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On being nervous about speaking Spanish in a film:
“[I was] definitely nervous. It’s hard to act in a third language. French is my second language. Spanish is my third. I found it intimidating because you want to get the right tone and you want to get the right accent. So yes, it was definitely intimidating for me. But at this point in my career I’m just welcoming challenges in my art.”
On being the “underachiever" in her family:
"I grew up with amazing women in my family. My mother is probably my biggest role model. She raised four children, one with special needs and had a full time job and always had dinner on the table at 6PM for my dad. And then I have three amazing sisters. I was the last one in my family to get a Masters degree. That goes to show you: I am the underachiever in my family."
On the border issue:
“Immigrants don’t want to live in the shadows. They want to be able to come here and work and go home. A lot of times they are not able to go home. Look at the situation that’s happening in Honduras and in Guatemala. People are escaping to save their lives. They are not really coming here for the 'American dream,' they are coming here so that they can live, so that they don’t die.”
On her work as an activist for the Latino community:
"There's not a single Latino platform. It is about the economy, education and health care. [To help ourselves you can] get educated, volunteer your time, donate food, be a mentor, fundraise.”
On her efforts to get more Latinos to vote and involved in politics as part of her organization, “The Latino Victory Project”:
“I think sometimes people believe that politics is just this removed thing that happens in Washington and it’s not. It happens everyday in communities all over the country. Being able to vote is your way of participation, especially as a woman or as a minority. There are way too many people who have fought before us to give us this right that we should respect the struggle that they went through and utilize that vote that fought so hard for.”
On life and getting older:
"I welcome age with open arms because I want to evolve as a human being, gain more wisdom. I have so much more to do! And the only way you do that is with age.”
On being a farmworker activist:
“I’ve been farmworker activist for about 20 years, long before I was famous. I’ve worked with Dolores Huerta. She’s one of my mentors, and I really got educated and literate on the issue. Unfortunately, a lot of the gains that Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerte made in the 60s has been dismanteled. We are kind of back to square one."