By: Javier Pedroza
From acting out telenovelas scenes on “The Island of Enchantment” to Hollywood, California…
Say hello to actress Alondra Delgado, born in Mayaguez and raised in Arecibo Puerto Rico. Ms. Delgado is very proud of her Latina heritage and can currently be seen as Vanessa Montes on the CW football drama , ‘ALL AMERICAN’ ’, which follows the journey of star player Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) as he is recruited away from his homeschool to play for Beverly Hills High. Vanessa is the daughter of the new head coach and the confident new girl at school who has a history with one of her classmates. The cast also includes Taye Diggs and Samantha Logan. The third season is airing now. While Delgado has guest starred, wrote, and produced other shows and short films, this role has introduced the young actress to an exciting new level of stardom. Here at 360 Magazine, we dished with Delgado about her role on All American, upcoming involvement in the film Safe House, her Puerto Rican heritage and Latinx idols, and more.
- How was your upbringing in Puerto Rico?
My childhood in Puerto Rico was beautiful. I love Puerto Rico. It involved a lot of dancing, since that’s what I started with first when I was two and a half years old, going to the beach, studying in a bilingual school, and acting on feature films when I was seven years old. It was great!
- What are some of your favorite things about your community / culture?
I love the people and the warmth and passion we all have; and of course the food! We always have a party in every activity. We are loud, passionate, and very prideful of our tiny Island!
- What attracted you to begin a career as an actress?
Growing up I never liked cartoons that much. I was always fascinated with the Telenovelas and would play out scenes and act like the mean characters. My mom saw my passion so she put me with a talent agency. I did my first feature film when I was seven, and I fell in love.
- Where were you and what was your reaction when you received the call from CW confirming your role as Vanessa Montes?
I was at my mom’s house with all my family decorating for Halloween. My manager and agents called me and I screamed and jumped and hung up the phone three times by accident. I was so excited! And it was great that my close family was there because we got to celebrate right away.
- How has your experience been, so far as the new girl at school on All American?
It’s been great! I’ve had a lot of fun and have learned a lot. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.
- Can you describe how you feel working alongside Taye Diggs and Samantha Logan?
It is amazing. At first I was a bit scared and nervous to be on set because this is a great cast. But once I was there, they were very nice to me and I’ve been learning a lot about them.
- Will we see more writing & producing any time soon?
I’ve been writing some things recently so that is definitely something that will come soon, hopefully.
- Who are your role models in life?
There are many Puerto Rican figures that always inspire me, like Rita Moreno and Benicio del Toro, who have had a great career in Hollywood and always represent the Island. Someone I always look up to is Roberto Clemente, who had a huge passion for baseball and loved helping others. That is something I would love to do!
- With the lack of Latinx talent representation (in front and behind the cameras) in Hollywood, how would you advise “the industry” to move forward?
I think lately there have been a few more Latinos out there, but we definitely need more. I would say that we need to stop writing characters that are specifically Hispanic rather than giving roles to Hispanic actors. There is always this mindset that the character has to be this or has to be that, rather than hiring people because of talent and not looks. So many people have started to watch All American and are excited because there is more Latino representation now. We need to change our mindsets and hire because of talent!
- Any advice for teenagers who dream of writing, acting and producing?
Go for it! If you have a passion, you have to try it. You have to have a positive mindset because it will not be easy and you’ll face rejection, but you have to learn how to trust and believe in yourself and your talent. If you work hard enough, you’ll make it.
- What is one of your top acting tips?
I love to learn the lines and then just play with it. Read it with different people and you will find different things from each read that will help you create a character with more depth.
- What can you tell us about your upcoming film Safe House?
I am so excited for this one! It’s an action film. I play Carla and she is the lead character. She’s a strong female lead with a lot of stunts and drama. People will love her!