Sure, Sol Rodriguez is a big-time TV star now, as the newest cast member of Devious Maids. But the Miami-raised native Argentinean, 26, didn’t start out craving the spotlight.
True story: In 2011, Rodriguez, who attended Miami Sunset Senior High, was taking classes at Miami Dade College and working part time at Macy’s Dadeland when she decided to try out for an audition. The Nickelodeon Latin American TV show was called Grachi, about a teenage witch, and — lo and behold — the showbiz newcomer landed a part as the title character’s best friend.
Rodriguez transitioned to telenovelas with roles on such soaps as Marido en Alquiler, Demente Criminal and Tierra de Reyes. We talked to the Los Angeles resident about her latest gig on Maids, as Daniela, a cousin of Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez) who is a rebel with dreams of stardom. The show’s season 4 premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on Lifetime.
What did you like about your years in Miami?
The weather. Yeah, everyone complains, but I actually love it. I love the fact that I can be in shorts and flip-flops at 3 a.m. chilling with my friends in my back yard. And get in the pool if we feel like it.
What’s a typical day for you?
I wake up late — 11 a.m. — have my coffee in my living room, reading blogs and news. Then it’s time to work out. I’m training now with my girl Sarah K, then maybe auditions or singing class. Later I meet up with any of my friends and finish the day with Netflix and my hamster Ofelia until we fall asleep.
How are you enjoying being on “Devious Maids?”
We all get along amazingly — everyone from behind the cameras to in front of the cameras. They have been together since season 1 so they know each other pretty well. I was the ‘new girl at school’ and they welcomed me with open arms. It made me feel at home. And I love how Dania Ramirez pranks everyone every day!
How did you get to where you are today?
Oh my goodness, so many things happened. Leaving Argentina in 1998 to live in Guatemala for 10 years, moving back to Argentina, then to Miami, then moving by myself to L.A. I started college thinking I was going to pursue travel and tourism, but acting fell into my path out of nowhere and didn’t let me ignore it. I haven’t stopped acting even for a second.
What’s the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you and why?
I’m constantly asking for advice. I think that every single human has such an interesting, different life story that nobody would ever give me the same advice twice. My parents have great stories. My mom always tells me that nothing is as serious as it looks; to relax, to not take things so seriously (because I’m so intense). As simple as that sounds, to tell yourself to not let a little problem take you away from the big picture [helps me]. Life is so big and beyond that one little problem.
Who is your inspiration?
My family. They make me want to go out there and nail every audition. My dad, my brother and my mom inspire me every single day. My brother is a surgeon and is doing a masters degree program in neurology right now in Spain. He is insanely smart and works so hard. I’m so proud of him.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Ya habrá tiempo para estar tristes. Años para estar tristes. Y toda la muerte, que es tan larga. Ahora no. No tenemos derecho.” It’s by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano and means, “There will be time to be sad. Years to be sad. And death, which is so long. Not now. We have no right.” I don’t think it needs any explanation. When I discovered it, it changed my life.