EXCLUSIVE: Aimee Carrero Talks ABC Family's 'Young & Hungry' and Growing Up in Miami!

Jared Kocka

If you're a fan of FX's The Americans, you may recognize Aimee Carrero as Lucia from season two, the smart yet impulsive Sandinista freedom fighter who was willing to go to any lengths to support her cause.

Now, the lovely Puerto Rican and Dominican actress is starring in ABC Family's new comedy Young & Hungry as Sofia Rodriguez, the best friend of protagonist Gabi (played by Emily Osment).

Young & Hungry follows Gabi, a feisty, young food blogger hoping to land a job as a personal chef for a wealthy, young tech entrepreneur named Josh. With the help of her best friend Sofia and Josh’s housekeeper, Yolanda, Gabi turns a difficult situation into an opportunity for employment and maybe even love.

We got a chance to speak with Carerro about her Young & Hungry character, growing up in Miami, Latinos in Hollywood she'd love to work with, and more.

Read it all in our exclusive interview below:

Tell us about your character Sofia in Young & Hungry.

Well, the show is about this girl who starts to work… has the opportunity to work for a very rich kind of tech guy as her personal chef and she sort of lively and whimsical, and I play her roommate. Sofia is very type A and goal-oriented and sort of, I like to say, the Ricky Ricardo to Gabi’s Lucy.

Have you found yourself being able to relate to Sofia in any way?

Well, Sofia is kind of the girl I want to be. She is very dedicated. I mean, I am too, but I think because it is a show we don’t see her ever binging out on the couch, eating like donuts…which is what I like to do all the time. I wish I had that amount of energy. And she sort of holds herself by the bootstrap, constantly, so I really admire that about her.

What do you think viewers will love most about Young & Hungry?

Well what I love about it is that it’s really the story of a girl who isn’t perfect, and her whole life doesn’t revolve around meeting a guy and being in love with him. I think these are stories that girls that are maybe a little younger than I need to hear. You know, these are the two characters, two main girls, Sofia and Gabi, are very career-oriented and have other things going on. Sure dating is a part of the story, like it is a part of life, but it’s not their whole life. I really like that they are two imperfect, yet empowered girls who have their own agency and they’re just kind of who they are and I really love that.  

Sounds awesome! So, you were born in the Dominican Republic, how old were you when you arrived to the U.S.?

Well my parents had lived in the states for 13 years before. My dad started a construction company and they moved out to Santo Domingo because I think they had this dream like living on an island and having that sort of lifestyle. I moved here when I was six ‘cause I think after being there for a few years, they were like we had the opportunity to go to school in the states and we feel like we want to give our kids a chance. So they moved to Miami and that’s where I was raised.

And what was it like growing up in Miami and being surrounded by tons of fellow Latinos?

Well it’s great and its funny because I’m Puerto Rican and Dominican, but I feel very Cuban because I grew up around all [of] them. In Miami, out of all the Latin people, I want to say that 60 percent of them are Cuban. So when I talk in Spanish, tengo como un acento cubana (I have like a Cuban accent). It’s very confused.  You know, some of it is Puerto Rican-Dominican and some of it is Cuban. And so it’s funny because people assume I’m Cuban when I speak to them in Spanish. But yeah, it’s wonderful and what is really great is that I never felt like a minority there. I never grew up with a chip on my shoulder. I never grew up thinking I couldn’t do the same thing anybody else did. So when I moved to L.A. and I would ask my agent, “Why can’t I go into this part?” They’re like, “Well they’re not really looking for an ethnic choice,” and I’m like shocked ‘cause when I look in the mirror I don’t see color. I see a girl, an American who grew up in the states.

I never grew up ever feeling like I was different from anybody else because everybody looked like me. I think that gave me a confidence moving out in L.A. that maybe other minorities don’t come with. I never had that sort of insecurity I guess, until I moved here [Laughs]. They were like well we’re not looking for ethnic choices. I’m like, that’s weird. I don’t consider anything but who I am. It’s definitely interesting.

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