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Interview with Cierra Ramirez of "The
ABC Family 8/7/14
ABC Family Q&A with Cierra Ramirez
Moderator: How is your relationship with Jordan Rodrigues
(Mat) off the camera?
Cierra: The whole dynamic of the whole cast and crew is just
so amazing, I wouldn’t even call it work! Kissing scenes can
tend to get a little awkward, but thankfully with Jordan it
is not that way whatsoever. He’s just so down to earth, love
hanging out with him, and I’m a big fan of “Matiana”.
Moderator: Have you loved playing blonde Mariana?
Cierra: I have loved playing blonde Mariana! I’ve never done
anything like that before in my life, because I’ve never
dyed my hair before. That was a big change for me. Working
with the wig was just a really fun process; something I had
never really done. I had a really fun time with Esmeralda;
that’s what we named the wig. It was good to me all season.
Moderator: How would you say you and your character are
Cierra: I would say we’re alike in the sense that we both can
tend to be a little naive, and people pleasers in some
situations. I know with her originality she tends to have a
little trouble with that, and finding who she is. Thankfully
I’ve never had to go that drastic, but I can relate to her
in some sense. She’s very sassy, and she’s got some great
comebacks. I’d like to think that I’m that way, too.
Moderator: What can we expect from your character in the next
Cierra: Well, as you can see, she’s made a very drastic
change by changing her hair. You’re going to see the
reasoning behind her hair change, and it’s going to come
into play. With the dance team and this new group of
friends, she’s really been struggling to find out who she
is, and in these next two episodes you will definitely see
who she is.
Moderator: What is your favorite episode of this season?
Cierra: Definitely the finale, so you’ll have to tune into
that one! I’ve always loved cliffhangers and stuff like
that. I just love being on the edge of my seat, and you
Moderator: Will her relationship with Mat help her with those
recent identity insecurities?
Cierra: I think he’s a big influence in that; he has been
from the start. At first, she’s even commented, “Why are you
all up in my grill?” But he really helped her open her eyes,
and come in touch with her Hispanic side, for that matter.
You can definitely see that in this next episode when Mat
takes her to a Mexican festival. She’s not very comfortable
at first, but it definitely helps her come into touch with
who she is.
Moderator: Will there be any new developments with Mariana
and her relationship with Ana now that she’s attempting to
make amends and stay clean and sober?
Cierra: There might be, and that might have some influence on
her coming more into touch with who she is, and what this
blonde hair means to her. You might see a little comeback.
Moderator: What’s it like working with Rosie O’Donnell?
Cierra: I have only worked with her in one scene, believe it
or not! I haven’t been on set for most of the Girls United
scenes. I talk to her behind the scenes, and she is just the
most lovely person; always talking about her kids. She’s so
family oriented and so sweet. I love being on set with her —
I wish I had the chance to work with her more. She’s just so
Moderator: What other guest stars would you like to have on
Cierra: I was really rooting for Bailee Madison. I just knew
she and Maia Mitchell needed to play siblings in some other
project, and I was so happy that she got to guest star. I
think that just makes my life, because they are literally
the spitting image of one another [laughs]
Moderator: Why do you think Mariana and Jesus are having such
different experiences with their identities?
Cierra: I think it has to deal with the fact that the only
strong, Hispanic woman that she’s ever really had in her
life is her mom. After everything that’s happened with that,
she’s just shut herself off, she’s got a new group of
friends, and when someone makes that comment about her only
making the team because she’s Latin, it really struck home.
It really started this identity crisis. She’s dabbled with
that in the first season. She’s always willing to try
something new with piercing her nose and now it’s dying her
hair. I’m really excited for her to come to, and realize
that she’s enough and she doesn’t need to pretend to be
anyone she’s not to make other people happy.
Moderator: Will you be attending the Teen Choice Awards? Who
are you looking forward to see the most?
Cierra: Magic! is going to be performing, and “Rude” was my
summer song, so I’m just really excited to see them perform
live. I’m just going to be so excited to be there!
Moderator: What’s it like to be on such an innovative show
and represent such a strong family dynamic?
Cierra: That is one of the big things that really drew me to
this project to begin with. It deals with such universal
topics that aren’t really represented on TV, so I thought
that this was really groundbreaking in its own. It’s been a
really fun process and fun ride and it’s such a blessing to
be a part of. That’s the best thing, at the end of the day,
is to have people come up and say that they relate to a
certain character or storyline, or that they grew up in the
foster system and they’re really proud that something they
can relate to is on the air. It’s always a really cool thing
Moderator: What is it like working on set?
Cierra: It is a constant party, let me tell you. The dynamic
of the whole cast and crew is just amazing. From the get-go,
we all bonded from the pilot, and we haven’t stopped.
Between takes, we’re constantly laughing; it’s just a lot of
Moderator: What has it been like to have Ashley Argota on the
Cierra: So fun! I actually go way back with her. We share a
mutual friend so I’ve known her for a couple years now. We
have never had the chance to work together, so this was
really fun to have her on set. Again, kind of like Rosie and
like Bailee, my storylines never really cross so I never
really get to see them. But, whenever I do it’s so much fun.
I love her, and I love her character!
Moderator: If you could take one day and go anywhere, where
would you want to go and what would you do while you were
Cierra: I would probably go to Fiji. I’ve always wanted to go
to Fiji and I would just swim all day. I’ve never actually
been out of North America, so that’s something really big on
my bucket list, is just to go travel, and Fiji is way up
there on that list.
Moderator: What was it like auditioning for The Fosters?
Cierra: My auditioning process was actually really strange. I
was actually on The Secret Life of the American Teenager
filming the last season, and the creator had called me and
she wanted to tell me in person that it was no longer being
picked up for another season and that it was ending. I had
moved out to L.A. for it, so I was really bummed. I got on
the phone with my agent and told him, “I need to get out
there, I need to start auditioning again.” He told me about
The Fosters, and they had already been through their
I thought they had already probably had someone in mind, but
I just wouldn’t let that happen. I put myself on tape just
to make myself feel better, and it ended up working out. I
found out the next day that I had booked it, so it was a
huge blessing to hop from one amazing project to another. It
was a really weird auditioning process; I’ve never had
anything like it!
Moderator: What’s your favorite scene that you’ve filmed?
Cierra: I always say this one, it’s my absolute favorite just
because I love Lena, and I feel like she always has the
right things to say. On Episode 9 of Season 1; it’s when
Stef was shot and is in the hospital. Mariana’s feeling
really low, she feels like this is all her fault and that
her moms aren’t going to want her anymore. Lena sits her
down and tells her that DNA doesn’t make a family, love
does. I think that was exactly what she needed to hear at
that moment, and so many people in the world. I go back to
that scene all the time. I absolutely love it.
Moderator: What do we have to look forward to in the upcoming
Cierra: You are going to see the reasoning behind Mariana’s
blonde do. You’ve seen Jude and Connor struggle with
maintaining a friendship because of Connor’s dad not
approving of Jude, so you will see more of that; it’ll get a
little deeper into that. Rosie O’Donnell is going to be
making another appearance on the finale, so that’s going to
be exciting. Callie’s forced to ask her dad for some help as
far as a fundraiser, so that’s going to be fun.
Moderator: Who is the most hilarious out of the whole cast?
Cierra: I would have to say Teri Polo. It is a constant
comedy show with that woman. She’s crazy, and she makes 5:18
a.m. call times a hoot. She can always make anyone laugh,
bring up everyone’s mood during a long day. She’s just so
funny, she’s just always constantly cracking me up.
Moderator: What do you think of the prominent social media
presence around The Fosters?
Cierra: It’s amazing! I love going on Instagram and seeing
all of the edits that they do of scenes, and they’ll clash
them with different memes. I love being able to talk to fans
every Monday; that’s been really fun, to just interact and
see how they’re liking the episode. It’s really fun to get
that one-on-one relationship with everyone.
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