EXCLUSIVE: Chrissie Fit Talks 'Teen Beach Movie,' Jenni Rivera, and Being a Latina in Hollywood

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Do you know Chrissie Fit? Well if you don't, you need to become acquainted this awesome actress right now!

The Cuban American beauty, who played Mercedes on General Hospital, is shifting gears and starring as Cheechee in Disney Channel's upcoming original movie, Teen Beach Movie.

Fit came by our offices to talk with us about Teen Beach Movie, being a Latina in Hollywood and working with Jenni Rivera.

Read on for our full interview with this rising starlet:

It's so great to meet you! Let's just jump right in. You started singing at five. How cute! What drew you to that?

My family is very creative. My grandfather played the guitar in Cuba. My sisters, my mom and two aunts would do harmonies so I would see them and think, “I want the attention.” I guess that’s where that came about, so they would just throw me in the parties and say “Dale, Chrissie, go!”

Also, my music teacher in elementary school, Ms. Hernandez, was incredible and so nurturing. I was singing in the chorus in first grade and they were singing “Fifty Nifty, United States,” and she pulled me up and told me to get on the microphone. So from that moment on you couldn’t get me off of it.

How did you discover the world of acting? What made you want to stick with that?

It’s actually a funny story. I had a crush on this guy in the sixth grade and all the sixth graders were doing a show. It was actually a Spanish show, everything was in Spanish. I thought 'I need to get in that show because then he will see me on stage and he will fall in love with me.' So I told the teacher who was doing the play, 'Hey, I know I am a fifth grader, but I think I really want to do the show. Can I please?' She said: 'There are no parts for you.'

I came in the next day with an idea for a part and I don’t if she was impressed or felt sorry for me, but she put me in the show. At that point, I discovered this whole other way to express myself. I didn’t get the boy, but I got the acting, so I think that worked out better.

Ah, so it's safe to say you're fluent in Spanish?

Yeah. If I wanted to talk to my grandfather I needed to know Spanish, so that is why I still speak Spanish to this day.

In Teen Beach Movie, you played a girl named Cheechee. Tell us more about that character.

Cheechee is like the bad biker girl. She is always really tough. I’m like the smallest one with the biggest attitude, and the biggest hair. It was so much fun. She has so much style and so much sass. She is part of the “Rodents,” who are the biker crew in feud with the “Surfers.” It was probably one of my favorite characters to play. Ever.

Go to the next page to read more about what it was like to play Cheechee!

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Priscilla Rodriguez is Latina.com’s Senior Editor. She provides coverage on nearly every topic with a focus on celebrity entertainment. Before hitting the pavement at Latina, Priscilla worked for various outlets including Teen.com, InStyle and Us Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter @priscilrodrig.

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