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" I'm not messing with skiing. You can't get this Puerto Rican on the slope. Uh-uh. "
" Being an actress wasn't realistic. I knew that I was going to have to do it in a way that would speak to my parents. So I went to NYU Tisch School of the Arts for theater, and I studied at the conservatory. "
" I think all Latino actors want to be storytellers first. I want to be an actor first, and then I want to be Latina. "
" Being half Jewish, we grew up with Christmas trees but had Jewish ornaments. "
" I will play the characters with last names like Sanchez and Gonzalez until the day I die, but I also want to play the 'Michelle Smiths.' "
" I've been very lucky; God has done amazing things for me. "
" 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. "
" 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 started salsa dancing with a few different companies and started touring the country. It was fantastic, but I realized that I really wanted to talk every time we were performing. That's a problem because when you're dancing, if you stop to talk, that's not really cool to the other dancers. "
" 'Filly Brown' gave me the wings to fly, but red carpets are still very uncomfortable. "
" 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 started performing very young as a salsa dancer, and every time I was on that stage dancing, all I knew was that I wanted to speak. I wanted the music to stop, and I wanted to speak. "
" Latinos don't go out and support their own films, but at the same time, it's not their responsibility. "
" 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. "
" With each dream accomplished, bigger ones are put in their place. "
" When I got out of college, I booked a movie called 'Go for It!' with Lionsgate, came out here, and I've been acting ever since - or trying, constantly trying. "
Go For It
" I think when you work really hard and you help others, God helps you get what you want. "
" I was a salsa dancer for the majority of my life, from, like, 7 to 17, and did the World Salsa Congresses. I realized that I wanted to continue obviously to be a performer. But in my household, being an actor and jumping into acting is not really accepted. "
" I felt very vulnerable after 'Sleeping with the Fishes'; I gained weight for the role. I felt a bit out of my skin in the movie, and it was hard to watch. "
" I dream big, baby. I want to do thrillers, I want to do smart David Lynch-type mysteries. "
" 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 don't want the Latino community to think I think the reason Latino films are not doing well is because of us. It is not fully our responsibility. "
" I started small with commercials and print. "
" What makes characters real are details, and if you're crafting a person from scratch, you're probably not going to pay as much attention to a question like, 'Does this person bite their nails?' "
" I grew up in Chicago, so hip-hop has always been a part of my life. "
" I grew up dancing salsa - you know, a traditional Puerto Rican dance. "
" I love relatable stories. "
" I went to college at NYU for acting, since acting was my dream from very young. I did a lot of hip-hop courses while I was there. I helped co-write a hip-hop production for the main stage of NYU, but I never touched rap. "
" I am not going to take a role because there's money. It might extend my checkbook, but not my integrity. "
" 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. "
" I can live in L.A. as a struggling artist. I cannot live in New York as a struggling artist. "