When she is not acting the Bay Area native with an infectious laughter spends time zipping around on her pink scooter, shooting guns, making mixtapes… and doing hella crazy stuff like camping and fishing...
LatinoBuzz:What or Who inspires you?
Alicia:"My sisters, my mom and pop. Real people who know who they are and have their priorities and mind sending them in an upward direction. Music. The moon. SRF. Peace. Love. Michelle Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito. Just to skim the top.”
LatinoBuzz: What does being a Latina in the industry mean to you? And personally, what does being a Latina mean to you?
Alicia:"When I think of my Latina side, I imagine family barbecues with carne asada, rice, beans, tortillas and a jalapeno on my plate along with ‘Vicente Fernandez’ blaring out the speakers. Spicy food. Salsa. Tamales. Family. Being Latina means I have culture I guess. We party together, cry together, and cook together. Or at least my family does as much as we can. We know where we’re from and we have a certain kind of rhythm and understanding. Togetherness. As I get older it becomes more apparent that there is a community in this industry that is working together to rise up and fight against the misinterpretation of Hispanic and what it means to be a Latino-American nowadays… We have some very determined serious Latino artists that are tired of garbage and refuse to do the exhausted stereotypical roles. Unless of course its Michael Pena (Eastbound and Down, Tower Heist) who makes it so funny. Love him. But anyway, My boy Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons Of Anarchy) said it perfectly in a facebook/twitter post a few weeks ago. It went a little something like this… “Dear entertainment industry, when writing or casting a part for a Latino, giving them an accent and sprinkling in Spanish isn’t necessary to prove they are Latino. We don’t all have an accent and speak Spanglish. There’s a whole world outside of your ignorant box…” Gotta love the Latino fire.”
LatinoBuzz:You just popped up in The Avengers - what power would you like to have? And it can't be for good!
Alicia:"A power that can't be used for good? Like a bad girl power? I wouldn't mind being clairvoyant, but I wouldn't want it if I couldn't use it for good. Peace and love, man. Peace and love."
LatinoBuzz:Your favorite journey?
Alicia:"This year has been amazing. A lot of growing up has happened in the last few months for me and it's been a series of many beautiful journeys of breakdown to rebuild so far in my life, 2012."
LatinoBuzz: Who would best interpret you in a painting, Salvador Dali or Claude Monet?
Alicia:“I think Dali for sure. His work is obscure, but real enough to explore the captivating landscape and bizarrely shaped subjects as if they were really that way when he painted them. I’ve been told I’m bizarre… somewhat off the hinges but real enough to take seriously.”
LatinoBuzz: What is bliss to you?
Alicia: “I’ll list a few things that send me there; having my family healthy and close, watching the clouds become illuminated by the sensual colors of the sun as it kisses us goodnight, howling at a full moon with my sisters and coming home to find my nephews playing together, singing loudly while riding my vespa, watching a phenomenal film and sharing my excitement, watching other people have blissful moments. I try to be aware of the life that surrounds me as much as my mind permits me. It’s the only time I have new blissful moments, and I love bliss.”
LatinoBuzz: Last character from a book you identified with?
Alicia: “The book I’m reading right now is called ‘Borderline Personalities - A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, & Culture Shifting’. It’s a book of essays written by several Latina writers and edited by Robyn Moreno and Michelle Herrera Mulligan. The last story I read was called ‘Aint Dishin” by Maria Hinojosa. It’s mainly about dishing your sex and romantic life to family, friends, lovers. To do or not to do is the topic. Maria grew up with a family who looked at sexual relations as taboo. Her fam never talked about the deed or their personal life to people. My parents were pretty closed off about that sort of thing for the most part. I guess I share Maria’s fascination with those who share their sexual experiences and I also agree with her choice to keep certain things private. I can’t be telling people all my business. That’s why I have a journal. To avoid trouble. I’m pretty sure that’s what she did too”.
LatinoBuzz: California always has disasters like Wildfires, Earthquakes, The Lakers— What’s the most treasured possession you would take hold of first?
Alicia: “My box of photos, letters and journals. You can’t buy memories back”.
LatinoBuzz:At the end of the film that is your life, what’s the theme song?
Alicia: “Easy. ‘If You Wanna Sing Out, Sing Out’ by Cat Stevens”.
LatinoBuzz: Who best describes you as a girlfriend? a: Annie from ‘Misery’. b: Sandy from ‘Grease’. c: Loana from ‘One Million Years B.C’. d: Dorothy from ‘Tootsie’ or e: Kelly from ‘From Justin to Kelly’
Alicia:“Annie? Really? I may be crazy but I’d never smash someone’s ankles in because I loved them so much. Compassion runs deep in my blood… So does crazy, but fun crazy like Maude in ‘Harold and Maude’. Loana. That’s so funny. Talk about exploiting an impeccably well put together female. Man, well Loana knows what she wants and goes for it. I love that. I do that. The only other one that I may be considering, but not really is Kelly. I don’t want to say I’m anything like Kelly. So I wont. I’m going with Loana because she’s self reliant and aggressive with what she wants. And because she’s smoking hot”.
LatinoBuzz:Do you have any plans to write or direct?
Alicia:"Yes, of course. I am really inspired by strong, badass, female characters. I would start with a revenge film, then ease into stories of badass everyday woman who make a difference in their own life for the better of people and environment around them. Stories of self realization. I love independent film making. So much real love and passion go into them and you can feel it while you watch. As for my career, I don't want to be famous. I just want to be a part of as many beautiful, crazy, unique films as possible."