TV: Congratulations on your partnership with Invisalign! How’s your alignment process going? As a teenager, do you feel any pressure from societal beauty standards?
SE: I don’t concern myself with anyone else’s beauty standards. My smile is the only thing I wanted to work on, personally – for me and only me. I wanted to close my gap in a way that works with my schedule. So, actual braces aren’t an option. Plus, Invisalign is just drama free. I only have to switch my trays every two weeks, and they come with a cute little Invisalign case that’s super convenient.
TV: How does your identity/upbringing play a role in your artistry?
SE: My upbringing plays a role in many ways. On my mom’s side of the family, there is a long history of actors. My aunt has been working in the business for a very long time. I’ve learned a lot about being a professional from hearing about her career. I feel blessed to have gained perspective from an adult who’s carved a very successful career for herself. On my dad’s side, his parents came to this country from Cuba in their teens and have built a wonderful life. The Cuban part of my background is about love, family, food, and an insane work ethic. It’s interesting because most of my current projects have highlighted that part of my background, which makes me very proud.
TV: How does acting make you feel, and what mission do you wish for your art to accomplish?
SE: My art makes me feel proud. Most people my age have no idea what they want to do with their lives or even what they’re good at. Although my own worst critic, I feel proud of what I’ve accomplished so far and am committed to improving as I grow. It’s a gift to know what you’re passionate about. I think the best part about being an actor is to hopefully put humanity into characters that aren’t overly likable or that you don’t relate to. When you watch something, sometimes you suddenly feel a way about someone who is doing something you disagree with. But at times, it can help you to view the situation from another lens. I hope to accomplish that. If we all could understand where other people are coming from, I think this world would be a much better place.
TV: What emotion do these consistent roles bring out of you? Do you find comfort on set?
SE: Sometimes, it can be a massive release. If a scene calls for being sad, angry, or anxious, it’s comforting to be able to unload some of that through your work. I get to tell stories of all different types of characters. The best feeling is having someone tell you that they were able to see a part of themselves in a character you played. That means I’m doing it right.
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