New York native Daniella Alonso is starring in her first primetime network drama, My Generation, which premiered last night at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Latina.com caught up with the Puerto Rican and Peruvian starlet to chat about her latest role, being a Latina teen who doesn't conform to stereotypes, and how she’s going to celebrate her birthday. Feliz Cumpleaños Daniella!
What is you new show, My Generation all about?
It’s a documentary style show about a group of high school kids in the year 2000 who a filmmaker decides to follow through their senior year of high school. Ten years later that same filmmaker catches up with these kids, who are now adults, and she wants to see where they’re at in their lives.
Tell us about your character, Brenda.
Brenda Serrano was “The Brain” in high school. We have all the different archetypes: “The Jock,” “The Rich Kid,” “The Prom Queen.” She also has a high school sweetheart, Anders Holt. Everyone thinks they’re going to make it, they’re going to get married and they’re just going to live this amazing life together. Then in 2010, when you see Brenda she’s single and she’s working in DC for this congressman as his deputy chief of staff. She’s very confident and strong, but she doesn’t really have much of a love life. She goes back to Austin because her mom gets sick and she has to face the people and all the things she ran away from.
Can you relate to the show as a whole and to the idea that you never really leave high school?
Oh definitely! That really shapes who you are and who you become as a person, and of course family and friends and all that other stuff does too. At that point you’re almost an adult, so who you’ll become is not that much different. It’s not going to be that drastic of a change.
How does the show portray the life of a teenage Latina?
There’s no stereotypical portrayal. She’s very close to her family. She’s got a younger sister and family is very important to her. She’s really focused and driven. She wants to make something of her life. There’s no pressure other than the pressure that she puts on herself to just be successful and educated.
How does it feel to have your first starring role on a primetime network drama?
It’s amazing! It really is. I did two other shows, One Tree Hill and Friday Night Lights, but both those shows I came in on the second season. This show is like from the beginning—from the pilot on—and so it really does feel like my show. It doesn’t feel like I’m coming on to someone else’s show. It’s a pretty cool family to be apart of. Everyone’s really talented. I don’t know if it happens all the time, but we actually really like each other and we hang out. When we’re not shooting, we make plans with each other. So it’s great because it’s become another family.
Why should people watch My Generation?
I think people should check it out because it’s a well-written show and it’s different. The way we incorporate all the media, like our generation now, is really interesting. We shoot the show not just on video cameras, but we also shoot it with picture cameras and iPhones and home video cameras. All the people on the show either represent somebody that you as a viewer knew or who you were in high school. I think people can relate.
How do you plan on celebrating your upcoming birthday?
I think we’re having a party like for the show on my birthday so I think we’re going to celebrate it then. My mom, my sister and my cousins are all coming to town for my birthday. It’s actually going to be my Mom’s birthday, my birthday and my sister’s birthday. We’re going to do a triple birthday party also. It’s going to be awesome! It’s going to be a lot of fun.