Jadyn Douglas stars as Roxie Rios on the hit NBC series Telenovela. Douglas sat down with SheKnows and got up close and personal with us, revealing the true meaning behind being the new girl. Douglas also filled us in on some of her true aspirations when she's not on set or filming. She is blessed with many talents, and one of them happens to be a quality that she possesses: she is very selfless. Get to know this talented, bilingual actress and find out the lessons she's learned throughout her career.
SheKnows: What's the biggest dream you have for your life right now?
Jadyn Douglas: I have a 3-year-old (let me finish, ha ha) blue Frenchie named Stacks.
SK: Puberty and the teen years: Were they tough or a piece of cake for you?
JD: I think every teen goes through their growing pains. We moved around a lot, so I was the new girl three times in high school. I'm not going to say I had a bad high school experience overall, but I definitely dealt with bullying and girls calling me names based on their own assumptions.
SK: What's your biggest fear?
JD: In a way, failure is my biggest fear. But I also believe each failure brings you closer to success, as long as you persevere and keep going.
SK: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
JD: I feel the word feminist can sometimes be associated with a negative connotation. I like to encourage and empower. I believe we are all equal and we all deserve to be heard.
SK: What's the biggest life lesson you learned in your 20s?
JD: I can't control everything. This is something I'm still learning. God's timing is sometimes different than our own. If my life and career had gone according to my plans, things would've happened a lot sooner! But I believe the closed doors and detours were merely opportunities for growth and preparation for this very moment I'm living in right now. I feel like the key is to let go without ever giving up.
SK: Tell us about one tough obstacle you're glad you endured.
JD: I've experienced a lot of ups and downs working in the music industry, but as difficult as some of them were, I have such gratitude for the lessons learned. As a result, I am a much stronger and more determined person.
SK: What's one cause or movement you feel very passionate about?
JD: I have such a heart for children. I've been contributing to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for years. Since meeting Eva [Longoria], I've been blessed to be able to learn about the Padres Contra El Cáncer charity organization. From singing the national anthem at an event to doing crafts with the children for Halloween and contributing financially to the cause, these little angels have been a much bigger blessing to me than I could ever be to them. It truly touches my heart to witness the gratitude and joy of these children struggling with various types of cancers. They are such amazing examples of what faith and strength really look like.
SK: What's the best advice your parents ever gave you?
JD: I have such wonderful parents. It's hard to pick just one piece of advice, but I'd have to say they always encouraged me to chase my dreams and pursue my calling.
SK: Did you ever audition for a role you really wanted but didn't book? Tell us about it.
JD: Yes! I remember auditioning for the role of Amber in The Other Woman. I absolutely love Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz! I laughed so hard just reading the script. I was sure this part was perfect for me, but they went with Kate Upton. It's such a great movie!
SK: What's your favorite part about being in Telenovela?
JD: I love getting to play Roxi. She's slightly naive, super bubbly and very va-va-voom. But beyond that, I just feel so blessed to work with the beautiful souls I work with. We laugh so much behind the scenes, I don't know how we get any work done! This opportunity is something I thank God for every day.
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