Diane Guerrero of OITNB Discusses How Her Family Was Deported When She Was 14

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Diane Guerrero knows firsthand what it's like to be the child of a deportee.

The Colombian American actress, who is best known for her role as Maritza on Netflix's Orange is the New Black, says she was forced to deal with the world on her own at the age of 14, after her entire family was deported back to Colombia.

"It's something that happened where I just felt so alone and sort of abandoned," Guerrero tells Fusion's Alicia Menendez.

"Obviously you go through different stages of being angry. You know, being angry at your folks, being angry at yourself, being angry at America, at your country."

Guerrero revealed that this experience is something she draws from for her character. "I think about it all the time with a lot of stuff that I play," she said.

"You go through different things and then you learn to accept it. And I think those are all things that I look at when I'm playing something."

Watch Guerrero's entire interview with Fusion below:

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