Uzo Aduba, Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Dascha Polanco discussed diversity on television on a panel at New York’s Advertising Week.
Aduba said: “Audiences are ready for the truth and whatever that truth might look like, physically, internally … It’s really exciting to see now that television is investing in the truth, authentic representation as an extension of that, and writers are actually excited by that. And I think what’s really wonderful is that audiences themselves are finding themselves excited by it.”
Polanco added: “I just want to be in a position where I am respected as a lead role, not the best friend, the sidekick, the girlfriend, the abusee. I just want to be an action hero, [sic] I want to be Mission Impossible! Jump out of a plane or something.”