What Hollywood Is Like if You’re Not a Straight White Man: Quotes

In Hollywood, exclusion goes far beyond #OscarsSoWhite. We spoke to 27 industry players about their experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted — and how they pushed forward. (Full story: http://nyti.ms/1XMH0lh)
  1. @mindy Kaling: "My role is not just artist. It’s also activist because of the way I look."
    (Photo: Brinson+Banks for The New York Times)
  2. Eva Longoria: "Networks say, 'We're on board with diversity,' and they’ll develop it, but they seldom program it."
    (Photo: Brinson+Banks for The New York Times)
  3. Wendell Pierce: The head of casting said, 'I couldn’t put you in a Shakespeare movie, because they didn’t have black people then.' He literally said that."
    (Photo: Brinson+Banks for The New York Times)
  4. America Ferrera: "From the get-go of my career I thought, There’s a certain box or a certain way that you’re seen, which I didn’t feel growing up."
    (Photo: Brinson+Banks for The New York Times)
  5. Priyanka Chopra: "This girl hugged me and started crying. She said, 'Thank you for making us relevant.'"
    (Photo: Alexi Hobbs for The New York Times)
  6. Effie Brown: The woman that trained me the most … said: 'They tell us there's room for only one of us. It's a lie, Effie. You’re going to get to the top and see that there’s room for all of us.'"
    (Photo: Brinson+Banks for The New York Times)
  7. Kimberly Peirce: "I thought the gayness was going to freak people out; it’s the femaleness that causes more problems in a straight, male world."
    (Photo: Brinson+Banks for The New York Times)
  8. Jimmy Smits: "I’ve been told that I wasn’t Latino enough, which was code for street enough."
    (Photo: Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times)
  9. Read the rest of the interviews on our site.