Every morning, my dad would have me looking in the mirror and repeat, 'Today is going to be a great day; I can, and I will.'
I try to keep in mind that it's a long journey. It's not a race. It's about staying focused, continuing to do good work, make my family and community proud; that's all I really want to do... and pay my bills.
This industry is all about work, and just because Sundance exposed me to the world, it is my job to stay deserving in that world. The work never ends; the hustle just get harder, and you get stronger!
I like to peel it and share it with friends. You can spread the love with an orange.
Acting is how I'll be able to change how Latinos are viewed in media and change how little girls see and talk about themselves.
I grew up dancing salsa - you know, a traditional Puerto Rican dance.
I think when you work really hard and you help others, God helps you get what you want.
I do not devalue the role of a maid or nanny, or the stereotypical roles that some members of our family have actually done to feed our families in real life.
'Filly Brown' gave me the wings to fly, but red carpets are still very uncomfortable.
Being half Jewish, we grew up with Christmas trees but had Jewish ornaments.
Latinos don't go out and support their own films, but at the same time, it's not their responsibility.
What I will not do is continue to perpetuate stereotypes. I'm the daughter of a maid; why do I have to also play a maid? My mom was a maid so I didn't have to be a maid.
With each dream accomplished, bigger ones are put in their place.
I've learned a lot about what kind of actor I want or do not want to be while being on set. I sit back and observe how other actors treat the totem pole of set politics.
I've specifically decided to say no to projects that weren't advancing Latinos, that weren't showing us in a positive light, roles that were gratuitous and spreading untruths.
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