What have you learned about the American political system that you didn’t know before you started filming?
The filibustering that was featured in pilot I didn’t realize how extreme it was. Once I saw it in the pilot I was like, Wow, that’s even more ridiculous than I imagined it. After seeing what Wendy Davis went through in Texas and seeing it the comical way we did, it put it perspective for me.
Would you ever run for public office?
No way! Are you kidding? I would not run for office but I would be glad to support other women running for office.
We’ve noticed that you’re at New York City’s Victor’s Cuban Café a lot. What’s your special connection to it?
It’s such a relaxing environment. It is my favorite restaurant and Victor’s granddaughter, Monica Zaldivar, is one of my best friends. I’ve known since I was 12; we went to high school together. Also, I grew up spending summers in New York and I would stay with her. Some of the waiters there have known me since I was 14, 15 going to theatre camps. When I moved to New York I used to go eat there before I would go work my double shifts as a waitress at other places. They’ve seen me grow. Now going back there with an acting job and to know how genuinely happy they are for me is just amazing.
What would be the perfect playlist for your character Adriana?
Adriana is humming something from Carmen in an upcoming episode so I would have to say some opera. Of course, she’s from Miami so it would be wrong to not include Pitbull. And old school hip-hop, Celia Cruz, Fania, and Gloria Estefan.
You’re Cuban but you were born in Puerto Rico.
Yes, I was born in Puerto Rico and moved here when I was 3. I go to Puerto Rico for New Year’s Eve. I’m Cubarican! All my Cuban friends get mad at me when I say that. They tell me just to say that I’m Cuban. But I have a lot of pride for Puerto Rico.
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