melonie diaz

“I’m tired of playing freaking cha-chas, the sassy CIA agent, the best friend homegirl. I’m tired of that! So when I read this script, I was like, ‘Wow. I know that girl.’ I grew up with girls like this. I know women like that. I grew up in a family of predominantly female bread winners who are strong and have families and are fierce and opinionated. There’s not enough women like that on the screen. So, yes it was a real-life story, but it was also really refreshing to read a character like this that I knew.”

- Melonie Diaz on her role in Fruitvale Station

FRUITVALE STATION (2013). Michael B. Jordan stars in writer/director Ryan Coogler’s emotional true story of Oscar Grant, who was shot to death by police in a BART station in 2008. A rare American film that deals directly with police shootings against people of color.