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

class=”article-detail__title article-detail__title–speakable”>How Francia Raísa's How I Met Your Father Character Embraces Her Latin HeritageHow 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. 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. "One of the things that I always ask myself is I have to make a decision if I'm going to make this character a first, second or third-generation Latin American, because there's a difference," Raísa explained. "I am so, so happy about these scripts. During E!'s Ones to Watch series in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Raísa exclusively opened up about how her cultural background is always at the forefront when selecting roles. 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. Oh, and did we mention that Raísa is Selena Gomez's real-life BFF? And second generation-ers, I don't see them getting a lot of love. We grew up speaking Spanish and translating for our parents. "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-ish is a success, which is a spin-off of Black-ish. I was like, you know what I played first. "The one thing my acting coach always says is you cannot judge your character. A second generation, which would be my children, are not going to do that. 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 to Grown-ish's Ana. They're hilarious," Raísa hinted. Francia Raísa is known for a lot of roles: her scene-stealing turn as Ana Torres on Grown-ish, playing Adrian on The Secret Life of an American Teenager and now, Valentina on the highly-anticipated spinoff series, How I Met Your Father. I'm glad that for me it was a lesson for me to open my mind more." But I made a decision. Oh, she's playing second generation. 22. "And this is a challenge for me and I want to understand where she's coming from. In most of my projects, I have played first-generation. If you judge your character or you judge the script, you're not going to be able to perform," Raísa noted. Watch now.By Samantha Bergeson Sep 22, 2021 7:45 PMTagsTVHow I Met Your MotherExclusivesCelebritiesHispanic Heritage MonthNBCUWatch: Francia Raisa Talks Growing Up First-Generation Latina: Ones to WatchTaking a stand. And two, I was like, you know, I have a good track record. "I'm a first-generation Latina. I want other second generation-ers or so before to understand that it's OK to be in touch with your Latin side, but not know it so well."photosMovies & TV Shows to Honor Hispanic Heritage MonthAnd, Raísa helped craft her How I Met Your Father character with a specific message in mind: "I'm excited for youngins to see, 'Oh, she looks like me. You know, all of the Cutting Edge movies I did, and Bring it On 3. 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.'"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. They were all a success, so I'm going to say, I'm nervous but I'm also excited because, one, it's good.