In honor of National Immigrants Day, the Kennedy Political Union and American University Residence Hall Association held a discussion with actress Diane Guerrero on Oct. 28.
Moderated by Kelly Ma, RHA vice president of diversity and inclusion, Guerrero spoke about her experience as a first-generation Latina actress and how her experiences shaped her career, passion for immigration reform and self-confidence.
“I am who I am, and I can’t be anything else,” she said. “I think that who I am and my story really influences all of my work, but it’s changing.”
Guerrero, known for her roles as Maritza Ramos in “Orange is the New Black” and Lina in “Jane the Virgin,” expressed how important it was to her in the beginning of her career to be vocal about her identity, but no longer feels that it is necessary for it to be the forefront of her work.
“I think I’m just trying to live my life and not have that be the central focus, but just an influence,” she said. “I [want to] tell all kinds of stories, not just ones about family separation and immigration.”
Guerrero has spoken in support of immigration reform, having experienced the consequences of the system herself. When Guerrero was a child, she came home from school one day to find her house empty, her family having been deported to Colombia while she was gone.
She shared her family’s story of deportation in her books “In the Country We Love” and the youth adaptation “My Family Divided,” which influenced her work in advocacy and sharing her experiences. However, Guerrero said the immigration system left her continuously disappointed despite her efforts.
“All of this work is because I thought I could get closer to my family,” she said. “Time and time again, none of that worked.”
Different ways of storytelling, she said, is what’s coming next, and Guerrero plans to be behind the camera, not in front of it — she is already planning on making a documentary about her family in Colombia.
In particular, Guerrero spoke about how she wants to tell different stories going forward in her career, specifically about her family. Hollywood, too, has confined her to a certain type of story; Guerrero said she was typecasted often, playing characters whose main traits involved their status as an immigrant.
“I’ve had to break down a lot of those stereotypes for myself, to say, ‘I can do this role, and this role has nothing to do with my heritage or my ancestry or anything,’ she’s just a person,” she said. “I’ve had to break down a lot of that for myself because those walls are already there.”
Guerrero hopes that her work evolves from 2016 — when she published “In the Country We Love” — to be more honest and more unashamed. She is reaching a point of patience in her life when she no longer feels the need to compare herself to other people, resulting from a desire to be closer with her family in Colombia and years of therapy.
“It’s a process; therapy’s important, wellness is important, self-care is important, you just have to find what works for you, but it certainly needs to be your number one priority, or else everything else just sort of falls apart,” Guerrero said.
In an interview with The Eagle, Guerrero said that the most important thing she’s learned in therapy is “patience.”
“I think we get so caught up with having to catch up … catch up to whom? Everything needs to be at your own pace, at your own time, and know that the universe is working with you, not against you.”
With therapy, Guerrero has also learned important aspects of self-care that have helped her learn more about herself as a person. Instead of being so focused on her career and getting jobs, she said she has learned to appreciate spending time with family — after her dad’s death this year, she found herself regretting not taking the time to visit more.
During the conversation, Latine students in the audience expressed gratitude and support for Guerrero, thanking her for sharing her story on and off the screen.
“You remind me that what I’ve gone through is valid,” one student said. “We need people like you back home,” said another, whose family was also from Colombia.
Throughout the conversation, Guerrero touched on topics of home. While she still plans to work in the U.S., she’s looking at buying property in Colombia, where she’ll spend more time with her family and possibly start one of her own.
She also spoke about the advice she’d give her younger self: “I would tell myself that I didn’t have to be like anybody else,” she said. “What is going to set you apart is not being like anybody else.”
The advice she gave to people in similar situations as her: you belong everywhere, even when people tell you that you don’t.
“You are here to be your best self and to do your best, and that’s all that matters,” Guerrero said.
Source: The Eagle
This year vegan beauty brand Love Beauty and Planet partnered with the Orange is the New Black star, Diane Guerrero to celebrate the launch of their Plant-Based Body Wash Collection and how Latinas are making the world a ‘sensational space’ through small acts of love for the planet in their community and at home.
According to their site, since the Unilever brand launched in 2018, it has been dedicated to making our planet cleaner, greener, and more beautiful. It uses 100% recycled plastic to make our in-shower bottles to reduce waste and lower the impact on our environment.
HOLA! had a chance to ask Diane why she partnered with the brand to launch these body washes. The 36-year-old star said “This is a partnership based on values I share for people and the planet: products that are biodegradable, with proceeds that support communities in need. I couldn’t be happier to see organizations that hold these values in mind as they produce great products.”
Guerrero told HOLA! that she is growing a small garden because she believes sustainable food sources are the key to securing a sustainable future.
Throughout her childhood, Diane’s mom would use coffee grounds for a body scrub or squeezed Limones to treat dark underarms and elbows. Now in her 30’s, she has her own sustainable and natural beauty and health secrets. Here are three that she shared with us:
1. There is one for a mask that I use when I am breaking out – yogurt, honey, and oatmeal 🙂
2. I also make a cinnamon & honey tea and drink that 4 times a day for a week, then take a week off, and do it again for a week. That is for skin & reproductive health.
3. I also eat papaya & granadilla (which is hard to find in the states but I have found it at some farmers markets) which is great for digestion.
Love Beauty and Planet has also donated $50,000 to Mujeres De La Tierra – a Latina-owned organization selected by Diane herself, working towards making their local communities cleaner, greener, and more beautiful! The donation went towards their Vamos a la Playa program, designed to teach community members about public access to the beautiful Southern California coastline and allow them to learn about marine life and environmental responsibility.
Was it weird going from playing Crazy Jane in Doom Patrol to Isabela Madrigal in Encanto? What was the biggest challenge?
I don’t think it was hard for me because both characters were something that I really wanted to play. Because of my role on Doom Patrol, I’m going from character to character so I was ready to go and play Isabela. Especially because I have been preparing to play Isabela since I was a little girl. 🙂
Do you have any singing projects in the works? What are you currently working on?
I just recorded a scripted podcast called Adelita: Changing the Key, where I play a Tejano singer wanting to cross over musically. I got to sing different styles of music on that and it was very rewarding. And I’m doing a live performance of Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl in November, so I’m really looking forward to that.
Celebrate the holiday season with the Madrigal family as the storied Hollywood Bowl transforms into the magical Casita from “Encanto” in a show-stopping concert event, “Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl,” with a special introduction by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
From Disney Branded Television and produced by Fulwell 73 Productions (“Among the Stars,” Emmy Award®-winning “Adele: One Night Only,” “GRAMMYS®”), the all-new original special will be available to stream on Wednesday, December 28, only on Disney+.
Step into Casa Madrigal for an unprecedented concert spectacular as the original voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning “Encanto” reunites at the Hollywood Bowl.
Starring Stephanie Beatriz (as Mirabel), Adassa (as Dolores), Carolina Gaitán (as Pepa), Jessica Darrow (as Luisa), Diane Guerrero (as Isabela), Mauro Castillo (as Félix), Angie Cepeda (as Julieta) and Olga Merediz (as Abuela Alma) and special guests, including legendary Colombian superstars and multiple Latin GRAMMY Winners Carlos Vives and Andrés Cepeda, “Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl” turns the historic venue into the world of the animated film that became a global phenomenon.
The first look at Doom Patrol season 4 has been released! Check out the trailer below and don’t miss the new season on HBO Max starting December 8th!
Diane Guerrero is featured on the cover and inside the digital cover for Insider magazine. The interview with Diane is open and insightful; it’s a must-read!
The 37th Annual Imagen Awards were held tonight, and Encanto picked up a few awards! The film won the awards for “Best Feature Film,” “Best Director – Feature Film,” “Best Music Composition for Film or Television,” and “Best Music Supervision for Film or Television.”
The pre-recorded 37th Annual Imagen Awards will be broadcast on PBS SoCal on Saturday, October 29th, 2022, at 6 p.m. PDT, on KCET on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. PT, and available to stream nationally on pbs.org.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
Diane Guerrero is scheduled to be a presenter at the 2022 Variety Power of Women Awards! The event is being held on September 28th in Los Angeles, and there will be a live stream of the red carpet starting at 6:45 pm PT on Variety.com, or on Twitter and Youtube for Variety.
Great news! Doom Patrol season 4 will be premiere on HBO Max in December 2022! A new tweet from the official account posted about a new character joining the series, Casey Brinke, and dropped the release month as well.
We're so excited to welcome Space Case to our weird ass family! 🪐 Madeline Zima comes to life as Casey Brinke in #DoomPatrol Season 4, returning to @hbomax THIS December! pic.twitter.com/M480xU5U4T
— Doom Patrol (@DCDoomPatrol) September 23, 2022
At D23 Expo last weekend, the cast of the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ global hit, ENCANTO, announced a dazzling new concert event, ENCANTO AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL.
The Madrigals invite you to the magical Casita for two special evenings at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12. From Disney Concerts, AMP Worldwide, Fulwell 73 (“Adele: One Night Only,” “Among the Stars”) and Live Nation-Hewitt Silva, the spectacular concert production will reunite the all-star cast of performers including Stephanie Beatriz (Mirabel Madrigal), Carolina Gaitán (Pepa Madrigal), Olga Merediz (Abuela Alma Madrigal), Jessica Darrow (Luisa Madrigal), Diane Guerrero (Isabela Madrigal), Adassa (Dolores Madrigal), Angie Cepeda (Julieta Madrigal) and Mauro Castillo (Félix Madrigal), who will perform the songs from the Oscar®-winning film, including fan-favorite musical numbers such as “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure,” for an immersive concert experience with a live orchestra and 50-person ensemble. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 23. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Sept. 20 at 10:00 a.m. PT through Thursday, Sept. 22, at 10:00 p.m. PT.
Making this event even more immersive, this iconic venue will be transformed into the Madrigal’s Casita for a mystical night under the stars.
The concert will be directed by Chris Howe (Coldplay Live at Whitby Abbey, Bruno Mars 24k Magic Live at The Harlem Apollo) and Jamal Sims (original Encanto film choreographer), with production design by Misty Buckley (Superbowl Halftime, Coldplay, ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live!), and Sally Wood is Fulwell 73’s creative showrunner. The Bowl’s visual transformation into Casita is brought to life by NorthHouse (Coldplay, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee). The concert is produced by Fulwell 73, Live Nation-Hewitt Silva, along with Disney Concerts and AMP Worldwide, the team behind several highly acclaimed live-to-film events at the Hollywood Bowl including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in Concert starring Zooey Deschanel and Kelsey Grammer as well as Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas starring Danny Elfman and Catherine O’Hara.
Conductor Anthony Parnther will be leading the full orchestra performing the film’s score and cherished songs live-to-picture along with the outstanding cast and special guest artists performing the film’s acclaimed songs live. A Colombian band featuring musicians from the original soundtrack will accompany the orchestra.
Diane Guerrero participated in the D23 Expo in Anaheim this past weekend! There are over 30+ photos added from the two days that Diane made appearances, so make sure you check it out and browse around!
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