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" It's disgusting how much I laugh during the day. "
" Therapy is not a 'white thing.' It's a clinical thing. "
" Don Cornelius gave me an incredulous look regarding my accent. I lessened it; he gave a nod of approval. Instantly, I felt ashamed. I had made my first conscious effort not to sound ethnic. "
" I have this tough exterior, but inside, I'm very mushy and soft. "
" 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. "
" I was a ward of the state, initially, and then in the foster care system for quite some time, even though I did live part-time with my aunt in Brooklyn. "
" I don't watch TV series, but I watched 'Friday Night Lights' because I'm a sports head. "
" I get bored in Hollywood. "
" I knew I was going to be successful from day one. From day one. That's why it throws me whenever someone says it was such a fluke that I was successful. "
" 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. "
" As far as a Latin explosion, I'm sorry, I'm the only Latino who's going to say it, but there is no Latin explosion. I'm sorry. Four or five top box office people do not make it an explosion, and it's disgusting to me that people will perceive it that way. "
" I'm a lucky gal. "
" Face dance means you don't know what the hell the rest of your body was doing but your face is fierce. That's face dancing. "
" In movies, you shoot out of sequence, so the issue of reality is really taken out of it. "
" A lot of women feel ashamed to be weak. "
" 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 had a ball on 'Soul Train.' "
" I want to be in shape. "
" You know, you may not be born in Puerto Rico, but Puerto Rican is definitely born in you. "
" I like the cold weather better than the hot weather. "
" You can learn steps, but you cannot learn how to boogie. "
" 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. "
" My first TV experience, it was so bad. I just didn't feel a creative atmosphere. I felt like we were just pawns to deliver lines. Everyone was telling me that's just television. I said, 'OK, I'm going to stay far away from television! "
" 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. "
" I was very willing to take on controversial roles that people didn't really want to look at. "
" As an actor, you may do things that aren't politically correct. Unless you're an actor who only does things for political reasons. I believe if we don't do the good, bad, and the ugly, we're not going to progress. "
" At home, I'm the silliest cornball who talks way too much and wants to be quiet and left alone at the same time. "
" I used to get recognized quite often as being a 'Soul Train' dancer. Quite often, which was great at times but sometimes was not so great. Especially, back at college, it was not so great. It was pretty tough. "
" Certain people who care about me a lot have said 'You don't play the game, and if you don't play the game, you don't get picked for the team all the time. "
" Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, and I think that the issue of statehood or independence needs to be addressed and needs to be resolved. "
" You have to believe in yourself. You need to have the audacity to be great. "
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