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

12/06/2013 10:01 am ET | Updated Feb 05, 2014
  • Jimmy Nguyen Blogger -; Host, 'Speak Up With Jimmy'; diversity & innovation advocate; founder, DiverseStory Project; digital media & technology lawyer and advisor; speech expert

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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