Gina Rodriguez Praises Mexican-American Director Robert Rodriguez for Hiring Latino Artists and 'Preparing' Them for Hollywood
"He is an advocate of hiring Latino artists both in front of and behind the cameras and by doing so Robert is preparing many Latinos for the Hollywood Industry," she wrote
After highlighting some of Robert’s impressive accomplishments on screen – including Spy Kids and From Dusk Till Dawn and owning his own network, El Rey – Rodriguez, 31, praised the director for paving the way for Latino artists and working to provide aspiring Latinos with opportunity within the film industry.
“He is an advocate of hiring Latino artists both in front of and behind the cameras and by doing so Robert is preparing many Latinos for the Hollywood Industry,” she wrote. “By hiring Latino directors and writers he is giving them opportunities to enter the industry as professionals with great work on their resume, prepared for success.”
Rodriguez asked her 737,000 followers to support the El Rey network so that “Robert may continue to hire and put Latinos on the map!”
“I am inspired and in awe of this amazing trailblazer!” she added.
Rodriguez started the “Movement Mondays” project in the wake of the #OscarSoWhite controversy. The Jane the Virgin actress decided to take matters into her own hands and urge Latinos to support each other in film in hopes of increasing diversity.
“If you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another,” she wrote in the first post. “The industry sees money, the excuse can’t just be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community.”
She echoed this sentiment in this week’s post, writing, “The chain effect can be great and not only do we create more positive and productive artists but ones that have the desire to open doors for others.”
“Strength in unity,” she concluded.