“I was brought up the Mexican way, where actors are paid very little and every part you take is an act of faith. If people respect that, then great.”
2 of 9
“I tried to explain to them that in this country I’m considered Latina and, thus, I consider myself Latina as well. I grew up eating enchiladas. Even more, in my house the only American-style dish we ate was spaghetti with ground beef. I identify with Mexicans. It’s in my blood whether or not I speak Spanish.”
3 of 9
“I'm proud of my background, so I hope there will be more roles where Hispanics are being portrayed.”
4 of 9
"My mother gave me one piece of advice that stuck with me. She said don't forget where you came from."
5 of 9
"I remember when I was a lot younger my mom would tell me that the projects I would be working on at the time were a way of giving back to the Latino community."
6 of 9
“It’s a shame because I should know [Spanish] better than I do. I don’t know it very well because my dad’s side of the family, which is the Mexican side, they are in Texas and I’m always traveling and I’m working so it’s very hard for me to stay communicated … but I do wish I could buckle down and I want to actually learn it and be completely fluent, that’s probably on my bucket list.”
7 of 9
"I'm a full-blooded Mexican. My mother was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and my father–the son of Mexican immigrants–was born near Fresno, California."
8 of 9
“I grew up in Mexico, not the US, and the fact is that there just aren't any parts for Latin actresses. I have to persuade people that my accent won't be a problem, but an asset. Everyone's afraid of doing something a bit risky. Everyone wants a $200 million hit and anything they think might get in the way of that kind of success is considered a liability.”
9 of 9
“Latina culture means warm family gatherings, special stories and a bond that I love to experience I feel so much love and comfort when I’m with [the Latino] side of my family. It makes me proud of my culture and my ethnicity.”