Rita Moreno said to TVMAS during the recent past NATPE 2019 in Miami, that Hispanics are missing an important share of representation in Hollywood and invited to fight for a greater presence of Hispanic talent.
The Puerto Rican actress and singer, honored with the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, and where TVMAS was present, told us that it is necessary for Latinos to be more represented in Hollywood and lamented that there is still much work to be done in the movie mecca. “The audiovisual industry has changed, but still, Hispanics are not represented properly and do not know how to get there,” she said hours before picking up the ‘Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards’ to her artistic career on television.
This award is presented in the context of the annual convention of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE, for its acronym in English), which was held from the 22 to 24 this month at the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and gathered approximately more than 3,000 audiovisual industry executives from around the world.
The veteran Puerto Rican actress won an Oscar in 1962, and stated that throughout her career, she defended the role of the Latino community in this industry. But she believes that “it is necessary for Hispanics to occupy more jobs in all areas, both in film and television,” stressed the grandmother of the Netflix comedy ‘One Day at a Time’.
She said “very proud, and here I am at 87, still working”, a few hours before the award ceremony began. Rita Moreno was very excited to participate in the next film of “West Side Story” that Steven Stielberg prepares. “He (Spielberg) called me and told me that he would love for me to participate and I will do it,” she commented on the film that will begin filming next summer and in which she will not only be an executive producer, she will also play the role of Valentina , the owner of the candy store in which the protagonist of the story works, played by Ansel Elgort.
During the award ceremony, besides her, other personalities were recognized with the award for their contribution to the television industry in the United States mainly. The president of NBC, Robert Greenblatt; the comedian Byron Allen; screenwriter and producer Mara Brock Akil, and actor and film director Henry Winkler received their tribute. The popular American actress and comedian Betty White, known for her role as Rose Nylund in the series “The Golden Girls”, was another of the honorees, although she could not attend the ceremony she made presence and moved the audience through the technology, in a live interview from Los Angeles / Amanda Ospina