How has your culture influenced your approach to beauty?
In every way. Being Mexican, being Latina, beauty is so ingrained into who we are. We always want to look good. I come from a very matriarchal family, and being “presentable,” looking good, and coming out of the house ready for whatever comes is so important. I remember my mom always used to say when I was about to leave for college in the United States, “Just remember, never leave the house without looking good and put-together.” It’s such a big thing in our culture. When you look good, you feel good, and you’re walking around the world like you own it. That’s such a Latina thing.
I distinctly remember when I moved to L.A. in 2017 getting stopped on the street multiple times by people and asked where I was from. And I would wonder, “Why do people know that I’m not from here? Do I look like a tourist?” Eventually, I asked the fifth person to tell me what was going on, and he said it was because I looked very nice and well put-together. I feel like that’s also a very Mexican thing since we like leaving the house and looking good.
You’ve also claimed your spot as one of the top scream queens in entertainment. If you had to take on one of the styles of your characters, who would you pick and why?
I really liked my Vanessa wardrobe from In the Heights. I got to wear some really iconic looks in that movie that I really liked that were unlike me. Sam in Scream dresses very similarly to how I dress in life, so it wouldn't be very different, which is why I didn’t say Sam even though I do like the clothes since it’s what I wear in life!