Diane Guerrero is an actress, author, and immigration advocate. She is known for her role in the megahit television series Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. In 2016 her memoir was released, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided. In the book, she talks about her parents’ deportation when she was only 14 years old and her struggles of growing up without her family. The middle-grade version of her book titled My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Hope, Loss, and Home will be released in July of this year. We had the opportunity to ask Ms. Guerrero a few questions and this is what she shared with us.
1. What is your favorite memory of visiting a public library?
I remember when my dad took me to the local library, Rosendale Square Library. It was so peaceful and calm.
2. What impact have movies, songs, or books had on your life?
The arts have had a huge impact on my life. Acting and singing were creative outlets that helped give me an escape from thinking about being separated from my family. I’ve also learned that movies and books have the power to open doors for others. I remember watching America Ferrera in Real Women Have Curves and Emily Rios in Quinceañera and feeling for the first time like I was represented in the media. It made me feel like I too could be a storyteller and inspired me to be a part of making sure everyone feels represented.
3. If you could ask something to a deceased actor, singer, or writer, what would you ask?
I would ask Simone de Beauvoir what her advice would be for starting a movement and inspiring others to take action.
4. What message can you give to our users at the Los Angeles Public Library?
Find a book that inspires you, dream big, and put in the time to make your dreams a reality. And if you’re interested in learning more about immigration reform or another subject, find a book to check out or ask your friendly librarian for suggestions. :)