Paula Garces Opens Up About Teen Pregnancy While on Food Stamps

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Devious Maids star Paula Garcés was a beautiful, glowing picture of motherhood at her bridal shower on Sunday! However, the actress was not always so prepared to become a mamá

At 17, Garcés became pregnant with her first child, Skye. Now, the 39-year-old actress reflects on how different things will be this time around. 

“I hid the pregnancy from my parents, my agents, my teachers -- everybody -- and I felt horrible,” she told the Huffington Post, “It was like everything I was not supposed to be, [everything] that was stereotypical about a Latina growing up in Spanish Harlem I was embodying and living. I felt like I disappointed everybody, but at the time I had a very deep connection with my baby and I knew that I wanted to keep my baby.”

Garcés, who’s known for her role as Flora Hernandez on the Lifetime drama, said many questioned her decision and called it a "mistake." However, positive reinforcement from friends in her neighborhood helped her raise her daughter and achieve her Hollywood dream, despite the fact that she was on food stamps and welfare.

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Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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