As a child, I didn’t know what I didn’t have. I’m thankful for the challenges early on in my life because now I have a perspective on the world and kind of know what’s important.
My siblings are my best friends.
I think Hispanic women are beautiful with their curves. I’m not sure who feels that way in Hollywood. I was never told to lose 50 pounds. If they think that they just don’t bother with you. You just don’t get the role and you never know why. That’s still better than physically harming yourself and becoming unhealthy just to star in a movie.
I’m not going to miss wearing the braces very much.
I’m the first one in line to go watch ‘Spider-Man’, but there’s definitely something in me that makes me want to go to a movie and see something that makes me feel good about life.
Am I Latin? Am I American? What the hell am I? I love my culture and I’m very proud of my culture.
When you finish a series like ‘Ugly Betty,’ there are so many voices around you telling you what you should be doing next and what would be good for your future, sometimes you can’t hear yourself. I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning everyone else out. Now it’s just me; what pleases me creatively.
Nowadays I’d describe myself as earnest, terribly earnest. I’m the person who wants everybody in the room to feel important and happy.
The name America has definitely grown on me. I wish there was a big patriotic story behind it, but the truth is that my grandfather was a librarian who knew all sorts of random facts.
Finding the one is not just a feeling, it’s an educated guess. I feel like I chose someone to share my life with who is my friend.
What I would say is that vows and rings don’t change anything: the challenges are the same. Every day is just a conscious commitment to making the next day better.
I struggled with being a Latino growing up in Los Angeles. I felt very American. I still do. I went to 35 bar mitzvahs before I went to a single quinceanera. I could talk all day about my culture and what it means to me.
I miss Betty madly. I loved her. Whenever people talk about her, I get really nostalgic. There are parts of her still with me; I played her for four years and, of course, the lines get blurred.
The first time I landed in New York and got a cab to my hotel, I was completely struck by it: a feeling of life and chaos, 24 hours around the clock, just like in London. And whatever your problem is, it’s insignificant. You’re just a small part of something very big.
I was an open, smiley and gregarious child. I could make friends in 30 seconds wherever I went.
When my mother was born on 14 April, he named her after a Latin American holiday, the Day of Americas, that nobody knew about. My due date also happened to be 14 April.
It would be impossible to be a woman in Western culture and not have your own issues about your image and what you look like.
I just wanted to see every single musical I could. The very first one I saw was ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ the only one I could get tickets for, and then ‘Les Miserables’ and then ‘Chicago.’
I am trying to be guided by my passion.
I could have easily been too afraid to say ‘yes’ to Chicago, because it requires so much I haven’t done before. If I am a flop at singing and dancing, maybe my love for it will carry me through.
What’s so kind of beautiful about the whole thing was that everything that made me not right for all of those hundreds of commercial auditions that I went on and no one ever wanted me for is what made me perfectly right for ‘Real Women Have Curves’.
There’s not really a choice about, am I going to pursue a typical career? Because I’m not the typical standard, so that’s not even an option.
I realized how Latina I was, and then also, at the same time, how not Latina enough I was, because I’m born and raised in Los Angeles. I speak Spanish, but I don’t speak perfect Spanish, not like a native speaker.
I was just so lucky with ‘Real Women Have Curves.’ At that point, I would have done an insurance commercial. I would have done anything.
My parents were both Spanish-speakers and they used to speak to me and my siblings in Spanish and we’d answer them in English.
They say 15 million people are watching the show, but what does that mean, you know? It’s not until I’m accosted on the street that I understand!
I don’t think running for office is anything I’m prepared for or could even prepare myself for.
I work really long hours and work a lot and have done press tours and junkets, but there is nothing like a presidential campaign that I have experienced before… I think at one point we visited three different cities in one state in 12 hours. It’s exhausting.
I was young not too long ago, and I know the last thing you want is someone preaching to you.
If I learned anything from Betty coming into my life, it’s to just be open to all the things that come along.
I really hate the duties of being a celebrity, like getting dressed up for the red carpet.
I just want to be in my sweats, walk my dog, watch TV and eat pizza.
I’m okay if people don’t know who I am, but if you remember my character that would be great.
It’s so reassuring to have a woman heroine who triumphs with more than just what she has on the outside… who has more to offer the world than just a pretty picture.
To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world.
I think it’s hilarious when people call Jessica Alba or Eva Longoria curvy. Come on. They’re not curvy. They’re small. I’m curvy.
I was one of six kids in a single-parent household.
I remember being a kid, and if you had to pee, well, you had to hold it until the commercial break. Then you rushed, and hopefully, if you’re going to the kitchen for a snack, you’ll be back before so you don’t miss a line. If your sister sneezed or was talking over a line, there was no way of knowing what that line was or what the joke was.
I’ve never been speed dating! I sort of wish I had, just for the experience of it.
At different times in my life, I’ve made grand statements like, ‘I want these many kids, and I want them by this age.’ I think, with every year that goes by, I accept that I don’t know when it’s going to happen or how it’s going to happen. I’ll just take it one day at a time, and when I’m ready, I’ll be ready. It’ll reveal itself, I guess.
I feel like my convictions and my passions come from my very personal experience and the life that I’ve led. I feel the very naturally tendency to stand up for and use my voice for the things that I know about and the things that I feel passionate about.
I have a lot of trouble understanding how people see me as a celebrity. I work 14 hours a day, and then I just want to talk to my family, see the people I love, pet my dog, and go to bed. I’m not looking to be best friends with or emulate a celebrity.
You’ll never see me at the launch of the new PlayStation or some club. For me, the fun stuff is being able to get my mom tickets to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – she loves Mario Lopez.
I used to hate getting dressed, getting in front of the camera and walking down the red carpet. It bothered me because I felt like I couldn’t be what they wanted me to be. Now it’s still not my favorite thing, but I get through it a lot easier because I know that my work brings value to who I am.
What’s kind of wonderful about being the voice in an animated film is you’re a small part of an enormous production. And in a way, you get to remain a little bit objective.
I am incredibly, incredibly fortunate about the opportunities I’ve had. But at the same time, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to screw it up, too. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is ‘No…’ and not feel the need to do everything. It’s about doing what rings true to me.
Early in my career, I was really spoiled with a beautiful project. I got such a good start that I thought, ‘Why would I ever take a step back?’ Why would I take on something that wasn’t meaningful – to me, if nobody else – and powerful and groundbreaking?
There’s something pretty awesome about staying with a character and growing.