At this summer’s gathering of the Television Critics Association (TCA), Michael Schur responded to my question as to how two young Latina actresses – Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz – actually managed to get cast as series regulars on FOX TV’s new police precinct comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, scheduled to debut Tuesday, September 17 (8:30-9pm).
Schur shrugged and relied, “I can only speak to our process. We did it race‑blind. Our characters’ names for these two roles were very generic names in the script at first. They were like Meghan and Amy. I think we auditioned people from probably eight different ethnicities for a lot of the characters on the show and just cast who we wanted. And this is the cast we wanted.”
“It’s awesome,” responded Stephanie Beatriz, who portrays Detective Rosa Diaz, the relentlessly sarcastic precinct tough lady who also manages to exude a tantalizing sexuality. “It is incredible how this show was cast and yet, if you look around this panel, we pretty much reflect the United States. I don’t know why there are so few Latinos on primetime. Change happens in small steps. So it’s happening.”