The Jane the Virgin star opened up to the glossy about her upcoming films, supporting other Latina actresses, and more. Check it:
On filming Deepwater Horizon: “Peter Berg is a genius. Mark Wahlberg is a badass. John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson—I learned so much from these people, from this cast, from this family. A lot of movies were offered to me after the Golden Globes—Jane opened so many doors—and when the Deepwater Horizon script came across my iPad, I was like, this is the movie I’m going to fight for. This is the one I want to do.”
On Latinas in Hollywood: “We are definitely helping one another. One thing that I love about Jewish culture is that anthill effect. Every ant brings food to the anthill and everybody eats. Sadly our culture has been living the crab-in-the-barrel effect. We’re so afraid there isn’t enough room for all of us that we fight to get to the top. We don’t need to do that. There’s room for all of us. We’re stronger in numbers. As Latinos, we put Barack [Obama] in office. We could do the same in making sure that Donald Trump doesn’t get in office. We are that strong.”
On shaving her head for a role: “I think it all plays into the idea of being your own hero and not feeling like you have to live up to other people’s expectations. I am not my beauty. Who I am is not my f-cking hair, and to be an actor is to transform. To represent a community is to commit, to give my entire all. So if I’m going to represent Latinos in the industry and in art, if I’m going to represent my little cousins in Chicago, they’re going to know that I went full out. Who are we afraid of? What are we afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is we die. Anything else you can handle.”
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