The struggle of Mexican women to conquer spaces is not only reduced to the streets and the paralysis of the country for their fundamental right to be alive, but also on the big screen.
That’s how young actress Eiza González has become the first Mexican superhero in Hollywood, after joining the cast of Bloodshot, the recent film directed by David S. F. Wilson and based on the character of Valiant Comics.
Scripted by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, Bloodshot follows the story of a Marine who is killed in action and comes back to life after being given superpowers by an organization to use as a weapon.
Along with Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce, Eiza González plays KT, “a fallen Navy Seal who is given an implant that makes her impervious to gases,” according to HOLA!, and has given her the opportunity to break the stereotype that Latinas are often subject to in Hollywood.
“I feel completely proud, really for me it was very important and has been really important in my career to find people that go against the archetype of what is already predisposed for Latinas. I always feel that we have to be strong, or bad and we can never be profound. There are always things that don’t emphasize the beauty in our culture,” the actress said.
While there is a great repertoire of Latina superheroes in the comic book universe — Araña, The Question, Firebird, Wildcat II, and Miss America, to name a few — Gonzalez has given life to the first Mexican superhero and at a key moment for her country.
“I feel very proud of the fact that Latina women are raising their voice to say no more, we are not allowing these things, we put a limit and that is part of something very fruitful to the Latina woman…” she expressed. “I’m very proud of the Mexican women and will be supporting them from wherever I am.”
Born in Mexico in 1990, González studied acting at the M&M Studio and entered Televisa’s famous acting school, Centro de Educación Artística in Mexico City, where she was discovered for her first major role in the remake of Argentina’s famous children’s telenovela, Floricienta, where she portrayed Lola Valente.
After several years on the small screen, González joined the Nickelodeon team to star in the teen sitcom Sueña Conmigo, where she played the characters of Clara Molina and Roxy Pop.
But it was in 2013 that the actress began to make her way into English-language productions such as Adrian Cervantes’ All Hail the Squash Blossom Queen, and into series such as From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, in the role played by Salma Hayek in the original film.
After playing Madam M in The Fast and the Furious franchise spin-off film Hobbs & Shaw in 2019, it seems that the Mexican actress has finally broken through the glass ceiling and is starting to break new ground for Latinas of her generation in Hollywood.