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- “The Good Place” star Manny Jacinto, who plays Jason Mendoza, opened up on diversity in Hollywood as one of the few Filipino TV leads in the industry.
- Jacinto appeared alongside co-stars D’Arcy Carden, who plays Janet on the show, and Marc Evan Jackson, who plays Shawn, during a panel at Vulture Festival on Saturday.
- The Filipino-Canadian star told Insider that the entertainment industry is slowly improving, but more work needs to be done.
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“The Good Place” star Manny Jacinto, who plays Jason Mendoza, opened up on diversity in Hollywood as one of the few Filipino TV leads in the industry.
Jacinto appeared alongside co-stars D’Arcy Carden, who plays Janet on the show, and Marc Evan Jackson, who plays Shawn, during a panel at Vulture Festival on Saturday.
“It’s moving. It’s slowly but surely moving,” Jacinto told Insider.
The entertainment industry has faced criticism for lack of diversity in movies and television, prompting movements like #OscarsSoWhite in 2016. But minority representation in Hollywood has slowly started to improve, with highly acclaimed movies including “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther” in recent years.
Jacinto, who is Filipino-Canadian, is among the few Asian leads seen on TV, joining other actors like “How to Get Away with Murder” star Conrad Ricamora, who is Filipino-American, and “The 100” actor Bob Morley, who is Filipino-Australian.
“This is a great time to tell your story,” Jacinto said. “It’s a blessing to be a part of a show that has so many different faces.”
While Hollywood is making moves in the right direction, Jacinto said he believes it is the responsibility of aspiring writers, actors, and the audience to speak up for more representation.
“I’m just a small part of what’s going on,” Jacinto said. “It’s not just me that has the responsibility, it’s kind of all of us.”
NBC’s “The Good Place” is currently airing its fourth and final season, with a 90-minute finale airing on January 30. Following the episode, the cast will appear on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to discuss the show.
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