Jacob Vargas Talks 'The Public' And Latino Stereotypes In Hollywood

Jacob Vargas attends the 'The Public' New York Premiere at New York Public Library - A Schwartzman Building on April 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

A few movies have attempted to address the current homeless problem in the country, but few are as inspiring and as entertaining as “The Public.”

VIX caught up with Latin actor Jacob Vargas, who plays Ernesto, the charismatic head security in the film.

Question: What's the message behind this project?

JV: " I hope with this films sheds light on the current issues that are happening in our society like homelessness, mental illness, militarization of police," Vargas added that the film" has heart and it puts faith on the people we see in the street humanizing them by making you think what's going on in their lives."

VIX: You have been acting since the 80's, what has changed for Latinos in Hollywood since then?

JV: "Not a lot to be honest" Vargas said, "we need to get more Latino writers and directors in the studios, we get a lot of the same stories and stereotypes, I hope with the success of these new shows and actors that are coming out it would change, but is changing very slowly in my opinion."

While you recognized the actor from various films, such as "Bobby," "The 33" and "What Would Trejo Do?," it was "Abie Quintanilla" one of his most memorable characters in the big screen.

JV: "Selena definitely put us on the map and it was such great film that's culturally relevant till this day and it made J.Lo a star " Vargas expressed that when he worked with Jennifer in previous movies he was saw a talented and driven actress who was going to get far in the business but he never thought "she was going to be as iconic as she is today."

VIX: What would you do if you were in the shoes of Ernesto?

JV:"I wouldn't know" Vargas said, concluding that at the end of the day he just wants to show "how regular people can be heroes by just making the right choices."

"The Public" opens in select theaters Friday, April 5.

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