Puerto Rican, Pierre T, Doug discussed on Latino USA
You were part of other theater companies. Can you take us back and describe those years hours at a time when being a woman of color in a latina breaking into theater. What was that like. You know. I was lucky i think it was fortunate that the puerto rican travelling theatre opens doors for me and that was my first professional job that i got my equity card from them. I was proud of that. I was is proud that i was going to be working on a stage where my parents would come and see it and understand what i was saying because my parents speak spanish and for me the fact the my first professional job was at the pierre t will forever be amazing because the first time i went to see a play as a young lady was at the pierre t t i got onto the yellow school bus and with my brown paper bag lunch and we sat there in that audience and i remember looking at the young latina onstage stage and i was mesmerized by her mesmerized i was like doug needs to be me and then years later that was my first professional job and and then after that i worked at la mama i you know i worked at the new rican poets cafe with new year. We can rule the sketch comedy troupe <hes> that was an amazing time. I'm in my life. It got me really really ready for like you know to work on t._v. Because you have to be fast you have to be quick you have to you know you have to know your you know what you're doing to. I do <hes> comedy period but it was difficult. Of course you know <hes> even even in the latino theater world. I think that there were moments where i i felt frustrated. Because i am an afro latino and the roles being offered to me were well. You could play the made we have a wonderful part in you know the enlarged gas production and you're the made so i would have to do plays where i would sit off in the side way from my you know entrance friends as the luxury isla while other lighter skinned actresses shined and had their moments and even even even doing latino theater because you're afro there was like <hes> i was. I was other in our communities still i would. I would would not be given the opportunity and then slowly when i was given the opportunity. It was like well. We're gonna give you this. You're going to share the role. You know. We're going to give you this but <hes> you know no. It was always there was it was a but there was always you know yeah. It was frustrating. It was really frustrating at times not all the time. Was it like that but there for many many many occasions where i felt that i was not given an opportunity because i was not fair skinned and unfortunately so you know our people have an idea sometimes going i get to the end you had a win over a mile or like that's such a big thing where <hes> i was always like well. What about me. He has an actress. I could do the part right <hes> so that was that was an interesting time but i those same people now. I think <hes> would probably want me to go to the theater and not play the mate. I'm not sure that what does it feel like to go from being an actor who sometimes was dismissed who had to to fight to feel visible to now being an actor. That's on a hit show critically acclaim but that you actually have the power within the team to have those conversations conversations with gingy the creator or with the writers and for them to listen to you. You're shaking amazing. It's it's a relief because azeem. Then you do feel like you're part of the creative process you know for years i came and i was given a script and i was told this which encourages going to say and this is what your courage which is an aware and i remember times going. Why would she wear this. You know <hes> because i'm latina stories about you know. Why am i looking like a prostitute if <music>..