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Rosie Perez recalls the racism she’s faced in her career

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Rosie Perez has weathered decades in show business, including dealing with racism and typecasting, by being resilient and forging ahead.

“Life is tough, but I’m tougher,” the actress, who is of Puerto Rican descent, told exclusively Monday at the 2024 Chaplin Award Gala, which honored Jeff Bridges.

The two starred together in the 1993 movie “Fearless,” which garnered Perez an Oscar nomination.

The “White Men Can’t Jump” star said her role as Carla Rodrigo was a “game changer” for her career.

“People just saw me one way,” she explained to us. “I was getting offered the same kind of character over and over again, and I kept saying no. There was a rep at the time who would say, ‘Oh, this opportunity is going to pass by,’ and I would say, ‘Well, let it pass me by. I want something deeper.’”

Perez, 59, shared that “Fearless” producers initially told her they were not interested in her for the part, but that did not put her off.

“I said, ‘That’s OK. I’ll fight for it,’” she remembered, adding that she had at least “three or four auditions” before she finally got the job.

Unfortunately, even after rave reviews and an Oscar nomination, the “Do the Right Thing” star still struggled to land meaningful roles.

“There was one idiotic reporter who kept repeating over and over again, ‘Oh, you’re just a fluke,’ so people went back to offering me roles that I didn’t want,” she recalled.

When asked Perez whether she felt there was an “undercurrent” of racism involved, she laughed and responded, “Undercurrent? It was the wild rapids! There was no undercurrent.”

Other celebs at the splashy event included Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone and Kieran…

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