How Degrassi brought a lesbian theatre performer to Canada | Xtra


Buddies in Bad Times has let me do a lot of stuff of being like, ‘I’ll make you laugh and then I’m going to hope you cry after this.’ I talk a lot about my mother, my father, my sister, my conflicts with – in Mexico, when I realized I was a lesbian, and then I moved here, and I was like ‘This is not bad – it’s actually pretty good.’ “Monica, my daughter, you have always been so loyal, so I choose you to be a lesbian –” The Cunning Linguist is a show about my life in Mexico, and when I realized I was a lesbian at the age of 12 and how I didn’t know what it was until I saw the show Degrassi, which helped me to come to Toronto because that’s when I realized where the lesbians were. Doing the show has helped me a lot to see where I was, where I am and where I want to be. Buddies has been the place where I have grown up. It was the first stage I ever stepped on, since I moved to Toronto. I come from a place where I thought I would never be able to do this. And not the being an artist thing – being a gay person. I never – here it comes – I never thought it possible to do art that honours the person I am. And it’s good, because I always felt I was doing something right whenever I got to tell my own truth. I used to believe in, like, ‘I want to be this great actor, director, producer and I want to do all this stuff,’ and then the moment I had some freedom, I was just like, I just want to be happy. I don’t really care if I accomplish big, big goals – which I hope I do – but if not, I’m just – I just want to be happy and free, and that’s something that I think – nothing can compare to it.

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