I also have a film coming up called Breaking Up, and my part in that was not written for a Latina, and my character is not particularly pretty or sexy or exotic.
If you give me any problem in America I can trace it down to domestic violence. It is the cradle of most of the problems, economic, psychological, educational.
I really do love Diana Ross; I grew up listening to her records. I grew up in a little town in Mexico, so while we got the music, we never got the experience of watching her.
I know the only reason that I haven't gotten many good parts is because I am Latin - and they tell it to my face a lot of times.
I directed a movie and now, I'm going to do the editing.
No woman has to be a victim of physical abuse. Women have to feel like they are not alone.
I became obsessed with all these women who die never feeling they did anything extraordinary with their lives.
I'm good at working, but I'm very good at playing.
How I would describe my characters is absolutely different from how I would describe myself.
I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.
You have to embrace the character for everything that she was, without any judgement, and throw yourself completely, completely into it.
I want to work for a long, long time and keep growing in my work, and if I am very lucky and very blessed, maybe somewhere along the line there will be one movie in there that becomes a classic.
I think it's nice for women to try to be sexy for their man.
What is important is to believe in something so strongly that you're never discouraged.
There is a subconscious way of taking violence as a way of expression, as a normality, and it has a lot of effects in the youth in the way they absorb education and what they hope to get out of life.
Some men have a silly theory about beautiful women - that somewhere along the line they'll turn into a monster. That movie gave them a chance to watch it happen.
Making films is really hard, and if it has anything that's a little bit out of the mainstream, then it's really hard to get made.
I proved to myself that if I believe in something and set my mind to it I could actually accomplish it.
Every woman who thinks she is the only victim of violence has to know that there are many more.
People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
Producing is hell, writing is frustrating, acting is really satisfying, directing is heaven.
My heart has been stolen too - but I've gone and got it back every single time!
I have a farm and I love it there. There's really nothing to do, but even watching the chickens, its fun.
I have a small house so I borrow everything except art, that's what I love.
For me, I have to say that I like to work a lot too, but I like not working better. The perfect scenario is when you just worked and you know something's coming up, then you have four, five, six months off. But you know you're going to have a job later.