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This Hispanic Heritage Month, TWIST has been asking tons of your favorite stars to tell us some stories about their own personal heritages. We asked Nickelodeon's Game Shakers actress Cree Cicchino to share little bit about her family's roots, and what inspires her about her family. Catch our Q & A below.
TWIST: Tell us about your heritage.
Cree Cicchino: I am Ecuadorian and Italian and there’s a little Irish and German mixed in as well.
TWIST: Why do you think it's important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
CC: It’s important to celebrate it because you should always remember where you come from and be inspired by the lives and/or humbled by the struggles of those before you.
TWIST: Have you always embraced your heritage? Or has it been a journey?
CC: Yes, but only as I get older do I see the importance of embracing it. But I also believe it is still a journey in the sense that you can always learn and understand more.
TWIST: Who is a family member that has really inspired you?
CC: When speaking of Hispanic Heritage, I would have to say my Papa (Grandfather). He came to this country at 17 and he didn’t speak the language. He was drafted into the Army and by 20, was married with 2 children. He worked so hard his entire life; hard manual labor and he always did what he had to do to take care of his family. I see a man who had very little formal education become extremely well-read and knowledgeable about so many topics. Again as I get older I start to really see the character of the people around me.
TWIST: What is a family tradition you love most or are really proud of?
CC: Every year at Christmas time, my mom would make me and my sister donate one of our gifts away to charity. It’s something I’m really proud of and it’s remained a tradition to this day.
TWIST: What's an issue facing the Latino community that you are really passionate about?
CC: I believe there are so many issues facing so many different communities. One I’ve become aware of is the issue of Latinos in the Arts. There is so much more work to be done but I’m proud to see more Latino actors (I use this word as a profession not gender-related) in film and TV. I’m also seeing more shows revolving around Latino families which are not being stereotypically portrayed. Even a new Princess, which for many young kids, makes them feel included within diversity.
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