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‘Ballers’ actress: The Rock is all around great guy

Arlyn Broche
Arlyn Broche

Remember this name: Arlyn Broche.

She’s a star on the rise — and is all about the 305.

Not only did the Cuban-born Broche grow up in Miami — attending G. Holmes Braddock Senior High and Florida International University — but she still works here. The married mother of three plays the recurring role of Tonya the pharmacist on HBO’s sportscentric comedy “Ballers,” which is shot in South Florida and airs 10 p.m. Sundays.

How did you first know you wanted to be an actress?

I’ve been acting since I was a kid. It runs in my blood, literally, my father was a very successful actor in Cuba. I did school plays and fell in love with everything about it.

What’s a typical workday like on “Ballers?”

Being on the set is amazing, like a tight-knit family. The directors I worked with, Julian Farino and Simon Cellan Jones, are visionaries and know exactly what makes a scene work. All the makeup, hair, wardrobe and crew are behind the scenes but contribute so much. Everyone is upbeat and high energy, very much like the show. I feel blessed to be a part of it.

OK, so what is it like costarring with The Rock? What is he like in person?

He’s real nice, down to earth. Very talented and a pleasure to work with. He is very funny, too. It’s hard to contain my laughter with his sarcasm! An all-around great guy.

Since you know Miami so well, where do you like to go out?

Miami is a wonderful city with so much to do. I see a lot of movies at theaters. I’ve always been a big movie buff. Occasionally I go out to eat out with my family at The Cheesecake Factory or a local sushi joint. My favorite restaurant has to be Prime 112.

What else is happening with your career?

I just filmed an episode on CBS’s “The Inspectors” in South Carolina in which I also play a character named Tonya. I must look like a Tonya! I’m currently filming two independent feature films, “Fallaway,” and “Mary.” I’m also working on a web series “Swagg” as the lead.

Is there anything else you want to share with readers?

I’m here to entertain people and make a statement about female empowerment and strength. I want to be a voice for women who have doubted themselves and think they can't do something. I want to be a symbol of peace and freedom. I want to represent our culture and be a source of inspiration.

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