We're positive Erica-Marie Sanchez is going to take the world by storm. Sanchez grew up in Atlanta and has been active in the threater community while in high school. She went to the University of Miami for a year but was cast in her first big role during her freshman year. This chica plays Veronica on CBS' The Inspectors. The show revolves around a teen that interns at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Sanchez plays his love interest and we spoke to her all about this big role and what we can expect to see on the rest of the show.
Talk to us about your character, Veronica, on The Inspectors.
The show is set in Washington D.C. and it follows the life of Preston Wainright played by Brett Green. He is a normal teen that goes to college except for the fact that he was paralyzed in a car accident about two years before the show takes place. It’s about him trying to lead a normal life as a teen, overcoming the obstacle of being in a wheelchair. He also works as an intern at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, where his mom, Amanda, solves a bunch of crimes. Every episode is based on a real-life case that the U.S.P.I.S., Preston is trying to be a normal kid while also following his dream of being an Inspector one day. I come in because I play, Veronica, the girl next door that is Preston’s best friend along with Noah, played by Harrison Knight. We are the three musketeers on our college campus and I also get to be Preston’s love interest. That is a fun story line that we get to work on. She really loves journalism and that is kind of her thing. Her passion is to find injustices on campus or in the area that she can spread the word about. even if it means that she has to share some personal things, which you will see in season two. She has put herself in the middle of all these situations that she tries to bring awareness and justice to. That was a mouthful! [Laughs].
How would you say that you relate to your character?
The first time that I got the character breakdown for Veronica when I auditioned for the show, I skimmed through it and I said “mom, this girl is me. This is going to be the best role ever because I just get to basically be myself.” Veronica is very smart and driven. She is sometimes the mom of the three musketeers because the boys always get into their antics. She has to be the voice of reason for them, which sounds a bit like me. In high school, I was very focused on my academics and I was also news anchor. Veronica loves to sing and I’ve been singing my whole life. One difference between the two of us is that I’d probably be a little more laid back for my own sake. I like to go on hikes, do yoga and things like that. Veronica is very ambitious which I am too but she’s a perfectionist. She doesn’t like to stop until she gets something done. She’s very type A [Laughs].
What’s it been like for you to have your first major role?
It’s been really incredible. I am so grateful for this show and the opportunity that it has given me. It’s my first big role that I’ve been able to work and it’s just a family show that is very wholesome and educational. I always learn something every time we work on a new episode so that’s great for me as well as the viewers. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of hours but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It just reassures that I’m doing what I want to do and what I need to be doing. The crew and the cast have become like a family to me. I think it’s a blessing because I’ve loved it. I’m looking forward to getting some more episodes done.
What’s it been like getting to work with the rest of the cast?
It’s been great! We just happen to get along really well. I work mostly with Brett and Harrison and it’s just amazing. There is never a dull moment with them. We all love music so we’re constantly playing music between set-ups, dancing, singing and doing free-style rap battles. It’s great because we are such close friends in real life so being able to work with people that you trust and that you are comfortable with as been amazing. They are great. I love them!
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