Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The talented actress added that people are often surprised to learn about her Latin roots.
They always think I'm Irish or Italian," she says. Tell us about your character on "Hollywood Heights! She loves to sing and write songs, but she's scared to show her talent because of her fear of rejection. We know you're half-Colombian, but do you speak Spanish? Spanish was actually my first language, but only by a few words. I learned Spanish and English pretty much at the same time. My mother always spoke to me in Spanish and my dad always spoke to me in English, so I learned them both with no accent.
I think everyone who has parents or a parent [who] can speak another language, should teach it to their kids. It opens them up to a different culture and makes them a more well-rounded, open person, I think.
Especially Spanish, since there are over 50 million people [of] Hispanic origin living in the U. It's just so useful. What do you love most about being Latina?
I love so many things about being Latina. I love that I can speak Spanish. Its helped me learn other languages more easily which I think is really fun. My favorite Latin dish is Bistec Encebollado con aroz, yucca, arepa y tostones Back in Jersey, there's this town called Dover, that has a whole bunch of amazing Colombian restaurants. I still have to find a good one out here in LA It has some juicy secrets and twists and turns that keep you tuning in every night.
There are great original songs that Cody Longo and myself got to record, and so far people are loving it.
And then there's the inspirational side to it that motivates people to follow their dreams. I'm getting so many girls on twitter sending me their lyrics to songs that they've written, and telling me that my character and the show has inspired them to write songs and follow their dreams and I think that's an absolutely beautiful thing and makes me so happy If I get a chance to change someone's outlook on life and motivate someone in that way while doing something that I just think is really fun and that I enjoy doing, then what more could I ask for?