The 19-year-old actress, who was one of our "Screen Gems" honorees, spoke to us about what inspires her, what we can expect in the winter premiere of The Fosters, how the show has impacted her life, and much more.
Read it all in our exclusive interview below:
Latina's 30 Under 30 is about being an inspiration, how does it feel to be honored?
Absolutely amazing! I was beyond excited when I found out.
What inspires you and keeps you motivated?
My family who has sacrificed so much for me. They are my number one fans.
What can you tell us about the upcoming winter premiere of The Fosters?
Well, that there will definitely be a lot of drama dealing with modern day issues. It's an awesome show! It will make you laugh, cry and definitely keep you wanting more. It's so beautifully written.
In what ways has being on The Fosters impacted your life?
It has made me realize how amazingly blessed I am to be part of an awesome show that I feel is making history for dealing with modern day issues in such a "real" way.
If you weren't an actress, what do you think you would be doing?
Pursuing singing. I got into acting through singing and it's had to be put on hold for a bit because I'm so busy with The Fosters.
Who is currently your celebrity crush?
Male — Ryan Gosling
Female — Rihanna
What are your plans for the holidays?
Go home to Texas and spend time with my family and friends.
What is your favorite Latin tradition during this time?
Oh definitely making tamales with my grandma! Bean tamales are my favorite!
We're so excited to watch The Fosters Christmas special airing Monday, 12/8 at 8/7c!