Sol Rodriguez is the newest star on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. We caught up with her to talk about her jump start in the entertainment world and what she’s learned along the way.
You Play Daniela Mercado in Devious Maids, can you tell us about the character?
Sol Rodriguez: Dani is a young girl that dreams of being a Hollywood Star. She comes to LA to pursue that dream and crashes with who she thinks is her cousin Carmen, who is also pursuing her dreams of being a singer and dancer. A lot of drama develops throughout the entire season, mainly when Dani discovers Carmen is actually her birth mother.
How did the role come about?
SR: I auditioned like the rest of the girls and I was blessed enough to get the role.
Can you tell us what it’s been like filming such a fun, addicting show?
SR: You said it yourself, it’s fun and addicting indeed. It was a great experience; everyone welcomed me since day one with open arms. I shot most of my scenes with Roselyn Sanchez and she was very kind to me. But as the season went on I shot with almost all the cast and every single experience was so much fun. They’re all amazing to work with, in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
You made a couple big moves in your life thus far, what has it been like to pick up and start over somewhere new?
SR: It was scary. I basically left something “secure” for something that I had no idea if it was going to work out; something unpredictable. I was working a lot in Miami, jumping from one soap to the next. But I really wanted to crossover and work in American television and film. And it has been the best decision of my life. I’m very happy.
You got your start in acting on Nickelodeon’s Grachi, what was that experience like?
SR: Best experience of my life. I got cast on that show and thrown in from of the camera basically. I learned about acting and anything related on the set of Grachi. We did 205 one hour episodes in two years. We were translated into many languages and the show aired in Latin America and Europe. We also did a musical show and toured Mexico and Argentina. Very proud of my show. It taught me a lot.
Coming from a family also in the entertainment world, how did they react when you shared the news on booking your first show?
SR: My parents cried. My dad is a musician singer/songwriter. So he knows how hard you have to work and how many sacrifices you have to make in this industry. My parents and my brother are very proud of me, and that’s all that matters to me.
You were also a part of many popular telenovelas, what was that experience like?
SR: I loved the soaps. They’re fun to shoot; a little stressful because they’re a lot of work. You would shoot 20-30 scenes in one day, driving from one location to another, crying in one scene at a funeral and then shooting a dance routine with your friends and then maybe having a hot scene with your love interest. All in only one day; it’s fun stuff!
You originally wanted to pursue a different path before acting, what was it about that first audition that changed your mind?
SR: I was studying tourism in college. I wasn’t very sure about it though. When I did my first audition, which was Grachi for Nickelodeon, I just had so much fun. To me, it wasn’t work being on set, and I felt so blessed to call that my “work.” I lost a lot of friends because you have no time for anything or anyone, I missed a lot of stuff, but I had never felt happier in my life, and that’s when I knew I wanted to do this forever.
Where can we see you next?
SR: We’re all crossing fingers for Devious Maids Season 5!
When you’re not busy with your career, what do you like to do?
SR: I like to be home a lot, I watch a lot of Netflix and Hulu and lots of movies. I like hanging out with my friends.
We like to finish all of our interviews with a quick fire round of quirky questions:
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: I don’t like ice cream
Current Beauty Obsession: Highlighting
Current Binge Watching Show: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Favorite Snack Food: Cheese and crackers
If you could live anywhere in the world: Guatemala
If you weren’t an actor you’d be: Working at a bed and breakfast in some island
We’d be surprised to know that you: I can touch my nose with my tongue
Currently listening to on repeat: Kiss and say Goodbye by The Manhattans
Childhood Celebrity Crush: Nick Carter
Latest read: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
You’ve always wanted to try/do/learn: So many things: play soccer, dance flamenco, play the harmonic, learn how to cook, learn Portuguese, have my own charity, Scuba, learn piano
Catch Devious Maids on Lifetime, Mondays at 9pm ET. For More on Sol Rodriguez, follow her on Twitter @_solrodriguez.