Colombian and Native American actress Yvonne DeLaRosa is making a mark in Hollywood. The Los Angeles native has appeared on shows like NCIS, Weeds, and How I Met Your Mother and currently stars on the webseries Los Americans, which is up for an Annual Imagen Award.
We caught up with her to talk about her love of acting, favorite shows and her career role models.
How did you become interested in acting?
"In elementary school I was placed in the gifted and talented magnet program. They gave me the test and at first I thought I was in trouble, being the class clown. It turned out it was for a scholastic aptitude test. I went to this school and at the end of the year we performed scenes from all these musicals that our teacher taughts us. It was a life-changing experience."
How did the transition to screenwriting happen?
"Writing came out of necessity to create roles for myself and my friends. I always loved to write but it wasn’t until high school that I really started writing about my family. I was a historian amongst many things in high school and then when I went to college I started taking creative writing courses. I went into directing program at UCLA, because all my life I had been doing theater, and I really wanted to immerse myself in all alspects of filmmaking and theater, including the directing and writing side. I got a Bachelors (degree) in directing and a Masters (degree) in screenwriting. I realized that everything starts with writing, and not having our culture represented sufficiently or accurately I felt a necessity and a pull and desire to tell our stories correctly."
Talk to us about Los Americans.
"It’s a story about a modern affluent Mexican-American family, they are born here, but they are Mexican heritage, and it jsut deals with a lot of issues that come up with relation to ethnicity, race and culture. Plus, other issues that can happen in all families, like alcoholism, date rate (and) joblessness."
What are you working on now?
"Well, I am in development on a sitcom called Adam and Eva, that I wrote and that I will be starring in. It's a great crossover series. I can't tell you too much about it, but I'm excited about it. I'm also guest-starring on Longmire."
Who would you love to collaborate with?
"I'm really into anything on HBO - I'm a big vampire afficianado, so it would be fun to be on True Blood. My new favorite show is The Newsroom."
Are you a big fan of Aaron Sorkin?
"I am now! He shows what the power of writing can do. I'm also really excited about Devious Maids -- it's so exciting to see five Latina leads. It's incredible. We have arrived."
Who's career would you love to have or emulate?
"A director I worked with, Franc. Reyes, he asked me this question once. And I said, 'Well, I'd love to have Sonia Braga's career. She's successful and amazing, but you don't see her being hounded by the paparazzi. i want to make great movies and be respected for my craft, but still have a beautiful and lovely life.' And he goes, 'Have you ever been to Brazil?' She's followed everywhere there, apparently. I also worked with Lupe Ontiveros, who just passed, on Los Americans and I always looked up to her. She was a role model and a friend. She used to call me 'Little Sonia', because I loved Sonia Braga so much. If I do anythng, I would love to remembered as a great actress and someone who defied all odds, like Lupe did. She always pushed for roles, she never gave up."