Let’s stop and reflect about how we choose to spend our time and the outcome of that. Have you made changes in other people’s lives? Have you fought for any inequalities you face regularly? Have you put your voice out there and contributed to a cause you’re passionate about? If you haven’t, that’s okay. But let’s just take a second to learn from the Boss Babe that is inspiring us to do all of this and more.
Diane Guerrero is known to most as Maritza from Orange Is The New Black and Lina from Jane The Virgin. Her quick, spitfire personality not only radiates on TV, but is now transcending off the screen and into her real life — and if this past year is any indicator of what she’s capable of, you better pay attention now. In addition to being a successful working actor, Diane is the author of “In The Country We Love“, a memoir and story about a woman (Diane) whose parents were deported back to Colombia when she was only fourteen years old, and the hardships that come with growing up in this country without your family to lean on. If that wasn’t enough, Diane just announced some pretty major, life-changing news that could start showcasing our country’s horrible immigration policies, in which Diane will single-handedly be responsible for opening our eyes to (you’ll find out below.)
….And I’m proud I did laundry today.
Ladies and gents, get to know the jaw-droppingly beautiful and ambitiously smart, Diane Guerrero, styled by my friend & TTS Boss Babe alum, Laura Zapata.
Instagram account you’re currently stalking:
On your Spotify right now:
Hamilton and Solange “a seat at the table.”
Favorite beauty product of the moment:
Where can we find you on a Thursday night?
Home or inside my hotel room.
Popcorn and Netflix
Finding very small things
What’s the first thing you do every morning?
Drink hot water and lemon
Your dream travel destination:
Can you share something only *very* close friends & family know about you:
I love cartoons
You attended performing arts school but it wasn’t until 24 that you started acting. What were you doing prior to acting and when and why did you realize you wanted to be in the performing arts?
I studied Political Science and Communications in college. Acting was a dream of mine and I really wanted to give myself the opportunity to go after that dream. I thought, “what do I have to lose?”
You’re a recurring character in two huge shows (both of which I love and watch religiously.) What’re your goals as an actress, and do you have any upcoming roles you can share with us?
I want to continue to grow as an artist in every capacity. I’d like to continue to be in the small screen but also enter the big screen. I recently began a new project with CBS to make my book “In The Country We Love” into a series which I am so excited about. I will star in it as well as executive produce. A dream come true.
Let’s talk about your book and what this election means to you. As all of your fans know, your book shares your story on your parents’ deportation at a young age. Obviously this has been the most polarizing presidential race in recent history — and we all know whose side you’re on. What do you want to say to anyone supporting Trump?
For anyone supporting Trump I would say…Really? Nahhhhh. Educate yourselves about our country’s history. Watch the 13th if you want a reference.
As a latina whose voice is loud & strong, what do you want to tell other latinas out there looking to make an impact in our system?
I would tell latinas to unite. Do not shy away from politics, art or success. Too many people want to silence our words but this is our time to fight for what we believe in.
If you weren’t acting or writing books, what would you be doing?
I’d run for office.
If you could sit anyone down and pick their brain hard, who would it be, where would it be and what would you be sippin’?
I’d be sitting with Michelle Obama and we’d be sippin’ piña colodas in Hawaii.
Words of advice for future boss babes, specifically those looking to get into acting or even sharing their story with the general public?
Be strong and unwavering. Do what you want and never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. If it is good and comes from a place of love you can’t go wrong. You decide what kind of future you deserve. If you can imagine it, you can make it happen. You are capable. You are valuable. You are ENOUGH. If you want to be an actor — study, read, believe, show up. If you want to tell your story, tell it. It’s as simple as that.
Photography by Vanessa Granda
Styling by Laura Zapata
Hair & makeup by Carolina Enamorado
Interview by Cyndi Ramirez