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SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY: Actress/Singer America Olivo on Being Multi-Racial in Hollywood (VIDEO)

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Ever feel like you don't fit in? Actress and singer America Olivo (NBC's upcoming Chicago PD, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) certainly knows about that, being a multi-racial mix of Chilean, Basque, Spanish, Italian, Irish and Belgian. In this interview, she shares with me how being ethnically ambiguous has affected her entertainment career -- not looking Hispanic or white "enough" to fit into easy ethnic boxes for casting.

America also discusses her life journey evolving from not fitting in, to now feeling comfortable fitting in anywhere. Her advice to multi-racial people: Remember that you are not a percentage of any one race but 100% of everything.

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