EXCLUSIVE: Ziah Colon On Her ‘Footloose’ Role: "It Was A Little Intimidating"

Earlier this week, we introduced you to Ziah Colon, the Boricua who stars in the highly anticipated remake of Footloose. Directed by Craig Brewer, the film centers on Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald), a city kid who moves to a small Georgia town where dance and rock music are banned – and decides to shake things up with a dosage of teenage rebellion.

Introducing 'Footloose' Star Ziah Colon

In Footloose, the Atlanta-bred Colon stars as Rusty Rodriguez, which was played by Hollywood heavyweight Sarah Jessica Parker in the original film. The film hits theaters nationwide today and Latina got a chance to chat with Colon beforehand. Colon spoke to us about her preparation for Footloose, the funniest moment while filming, and her fave thing about being Latina.

What was the best part about filming the movie? I love the fact that I was cast out of Atlanta and we filmed all around Georgia. I never had to leave home.

Were you nervous at all about tackling such a beloved character?

I was so excited and had so much fun filming that I don't think I had time to be nervous.

Can you share a funny behind the scenes moment with us during the filming? The little girls who play Ren McCormack's cousins thought that Miles [Miles Teller] and I were really dating so they would constantly tease us. We thought it was so cute, we didn't have the heart to tell them that we weren't.

How did you prepare for the film’s dance scenes? There are some really great dance scenes; I only had one dance that I had to learn.  I worked with the choreographer and practiced every minute I could; I was surrounded by professional dancers. I'm not going to lie – it was a little intimidating and the last thing I wanted to do was mess up.

Who are some Latino recording artists on your playlist right now?

Juan Luis Guerra, Celia Cruz, Luis Fonsi, La 5a Estacion, Pitbull, and Maná.

What would be your dream role or is there a Latino actor/actress/director you’d love to work with?

I would love to work with Gael Garcia Bernal, Benicio del Toro, Penélope Cruz, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

What is your favorite thing about being Latina?

That would be a tossup between the food and the music. There is so much passion and flavor that go into our music and food that you can't help but be moved. Mofongo con carne frita with musica tropical in the background sounds like a good day to me!