Study: Hollywood underrepresenting Hispanics

Javier Bardem, a Spanish actor, is among the most underrepresented races in Hollywood, a recent study found. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Javier Bardem, a Spanish actor, is among the most underrepresented races in Hollywood, a recent study found. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new study shows that Hispanic actors are underrepresented in top Hollywood films.

Hispanics, while making up 17 percent of the U.S. population, had only 4.9 percent of film roles, according to the study by University of Southern California’s Annenberg school, which examined the top 100 grossing films in 2013.

Seventy-four percent of the actors were white, compared with a U.S. population that’s 63 percent white.

Black characters represented about 14 percent of speaking roles, which is comparable to America’s 13 percent black population. But 17 percent of the films examined in the study did not have a single black actor.

Asians filled 4 percent of roles, compared with their 5.3 percent of the U.S. population.

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