EXCLUSIVE: 'First Date' Broadway Star Krysta Rodriguez on Romance & Show Business

What’s next for you? Are you going to do more Broadway or hoping to go back to TV? I saw rumors of The Hit List from Smash happening?

The Hit List is happening as a concert. I don’t want to speak too boldly, but I don’t believe there are plans for it to be anything more than this concert. The fact that it’s even being a concert is a miracle and I think it’s really neat that the fans have responded in that way. I don’t see long term plans for it. But for me, I don’t really know, we just found out the show is closing January 5th so up until this point I didn’t know when I was available for another job. I love doing this show so much, so I wasn’t really looking to get out of it. But now I’m kind of available.

I love doing television. My dream ever since I was a kid was to be on a sitcom. A funny show on television would be a dream come true for me. What I loved about [Smash] was it was like a sitcom on Broadway. I would love to do that on television. I’m open to theater things. My philosophy is to be ready and try everything. And the first thing that shows up is what you’re supposed to be doing. So I’m excited, it’s going to be a surprise to me.

That’s exciting! We will keep an eye out. Do you have any advice for other Latinas looking to get into show business?

Yeah, it's a different time. It went from change your last name and get away from that as much as possible to mainstream and owning it and celebrating it and knowing that’s a part of you, maybe not all of you, but that’s who you are and where you came from. I think that, I’d say this to anybody, the minute you know who you are, everything will open up for you. It’s about not trying to fit into every mold. There are so many actors and so many roles. There are times I read a script and think somebody can do this better than me. And then there are times where I read it and I think nobody can do this better than me.

I need to get myself to those people casting this to get them to stop looking because I’m the answer. There are times that I feel that way. Because I’m not right for every role. It doesn’t mean I’m less of an actor, it means I know what I do best and I’m willing to show you. When it’s right, it’s right. When it’s not, it’s literally numbers, there is one role and there are thousands of people. When it’s not you, it’s not because you’re not talented, you know, or you weren’t fit for that, it’s because it wasn’t yours. There are times when it is yours. That’s when being Latina or a Soprano or any of those things comes into play, and when you know what you do best and you know how to highlight your best features and you know this is my identity and this is where I come from, people take notice. I would say invest in learning and knowning and giving your best.

Check out FIRST DATE on Broadway now through January 5th. >>

Share this 
About this author

Irina Gonzalez, Digital Audience Development Manager

Irina Gonzalez is the Digital Audience Development Manager for Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen, where she oversees social media, content partnerships, writes and edits, and more. An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York, MamasLatinas.com, FamilyCircle.com, TheFrisky.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on HealthyLatinFood.com.

Like this post? Contribute to the discussion!