La vida local

Local singer Mayra Veronica making it big in L.A.

Mayra Veronica
Mayra Veronica
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Los Angeles natives Jorge Diaz and Andrew Jacobs are still riding a high of actually being in their first major movie. The 20-something stars of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (the franchise’s fifth entry) were at the Hotel Victor in South Beach earlier this week to promote the horror flick, in theaters.

Adding to the buzz, Diaz enjoyed getting spooked. “I grew up watching Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, those type of movies,” the actor said. “ The Exorcist scared the hell out of me as a kid. Being in this revived my love of the genre.”

When it comes to any of their paranormal activity in their own lives, Diaz said he’s a believer. “I once felt a ghost touching me on my back.”

Both men hope more roles come their way, but Jacobs is aiming pretty high.

“I’d like to be someone people look up to so I can influence and inspire people,” he said. “Being The Rock would be pretty cool!”

“All I want are opportunities to work in a diverse array of roles, to really dive into something,” added Diaz.

Chart princess

When Mayra Veronica flies from the West Coast back home to Miami she always has her priorities straight.

“I have to say I love the beach,” says the beauty queen turned model-singer, 33. “The water in L.A. is too cold, so the first thing I do when I get off the plane is head straight to South Beach and go swimming.”

But Los Angeles is where Veronica needs to be, now that her career is heating up. Her latest song, Mama Mia, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Club chart. And guess who took notice? Simon Cowell. The music mogul/TV personality recently signed her to his label Syco.

Not bad for the Cuban-born beauty raised in Hialeah. But that doesn’t mean the pop starlet can’t be melancholy for home. “As far as business goes, there are many more opportunities in L.A.,” she says. “People-wise, here it’s more laid back. There’s it’s work, work, work.”

Sexy moves

The couple who works out together stays together? Carlos Ponce’s girlfriend Ximena Duque Instagrammed a pic of the flexible telenovela stars not only doing yoga, but kissing. Impressive.

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