos are like. They tend to type-cast us,” the actor, born 40 years ago in Los Angeles, but who grew up on a typically Cuban home in Miami, told EFE.
But while stereotypes persist, he sees an improvement and notes that there are more and more Hispanic characters in the movies and on television.
Nonetheless, Mendez, who also plays Hispanic characters in the Amazon Prime series “The Bay,” winner of several Emmy Awards, and “The Rich & the Ruthless,” which airs on the Urban Movie Channel (UMC), added that “we still have a long way to go.”
“Why is there no Hispanic superhero or a Latino James Bond? That’s still lacking. I don’t understand why it’s taking so long, when right now being Latino is hot,” he said.
Mendez said the solution could be having more Latino screenwriters and producers creating projects with Hispanic stars in the leading roles.
In that way, he said, “we’ll be able to tell our stories. I believe they could interest everyone, not just Hispanics,” adding that he sees himself working as a producer in the future.
The actor is the younger brother of his “inspiration,” actress Eva Mendes (she ends her last name with an “s” to differentiate herself from another Eva Mendez).
“Really, I’ve learned a lot from her, about how to get going in movies, about the pressures of fame, and I take her advice.
His other inspiration was his older brother, who died of cancer in 2016, and for that reason Mendez supports all causes related to collecting funds for cancer research, to raising awareness and to helping those suffering from this illness.
Right now Carlo awaits the premiere of two films, “Mayday” and “ZombieCom,” in early 2018. And in his own way works to worthily represent Latinos in the United States.
“My mother and father taught me to be honest, to work hard, to be humble and not to tell lies. Those are values that have helped me in my career and that I want to pass along to others.