Camila Mendes - Riverdale
The charismatic and sophisticated Veronica Lodge on Riverdale is portrayed by the incredible Camila Mendes. Mendes feels proud that Riverdale is opening up the diversity in the show, and feels honored to represent the Latinx community. She thinks it's important that her Latinx family in the show strays away from the typical Latinx family stereotypes.
Chandra Wilson - Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey is one of Grey's Anatomy's OG characters, who quite arguably is the backbone of the show. After all, she created and molded Meredith and Alex into the greatness they hold today. Wilson feels proud to be a part of a show that she describes as "authentically diverse," and that portrays storylines of the sad and happy realities of diversity in the modern world.
Grace Park - A Million Little Things
Grace Park is among the few Asians who holds a regular role in a hit TV show. Her character, Katherine Kim, plays into many stereotypes but breaks them as well. She's a powerful woman, mother, and wife, who is the breadwinner and realizes that she can't continually choose success, as her upbringing might suggest. Family is equally as important.
Priyanka Chopra - Quantico
Priyanka Chopra has a strong voice in the diversity conversation, saying that "Ambition has no color." Chopra is among a strong group of women representing the South Asian community, and even holds the title of the first Bollywood star obtaining a lead role in an American TV show. Quantico's casting of an Indian female lead is major progress.
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Sofia Vergara's portrayal of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family definitely doesn't stray from stereotypes but instead checks almost every one of them, from her exaggerated Spanish accent to her sassy attitude. Despite playing into the game, Vergara has found a way to become the highest-paid woman on television.
Zendaya Coleman - Euphoria
Zendaya's lead role as Rue in Euphoria is only among a few of her breakout roles on the big screen. She doesn't let her race hold her back or define what kind of roles she will audition for. She points out that she will absolutely audition for a role that's looking for a white girl, maybe she'll change their minds.