#Interview With Diane Guerrero of ‘Orange Is The New Black'

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If you haven’t used a hashtag by now, you probably died five years ago and you’re a zombie aimlessly tapping away on a keyboard and ended up on this article. If you’re alive and hashtagging like the rest of the living, this interview is for you. It’s a new franchise called #Interview with up-and-coming Latin celebs. I’ll be trolling them (just a bit) and asking them about particular hashtags on their social pages. Our first victim subject is Diane Guerrero, who plays the adorable Maritza on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black (season 2 starts streaming on June 6). We talk with the #colombiana about #OITNB, #Juanes, her new CW show #JaneTheVirgin, and other hashtags. #MustRead #Kittens #Flaritza #JimmyFallonShowedUsTheWay #IAmNotAZombie

Tell me about #TotallyBuggingOut. It was attached to a picture of you and Juanes.

He is everything! Lets just start with that. I found out that he was doing the theme song for Jane the Virgin and Gina [Rodriguez] had e-mailed me, “Juanes is doing this, if we get picked up.” He had a song called “La Flor,” which is perfect with the theme of the show and you know how Latinos associate virginity with a flower and it being destroyed when it’s entered. So, when he came in, I just I lost it. And I was like, “Diane just get it together you’re fine, you’re good and then he was standing right next to me!” And all of a sudden I forgot how to speak Spanish, which was my first language, apparently it’s not anymore. I forgot how to speak Spanish and then all of a sudden Spanglish started coming and then that’s when I was like totally bugging out cause I was just bugging out. And he was so sweet to me and just so lovely and he was telling me congratulations and I was like, “Umm you’re kind of the biggest person that I’ve ever met.”

How about #NotAnotherBathroomSelfie?

It’s sometimes a little embarrassing to take selfies but sometimes I want to take a selfie because I’m like, “Oh I look cute. I like my hat. I like what I’m wearing and I want to show it off.” But at the same time I still feel guilty about being all self-involved so when I say #NotAnotherBathroomSelfie I just mean, “Oh God, here we go again. I don’t want to be just like everyone else and do the same thing but I’m sort of doing the same thing everybody else is doing.” There’s been another #NotAnotherBathroomSelfie with Dascha [Polanco]. I think we did it in one of her premieres for Gimme Shelter. We were there and again it was another bathroom situation and I do it in the bathroom so people don’t see that I’m taking a selfie. I don’t know why I’m so self-conscious about it.

#DontEverCallHimStupid. It was a pic of your boyfriend.

So that’s a reference to Forrest Gump. “Don’t you ever call him stupid.” We say that to each other all the time. So then when I took a picture of him, it just seemed appropriate, #DontEverCallHimStupid, because he’s my man I love him. Forrest Gump has been one of my favorite movies of all time. After school I would come home eat Cheez-Its with lemonade and watch that movie over and over and over again. It was everyday. And I think it was around this time where I was trying to figure things out and I didn’t have really a lot of friends so I would go home and watch Forrest Gump. So when I met him he just kept giving me all these Forrest Gump references and I was like, “Oh my God this is it!”

#TouristLife #LA. Was it your first time in Los Angeles?

It was my first time in L.A., and #TouristLife because I was being a total tourist. I was put up in the Sheraton Universal, which is right next to Universal Studios in L.A., and I was there all the time. I went to Universal Studios and I rode all the rides by myself, took pictures, I did that all by myself. When I go to places I love going to all those kind of amusement parks and kind of cheesy things to do. I’m totally doing it.

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for MyNuvoTV.com, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and BET.com's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked, SOHH.com, People.com, Essence.com, and many more. In his 13-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Editor he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow me on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JTrivinoAlarcon.

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