Like every young Latina in 2016, Maria Quezada is proud of her culture.
The 16-year-old actress was lucky enough to land a role in Nickelodeon’s Talia in the Kitchen, which aired its final episode on the network in 2015. In the series, Quezada played the lead Talia Parra, an aspiring chef who discovers her passion for cooking while living with her grandmother. Filmed in her hometown of Miami Florida, Quezada was able to incorporate her Latin roots into her role, as the series was an adaptation of the Nickelodeon Latin American telenovela, Toni, la Chef.
“Due to the television being the huge platform it is, through my work and the various social media sites I am able to spread positive messages on and off-screen,” Maria told Celeb Secrets. ““Talia in the Kitchen” for one, is filled with important values and uplifting life lessons that resonate and impact its viewers, but at the same time it also gives you the opportunity to see both the American and Latino world and how they collide on one screen. When I was younger I never saw anything like that on TV, therefore when I read the script for the show I was utterly blown away and I really felt as if I could identify with many of the comedic situations that resulted from juggling these two worlds and their distinctiveness. There’s a unique beauty and power to diversity; it makes us stand out, but at the same time it makes us stand together and embrace our differences.”
Maria stopped by the Celeb Secrets studio recently to talk to us about her experience on Nickelodeon’s Talia in the Kitchen. Check out the full video below!