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riginally from Phoenix. Germain Ar- royo decided to take the path pursued by many aspiring actors and moved to Los Angeles to chase their dreams. Finding success, Arroyo has been a part of many dif- ferent productions such as S.W.A.T, Ratched , and their upcoming film, Under the Stadium Lights. Seeing an increase of Latinx repre- sentation is critically important in media, but Germain is doing more than just creating Latinx representation, they are also represent- ing the LGBTQ+ community and non-binary individuals. HISPANIC Network Magazine was fortu- nate enough to interview Germain Arroyo about their career, their journey and their expe- riences as a non-binary actor in Hollywood.
HISPANIC Network Magazine (HNM):
What would it have meant to you as a child growing up to see more nonbinary charac- ters (and actors) in TV and film? Why is
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that representation important?
Germain Arroyo (GA):
Growing up as a child being able to see a Nonbinary char- acter/actor would have been mind-blowing. And mind blowing in the most positive way. Growing up in a Latino household, I watched a lot of telenovelas, Spanish comedy sketches etc. Watching TV was my moment with my mom - she was obsessed with Novellas and still is. But growing up, I never saw any- thing that has non binary characters or even gay characters. And if it did, that character was being mocked or made fun of. Being a child sitting there, watching and hearing your whole family laugh at a person because of who they are or the mannerisms they have - it was not only heartbreaking, it was horrible. Im always down for a good laugh, but when all you see is making fun of or mocking some- one, its no longer a joke, its now personal. To answer your question, to see someone who was non binary on my television as a child would have probably helped me feel less alone. Helped me feel understood and maybe seen by others. Maybe it would have helped me accept myself a little more as a child, or understand who I am or why I think like I do or why Im so lost in my own masculin- ity. Having genuine strong representation on television or any platform is very important, because you never know what young Latino child is sitting at home watching TV, just looking for someone who looks or reminds them of themselves.
Have you had the chance to play nonbinary characters or any other roles representative of the LGBTQIA+ commu- nity? Is it important that those members of the community be tapped more often to play those specific roles?
This is actually a great question! My next role that I am very lucky to be a part of is actually a film where I get to represent the LGBTQIA+ community. I am extremely excited about the project and also terrified at the same time. But only because I am very passionate about this role and I genuinely want to represent my community correctly and with the upmost respect. Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community to me is a huge honor and blessing, I love being gay and I love being non-binary, and being able to represent that community as an actor is my biggest goal. I think its very important that the members of our community get tapped more often to play those specific roles. It's important because you can potentially inspire someone in the world that sees themselves in you. And that inspiration continues when that person discovers that you are also gay, non- binary, transgender. That character that you played has now became a real human being to that person, they can now see someone who has reached success and is being accepted by others for being themselves. Thats why it is important for members of our community to represent specific roles. It's about inspiration, motivation and the possibility of seeing some- one who's REALLY like yourself.
Nonbinary characters are often portrayed in a way that is represented as white, hairless and androgynous. As someone who intersects as a member of
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