It’s Tea Time! Daytime Confidential caught up with latina spitfire Florencia Lozano (Tea) at the One Life to Live, “Move Down the Block Party” earlier this week. During the chat, Florencia addressed Todd and Tea’s volatile relationship, playing an on-screen mom of a teenager, and some interesting quotes on the erosion of U.S. soaps as compared to the Latin America telenovelas were that genre is still flourishing. Here are a few excerpts!
Florenica on telenovelas: “I’ve never watched any Latin American soaps and I think without generalizing too much, Latino culture and temperament lends itself to melodrama in a way that comes very naturally. We tend to have big emotions and show them in a big way. There isn’t the level of repression that people have in this country, so I think it comes more naturally through our sensibility. That’s a huge generalization and I’m sure a lot of people may say, “Oh that doesn’t mean me! That’s stereotyping!,” but I found in my family growing up, we would scream and shout, cry and laugh, all that stuff was loud. While a lot of people that I grew up around had a very different experience. They didn’t fight openly. They were soft-spoken and they kept all their anger inside, whereas we don’t tend to do that as much.”
Florencia on fans being inspired by her portrayal of a successful latina woman: “Yes, it seems to have inspired people that One Life to Live has a strong, educated Latina. I think its rare, and I think its important to have that.