Diane's Open Road
Everything is a Risk (0:58)
Set Small Goals (2:13)
Speak Out (1:51)
Las Vegas, NV
Orange Is The New Black
acting, anger, baby steps, challenge, challenges, doing what you love, dreams, growing up, happiness, helping others, immigrant, impact, purpose, resources, role models, safety, storytelling, try something, uncertainty, undocumented
- Her parents immigrated to America before she was born, but they never found a way to legally establish residency in the United States.
- When she was 14, she came home from school one day to find her house empty; a neighbor came over and told Diane her parents had been taken to jail.
- They were later deported back to Colombia, and Diane made the tough choice to stay in America without them.
- Even without the support of her family, she managed to make it through high school and college.
- After college, she wasn’t sure what to do with her life; thinking about her parents’ sacrifices, she decided to take a huge leap and try to make it as an actress.
- Says that her interest in acting came from a desire to be acknowledged—her parents had been overlooked and cast aside, so she wanted to make sure her voice was heard.
- Her breakout role came in 2013, when she was cast as Maritza Ramos in Orange is the New Black; since then, she’s also landed a major role in the television show, Jane the Virgin.
- She recently wrote a book—called In the Country We Love: My Family Divided—about her parents' experiences and her life as the daughter of immigrants.