The 38-year-old actress, who shares two young daughters with former baseball pro Nick Swisher, was born in Tampa, Florida, to Cuban parents -- and tells Et that throughout her life, both in and out of the spotlight, her Cuban heritage "hugely shaped who I am."
The Kevin (Probably) Saves the World star has embraced her roots throughout her two decades in Hollywood, bringing diversity to typically white roles in playing characters like Ariel on Once Upon a Time.
"The beautiful thing about fairy tales is that they resonate with most everyone," she says. "The thoughtful and incredible casting choices that [Ouat creators] Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] make celebrate all races and ethnicities, and I think that is what makes the show that much more meaningful to such a diverse audience."
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As a minority, finding self-representations on TV or film can be a difficult. While the entertainment industry has made efforts to depict a wider range of ethnicities, colors, sizes, and sexual orientations, it still registered as a momentous event when ABC’s Once Upon a Time announced that the new Cinderella for season 7, played by Dania Ramirez, would not be the classic white damsel in distress, but rather a fierce sword-fighting Latina warrior.
Now famous for her roles on Devious Maids and Entourage, Ramirez always knew she wanted to be an actress,
Dania Ramirez made her debut as Cinderella on Friday's season seven premiere of Once Upon a Time and fans couldn't contain their excitement, including her two kids.
The 37-year-old actress took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video of her 3-year-old twins, son John and daughter Gaia, who had an epic reaction to seeing her as the beloved heroine.
"My favorite part of last night. #familyfirst @mygaiaaether look at those faces! Lo mejor de mi vida! Los adoro. #reasonforliving @onceabcofficial #danicas #mytwinkies," Ramirez captioned the video.
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In the video you can hear one of the twins saying, "Cinderella, that's mommy. Mommy is Cinderella."
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Fans of Ouat were also excited to see a Latina Cinderella on the show, cheering her on
Once Upon a Time's seventh season premiere introduced a completely new story for fans of the fairy-tale series. The episode served as both a reboot and a sequel of sorts, picking up with the story of how an adult Henry (now played by Andrew J. West) falls in love with a new version of Cinderella (Dania Ramirez).
The hour not only revealed the new identities of the returning fan-favorite characters — West's Henry is a down-on-his-luck author and part-time Uber driver; Lana Parrilla's Regina is now...
Whether it’s major casting shuffles on Once Upon a Time and Grey's Anatomy or unexpected departures on Hawaii Five-0 and Chicago P.D., there’s never a dull moment when it comes to keeping track of the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Et highlights seven returning TV shows that will have a different look and feel this fall.
Chicago P.D. (NBC)
Chicago P.D. lost a big member of their department when Sophia Bush abruptly left the show in May. The show hinted at Bush's departure in the season four cliffhanger finale, when her character, Erin Lindsay, considered taking a job with the FBI in New York -- but the NBC cop drama looked internally for her replacement. Revolution alum Tracy Spiridakos made her Chicago P.D. debut at the end of season four, when her character, a robbery
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