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I always promised myself if I ever got the chance to do a Flashdance (1983)-type of movie, I would do my own dancing. I can say with pride that every single dance move in Go for It! (2011) is my own dance move.


I felt completely at home in Mexico--speaking Spanish to my cousins, running around Acapulco and stuffing my face with mole and homemade tortillas. Mexico opened my heart.


In George Lopez (2002) I played Veronica. who's a bratty 18-year-old, and so I feel like it's much easier for me to play that because I feel like a late bloomer. It wasn't difficult or challenging at all because it's not like I haven't been a teenager.


Latinos are the fastest growing minority, and we're obviously not going anywhere. We're extremely loyal as a people, and I think Hollywood is starting to recognize that. It's very rare for a major studio to nationally distribute a film with Latino talent, not only in front of the camera, but also behind the camera.


To me, acting is like tennis. You're only as good as the person you're playing with, so if you're playing with Michael C. Hall, what do you have to worry about?


I'm dating a very high-maintenance career.


I have been a fan of Dexter (2006) since the pilot. Once I got the audition I just squealed, and you would have thought I just won 45 million dollars.


It's so exciting to headline a film. It's not every day you see a Latina carrying a full-length feature.


When I was a kid, it wasn't very often that I could go to the movies and see an entire movie carried on the shoulders of someone who looked like me.


Education equals choices. I have been blessed with the choice to be anything I ever wanted to be, and I truly owe my happiness to my family and education.


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