Alyssa Diaz knows drama. The 25-year-old actress has appeared in shows like CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, and the soap opera As The World Turns. She also starred opposite America Ferrera in How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer. Diaz’s latest role is that of a descendent of an ancient race in The Nine Lives of Chloe King, which premieres tomorrow on ABC Family. Based on a book trilogy by Celia Thomson, the one-hour drama is about a young woman who discovers she has special powers like super speed, enhanced hearing and the ability to scale walls with nails that extend like claws. In the show, Diaz plays Jasmine, who is determined to keep Chloe safe from harm after learning they share the same ancestry.
A California native, Diaz has a pretty cool mix of ancestry in real life. She's of Mexican-Irish and Colombian descent. “I love being mixed and embrace all of my heritage!” she said. “Growing up multi-ethnic I was able to get the best of both worlds!”
Alyssa told us what she loves about most about being Latina is “our passion, our flair, and our spirit!” She gets to show a lot of that spirit off in The Nine Lives of Chloe King. The show has a ton of action, which allows Diaz to shine—she studied martial arts for almost a decade! “I’m happy I have an outlet where I can finally show off all my training,” she said.
There’s a lot for the actress to be excited about, in addition to her role in The Nine Lives of Chloe King, her other upcoming television credits include Law & Order: Los Angeles (alongside Alfred Molina) and Westwood.
Diaz pointed to Puerto-Rican legend Rita Morena when we asked her who she looked up to, saying she's a powerhouse. But Alyssa says it's her mother who is her "true hero."