Gina Rodriguez tagged [Melissa Fumero and I] in this Facebook post, and was like ‘I’m so proud of these Latinas that are killing it!’ And I was like, 'Oh my god! I guess I’ll friend Melissa.’ And we were friends on the internet before we even met in real life.
Now, I had a google alert for Brooklyn Nine-Nine because I had auditioned and then gone for a screen test, and then gone for a second screen test, and I was waiting to hear… And I had a google alert, and it came up that Melissa had been cast in the show.
And I was so happy to see a Latina on the show, but also so devastated, because I knew… I knew there was not going to be any network that would cast both of us as ensemble leads on a show.
So I cried a lot. And I was devastated. And I showed a couple of friends at the time and I was like *imitates crying noise*, 'I’m really happy for her but I really wanted that show.’
It was like two days later when I got the call, and I was gobsmacked.
The world is fucking changing.
And it’s such a testament to the show that they cast both of us! And not only us, but also Terry Crews and Andre Braugher – two black men in positions of power. It was sort of an amazing thing to see.
But yeah, now me and Melissa are real life friends.