Plastic Surgery Outrage! Rosie Perez Told to Go Under Knife to Look 'Whiter'
“The View” co-host Rosie Perez understands some of the pressures Latin women in the entertainment business have faced over the years, but she's not going succumb to them.
Speaking with HuffPost Live, the 50-year-old actress recalled a time when one of her former reps told her she should try to look more “white.”
Perez said, “I had this one representative, early on, told me 'like if you get just a little plastic surgery you could pass for white.'”
Her immediate reaction? “I said, 'Oh, you're fired.'”
Perez also talked about how her accent made her too “ethnic,” and when she balked, she was labeled “feisty.”
Rosie explained, “It's bad because it's a negative, negative, prejudiced statement against Latins: the feisty spitfire. And I would get it all the time. What's so crazy is that they were like, 'Why do you have to be so ethnic?' [And I'd say] 'What do you mean? Why do you have to be a human being? What are you talking about?'”
Perez found Hollywood success in films like Spike Lee's “Do the Right Thing” and “White Men Can't Jump.” She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1994 for her devastating turn in “Fearless.”