Being a Pacific Islander in the world of acting doesn’t come without obstacles. “Especially considering there are different looks in the Filipino community as well, with my look, I found myself to be under the category of ethnically ambiguous,” explained Filipino Canadian actor Xavier de Guzman.
He was allowed to audition for a lot of Hispanic roles. However, de Guzman would be turned down by those who wanted actual Hispanic actors. On the other hand, he finds it difficult going for roles seeking Asians, with very limited roles for Pacific Islanders. “In the past especially, I didn’t quite fit the look of the Asian that they’d want in the films,” he told AsAmNews. “I found myself being cup-holded […] I wasn’t quite Asian enough but I wasn’t quite Spanish enough.”