Constance Wu - Fresh Off the Boat
Constance Wu's portrayal of Jessica Huang, a stereotypical Asian-American tiger mom, on Fresh Off the Boat is nothing short of important. As Asian-Americans are represented slimly in entertainment, this show about an Asian-American family in a predominantly white neighborhood is a huge move for the Asian community.
Hannah Simone - New Girl
Hannah Simone as Cece on New Girl is another big win for South Asians in lead roles. Cece quickly became a regular as she made her way not only into Schmitt's heart but into the audience's as well. Her practices of traditional Indian celebrations allow the public to expose themselves to new cultures.
Melissa Fumero - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Melissa Fumero who plays Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine discusses how she was surprised by the show's choice to cast two Latina women. The show does an outstanding job of not backing Santiago's character into the same old stereotypes but instead allowing for her to flourish and grow.
Susan Kelechi Watson - This Is Us
Susan Kelechi Watson's lead role as Beth Pearson on This Is Us is an important character and adds to black representation on television. The writer's room of the show itself is diverse and is what ultimately adds to the diversity in the show. Beth's strong and witty personality makes her a unique character who is still able to celebrate her roots.
Zoë Kravitz - Big Little Lies
Zoë Kravitz may not necessarily be among the leads in Big Little Lies, but her character Bonnie certainly has a leading role in the storyline of the biggest little lie on the show. Kravitz's biracial identity has handed power to her, and she feels proud to be mixed. She commented on being shut down on many roles because of her color, and rejection has only furthered her strength.
Aubrey Plaza - Parks and Recreation
Aubrey Plaza, popularly known as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, specifically asked the producers if her character could be half Hispanic, contributing to biracial representation. Plaza feels proud of her half Puerto Rican roots and continues to play a huge role in the diversity movement in Hollywood.