An “Orange is the New Black” star said this week she was once told she looked “too Latina” for a role as a Latina — when she is in fact Latina herself.
“We have to be ‘fake Latinas,'” Dascha Polanco, 34, told the website Vivala.
“And here’s the thing about ‘fake Latinas’ — when you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood, they’re super thin and you really can’t tell if she’s Latina or not.”
Polanco claimed she used to wish she had lighter eyes and hair so she could land roles — but eventually embraced her look with confidence, which helped her land the role of Dayanara Diaz on the popular Netflix series.
Jessica Alba was told she wasn’t white enough to be leading lady
The actress was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States as a child.
“Orange is the New Black” kicked off Season 5 on June 9.
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