I started acting at local musicals at the age of 5, so for as long as I can remember. There wasn’t really a moment that I could pinpoint. When I turned 10, I asked my mom if I could start doing TV acting and got an agent, from then on I began to audition and slowly build my experiences on commercials sets and tons of short films. I started slowly getting noticed by casting directors and I guess that’s when I started getting big hopes.
When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time watching reruns of older TV shows. I grew up with Jennifer Love Hewitt, she is my favorite actress! I watched literally every episode of Ghost Whisperer. More recently, I've been loving Sandra Bullock & Cynthia Erivo. I love Cynthia in Harriet. I’ve seen Cynthia in person twice. She’s such a strong person & lovely person. I couldn’t believe how different she was on and off screen, she really inspired me.
Who are some of your influences or role models from the industry?
I’m lucky that I live in LA cause I get to see many of them around. I attend a lot of SAG screenings and learn so much from those panel talks. It’s really influenced me, hearing from such successful people first hand of their process of creating and collaborating. I have a really long list but if I had to name a few, it would be Ava Duvernay, Cynthia Erivo, Sandra Bullock & Quentin Tarantino.
I hope that people can take away some basic ideas from the series, as women and girls have interesting narratives and audiences want to see them and that friendship wins the day. Our power comes from joining forces together not tearing each other down. The topics in the show aren’t new to kids but maybe it’s the first time they’ve seen a show write them in and that’s why it’s so important. Once you see it on the screen, you truly believe it. By talking about these things and bringing it into a TV conversation, it opens a path and that invites acceptance amongst others to have those discussions.
I don’t think TikTok dances could be a full time job. Growing up of course I went through different phases, I wanted to be a firefighter or a teacher. I was always selected by my teachers to help out other students in class. That always came naturally to be, so maybe a teacher?
How important is it seeing representation on screen growing up?
I can’t tell you how important it is that a Latina character & her family is represented in the series (The Baby-Sitters Club), because growing up, I never really saw anyone that looked like me that was on a popular TV show. It makes a very long impact on how valued you feel as a person. We did have Wizards of Waverly Place but again, that could only last for so long. In the past, there have been a few series that include Latinas, but it wasn’t really enough. I feel like it makes us feel invisible in the mainstream culture and makes us seem uninteresting which is totally not the case at all. People believe what they see on screen and so not seeing us there makes it hard to believe that we’re important.
On The Baby-Sitters Club, there are women of color that are writing and producing, which made a huge difference and I hope that more people will take notice that female centered stories are worth telling and audiences will tune in.
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