Rosie Perez has choice words for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In a revealing interview with Variety published Thursday, the “Do the Right Thing” star says she has not been invited to the Oscars since receiving a Best Supporting Actress nod in 1994 for her portrayal of a plane-crash survivor in “Fearless.”
“Not even to sit in the audience, not to present, nothing — and I’m a member,” Perez said.
“I love the Academy Awards. I cheer on my peers, but it hurts. It’s like when your home team doesn’t ask you to come back into the stadium after you got up to bat and hit the home run.”
In the article, which highlights the lack of Latino representation in Hollywood, the “Birds of Prey” actress, who is of Puerto Rican descent, discusses the prejudice against Latino talent.
“The biggest struggle has been navigating through other people’s shortcomings,” she added. “Other people’s bigotry, racism — and specifically the ones that don’t understand that they are bigots or racists.”
Perez also dished about her recent role in HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” and revealed she was pleasantly surprised when producers supplied her with makeup appropriate for her skin tone and wardrobe that complemented her figure.
“I’m a full-figured woman and proud of it. In the past, I would have to ask, ‘Why can’t I get different pants that are going to fit my big ------- ass?’”
Although she recognizes the progress, Perez demands that Latinos need to be more visible, both in front of and behind the camera.
“Yes, change is happening, but it’s too damn slow.”