Rome Flynn Reflects On Being The First With Becky G.

Being first at something can have many benefits as well as pressure. This is especially true for people of color, breaking down barriers in their respective industries. If you are the first black or black person to achieve a certain level in your field, hold a specific position, or receive an award, it can be accompanied by a lot of pride and joy. And not only for you, but also for the community. But the fact that so many new products are still happening proves that progress has been slow. In a recent clip of the Facebook Watch series Face to face with Becky G., actor and With love star Rome Flynn talks to Becky G. about how he became the first African-Hispanic to win a Daytime Emmy back in 2018, the implications of that, and how long we still have to go.

Before the Afro-Cuban star landed a role on Amazon’s 2021 series With Love.He was mostly known for his portrayal of Zend Forrester Dominguez in the CBS daytime drama. Bold and beautifulwhich earned him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series in 2018.

“This is crazy, we still have a lot of new products. It’s amazing to be a part of it. It’s humiliating, ”he said. “But it also just tells me that we still need a lot to at least ensure the equal representation of artists on these platforms so that they get the congratulations they deserve and the right confirmation they deserve.”

The fact that it took an African-Hispanic up to 2018 to win a daytime Emmy speaks volumes about the underperformance that still existed then and still exists today in television and cinema. This is not to say that Flynn or the community shouldn’t be proud to be the first to receive this award – well deserved! I personally believe that whenever a person of color achieves something so significant in their industry, it is worth celebrating. It’s just that sometimes it’s hard to believe that we’re still here with so many new products. How has this place still not been filled by 2018? Why was I so excited when I watched With love and saw Flynn actually playing an Afro-Cuban woman and was just as thrilled when he saw Julissa Calderon on the show playing an Afro-Dominican woman (as she is in real life)? Because we still don’t see enough African-Hispanics on the show, that’s why. This is happening and I’m glad to see it. But progress has been slow. In fact, the fact that Flynn played the Afro-Cuban was very important even to himself.

“Any line of work that I do in terms of acting, the first thing I look at is the integrity of the character, you know? Whatever responsibility I have in playing this character, ”he said. “Until recently, you know, I was doing a show called With love, and my character is Afro-Cuban there, as I am in real life. But it just showed me, you know, that we still have a long way to go. I feel like it is my responsibility to make sure that I correctly represent the people who are looking at me, and so when I do this work, is it like what I am doing it for? I want to do what matters, and if it doesn’t matter, I can’t do it. “

It just goes to show, as Flynn said, that we still have a long way to go when it comes to equal representation.

Watch the clip ahead and stay tuned for the new episode Face to face with Becky G. premieres Tuesday, January 11 at 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET on Facebook Watch.


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Rome Flynn ponders with Becky G. how to become the first African-Hispanic to win a Daytime Emmy.