November 1, 2016
Netflix has lengthened its list of Latino actors by signing up Colombia's Zulay Henao to star in "The True Memoirs of an International Assassin," a comedy that takes place in Venezuela about a would-be author who is mistaken for a hired gun and is rescued by an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA.
"The role isn't a stereotype," the actress, 37, told EFE in an interview about the powerful anti-drug agent she plays in the film. "These are opportunities for us, not just for Colombian actresses but for the Latino community."
Though she has made a career of playing characters that are highly representative of today's world, Henao said she feels very proud of her part as an "International Assassin" in a film that premieres Nov. 11 and in which her part was written specifically for a Latino woman.
"Our history in this country is gradually changing and opportunities like this provide a very good chance to start altering the story of Latinos in the United States," she said.
After a career of almost a decade, Henao knows what she's talking about. "In recent years things have gotten a little easier," she said about the opportunities increasingly available for minority actresses in Hollywood.
That's not only because of the pressure being put on the movie and television industries in the United States, but because there are an increasing number of immediate markets for audiovisual productions.
A perfect example, she said, is Netflix, the popular distributor of movies and television series on the Internet.
"Films and TV series can be seen instantly by millions of people, and the worldwide audience enjoys more diverse casts of characters," said Henao, who got the part when actress Genesis Rodriguez left the production after injuring herself during a rehearsal.
Her argument is supported by the growing number of actors and Latino productions in the Internet video catalog.
Examples range from Jackie Cruz and Dasha Polanco in "Orange Is The New Black" to Miguel Angel Silvestre and Alfonso Herrera in "Sense 8" to Netflix featuring the original "Club de Cuervos" series in Spanish.
The new Netflix movie is the first time that Henao, a native of the Colombian city of Medellin, has worked for a video service on the Internet.
Source: Fox News Latino