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Jennifer Lopez Laments Lack Of Film Roles For Latinas

Hit songs, a best-selling memoir and over two-decades of performing hasn't made it easier for Jennifer Lopez to get cast in choice roles.

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, the world famous megastar expressed regret for the way Latinas are often passed over in Hollywood.

"Everybody knows I don't get considered for every fantastic part that's out there just because it's like 'Oh, that's not the right type'," the actress told host Ricky Camilleri. "It's usually an anglo actress or an English actress and those are some of the best parts out there, and sometimes I think, 'I could've done that role'."

Despite being a household name across the globe, Lopez said she often has to take the route of lesser-known stars and audition for parts, a means of overcoming preconceived bias based on her look. She explained:

It's super competitive and it doesn't matter how long you've been in the business or how great you've proven to be -- it's just, does that director want you for that role at that time, can you go in and convince. I still have to go in if there's a script that comes along that one of my agents is like 'This is a great script, you know, they want Cate Blanchett, but maybe you can still go in.' [I'm] like 'Just get me in the room! Give me a shot!'

Lopez's new film "The Boy Next Door," hits theaters on Friday, January 23rd.

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