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How Francia Raísa's How I Met Your Father Character Embraces Her Latin Heritage

9/23/2021 8:28:00 AM

How Francia Raísa's How I Met Your Father Character Embraces Her Latin Heritage

How I Met Your Father star Francia Raísa opened up about being first generation American during E!'s Ones to Watch series in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 22. Watch now.

How I Met Your Fathercharacter with a specific message in mind: "I'm excited for youngins to see, 'Oh, she looks like me. Oh, she's playing second generation. OK, so it's not a bad thing that I can't speak Spanish or that I have white friends,' because I was judged a lot growing up for having white friends and my Latin friends would call me whitewashed. So trying to figure out a way to break barriers, open conversation and have other Latinos, Latinx people growing up saying, 'I can do this too, and it's OK that I'm this way and that way and maybe not this way.'"

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Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Unlikely HeroesRaísa also was a huge fan of the original series,How I Met Your Mother, and teased that the spin-off is going to be "amazing" thanks to a talented and funny cast."I am so, so happy about these scripts. They're hilarious," Raísa hinted. "My sister calls me the cult classic queen, and I was like, 'Well, the luck's not going to stop here, all right?' So, where this one's going to be a success,

Grown-ishis a success, which is a spin-off ofBlack-ish. You know, all of theCutting Edgemovies I did, andBring it On 3. They were all a success, so I'm going to say, I'm nervous but I'm also excited because, one, it's good. And two, I was like, you know, I have a good track record. So let's keep it going."

Each role also offers a new opportunity to accomplish the challenging task of relating to other characters, especially when it comes toGrown-ish's Ana."The one thing my acting coach always says is you cannot judge your character. If you judge your character or you judge the script, you're not going to be able to perform," Raísa noted. "And this is a challenge for me and I want to understand where she's coming from. I am happy, though, that in this season you see a different side to Anna, a more human side to her, and playing this has definitely given me a different eye and I don't care if someone thinks differently from me. I'm glad that for me it was a lesson for me to open my mind more."

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