If you love the Nickelodeon series Talia in the Kitchen as much as we do, you know that Maria Quezada's character, Talia, is always serving up some kind and motivational words along with her spicy kitchen creations. In real life, Maria is just as full of wisdom and inspiration – and she's just as in-tune with her Latina heritage as Talia is.
"I am very proud to be Latina," Maria tells TWIST exclusively. "It's just wonderful how everybody is automatically your family. Like my mom's uncles are my uncles, we're all very close-knit and it's wonderful to embrace all that."
She also has a very special message just for her Latina fans!
"For my Latina fans, I would say to be proud of who you are and just own it," she shares. "Work your Latin spice, and you can amount to anything. Don't let anybody bring you down."
How fierce is that?
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