“They gave me roles of poor, ignorant and violent”: Tenoch Huerta spoke about discrimination in the cinema

Tenoch Huerta not only shines on the big screen in Namor’s role in the movie Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverbut also in literature with his recently launched book Orgullo Prieto.

In the text, the interpreter reflects on racism in Mexico that is internalized, and on his experience in the cinema as a Latino.

“Unlike the American, which segregates, our country is integrationist and that is where it hides because we are all the same in appearance and speech: we are all mestizos,” he revealed in an interview with El País.

The actor said that his first role in the seventh art was thanks to his compatriot, the renowned Gael García Bernal, in the film Déficit (2007), where he played a gardener.

“They always gave me poor, ignorant and violent roles,” he recalled about the more than 60 productions in which he has participated.

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Prieto Prieto

The actor referred to the nickname that people with brown skin are called in Mexico: “The first time I was aware that I was dark is when I arrived at the national cinema, that’s when I realized that we are not the same, come on, not even We eat the same thing.”

“I would arrive at the table where the actors, producers and directors were and there were no tortillas and there were no hot sauces, but you go to the staff table and there are a lot of tortillas and there are chilitos toreados. It seems like a ridiculous and silly thing,” she commented.

Tenoch Huerta in Black Panther 2
Tenoch Huerta in Black Panther 2

Huerta said that he tried to integrate: “I lost my linguistic identity: I stopped sounding how it sounded, how my childhood, my family, my street and my friends sounded. I started dressing like them, going to the same places as them,” she revealed.

“For many years I denied my identity, but it was very painful, very tired and I ended up isolated because I cannot belong to the elite, there is a last layer that I can no longer enter because I was not educated in their schools, I do not belong to their families. I don’t inhabit their spaces,” he said.

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