In my circle of friends, I've always been loud and funny and talkative. But as soon as I step out of that circle, I get very quiet and introspective. I don't want the spotlight on me.
The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem. It's their problem. If I see a door comin' my way, I'm knockin' it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window. I'll never let it stop me from what I wanna do.
You know, you may not be born in Puerto Rico, but Puerto Rican is definitely born in you.
You can learn steps, but you cannot learn how to boogie.
If we can't look at the good, bad and ugly of who we are, we are never going to progress as people - ever.
I don't call myself Latin, I call myself Puerto Rican.
I am a positive person. I never think of the glass as half empty. I just keep pushing forward.
We all like indie directors - heck, I even married one... but we're divorced now.
I'm a lucky gal.
I think I just have this need to be a storyteller. That's why I wasn't a great dancer - I couldn't articulate a story. I was a better choreographer. I have the need to to just express myself in that way. I can't explain it.
I didn't appreciate Brooklyn until I left it.
I did not try to conform to anybody's ideal of what a Latin celebrity or movie star should be. I took a lot of hits for it.
I started lying about my age when I was 18 to be older. When I turned 21, I started lying that I was 18. It's a weakness in me.
I have a great career, and no matter what I am doing, a big blockbuster movie... or my small documentary, David Letterman will call and say I would like you to sit on my couch.
I see explicit covers on magazines, and they're getting even more explicit, and it's like, Are women being empowered, or is this just what sells magazines? Are they feeling pressured, or have they really come into themselves and are saying, 'I am woman, hear me roar?'
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