Jackie Cruz, the sexy and sassy Latina from Orange is the New Black, has her mom to thank for setting her straight after going through a rough, almost deadly patch.
The young actress was running in the wrong crowd when a drag-racing accident almost took her life.
“I woke from a coma to a collapsed lung, a swollen brain, and barely able to see.” And even though her mom was there by her side, Cruz thought she had disappointed her.
“I thought about all the beautiful women on stage I wanted to be, and I looked at myself, and thought I could never look beautiful like this. I would write to my mom and tell her how sorry I was for disappointing her. Then I got back in shape, started walking, then I started running. I finally started to feel good again.”
Luckily, she did because her career is taking off. She’s now filming the fourth season of OITNB, two new films and a Selena cover album.
And although Cruz knows exactly where she’s going with her career, in terms of her sexual orientation, she said “I don’t know. I don’t think that’s a question I can answer yet. I love the person.”
Read more about Jackie Cruz from NOTOFU here.