Edward James Olmos Vs. Jennifer Lopez: 'Not Latina Enough,' Says Actor Who Played Her Dad In 'Selena’ Movie

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Edward James Olmos, the actor who played Jennifer Lopez's father in the film "Selena" has criticized JLo for not being Latino enough. In a recent interview with Telemundo's "Suelta La Sopa," Olmos spoke about his pride at being Hispanic, but revealed he thought not all Latino celebrities shared his passion. "Being Latino -- I love it," Olmos, 67, said in Spanish. "I love being Latino. It's a love that i have that comes from a deep sense of pride."

Jennifer Lopez rose to fame after playing Selena in the eponymous 1997 film. Olmos played her father, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. "I told her, 'You have to understand that the future is in your hands, and I hope you use it not only to advance who you are, but also to promote what we represent as Latino women and men," Olmos said. "She has done a lot of things, but she has not dedicated herself to her culture, and that is the most important thing to me."

Edward James Olmos revealed that Jennifer Lopez achieved a "stardom that she would not have been able to reach without that film." Notwithstanding, the Latino actor feels that JLo has forgotten her Hispanic roots in favor of a more caucasian idea of celebrity. Olmos compares the "I Luh You Papi" to other Latino actors like Andy García who have similarly left their origins behind. they don't like the limitations of being a Latino; they only want to be artists...I am a Latino artist," Olmos said

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.