Veronica Sixtos is the star of the upcoming movie Hostile Borders and has appeared in various TV series including Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.
Birthday: January 16th, 1992
Born: San Francisco, USA
Famous for: Actress, Singer, TV Star
Veronica Sixtos was born in San Francisco from Mexican and Portuguese parents.
Sometimes it feels like my sisters and I are the only ones who don’t speak Spanish. Anytime I ever tell someone that I don’t speak Spanish, first they ask me, “What ethnicity are you?” I tell them Mexican and Portuguese – half-Mexican, half-Portuguese – and they say, “Oh so you speak Spanish,” and I say, “Umm not quite, I’m not fluent” and they have this disappointed look on their face like, “Ahh, you should speak Spanish! Oh, but you speak Portuguese.” No, actually I don’t know one word in Portuguese.  [interviews]
Sixtos moved to Los Angeles at a young age to pursue an acting career. Veronica began working on commercials and TV promos but discovered her natural talent for acting when she booked a small role in the award winning film Quincenera in 2006. Within the same year Veronica’s talent landed her guest star roles in several television series’ including, Strong Medicine and the popular Nickelodeon sitcoms Zoey 101 and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.
In 2008, she played the lead role in the short film, Father Time. She landed recurring roles on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place as the bright and bubbly, Nellie Rodriguez from 2007-2008 and TBS’ Tyler Perry’s House of Payne playing the role of the next door neighbor, Alexandra Hernandez in 2009.
In 2012, she released her first music video Stars. Her interest in music initially started when she first performed at the Cobalt Café in Canoga Park when she was 18. She also sang the theme song for the film Secret Asian Man: Rise of the Zodiac.
She played the role of the Azalea in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Last Survivors in 2015.
StarCentral Magazine voted Veronica Sixtos the Female Artist of the Month in July 2015.
Her most challenging role yet is in the feature film Hostile Border playing the role of Pocha, a young illegal immigrant, expected to be released in March 2016.
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“It’s also kind of a cultural confusion for me, and it’s kind of hard to feel like I belong.”
Sometimes it feels like my sisters and I are the only ones who don’t speak Spanish. Anytime I ever tell someone that I don’t speak Spanish, first they ask me, “What ethnicity are you?” I tell them Mexican and Portuguese – half-Mexican, half-Portuguese – and they say, “Oh so you speak Spanish,” and I say, “Umm not quite, I’m not fluent” and they have this disappointed look on their face like, “Ahh, you should speak Spanish! Oh, but you speak Portuguese.” No, actually I don’t know one word in Portuguese. “Oh, okay…” [laughs]They’re no longer interested.
I think it’s also kind of a cultural confusion for me, and it’s kind of hard to feel like I belong – it’s kind of a weird place to belong, in the in-between. You’re not quite Mexican. People see you in America as Mexican so it’s a little blurred.
“When I do interviews and they ask me if I speak Spanish, I can say, “Actually, I myself am a pocha.”
To be honest, I hadn’t heard of the word [pocha] before I started working on the film. And I had done a little bit of research on it and found it was kind of a derogatory term and it’s developed a bad connotation, and it makes sense now. It was cool because now when I do interviews and they ask me if I speak Spanish, I can say, “Actually, I myself am a pocha,” so it works for the film.
If you’re a pocha, you are able to kind of have a diversity about yourself. You know a different culture, and you can relate to more people…With that comes the negative part of it, which is that some people don’t respect those who are within two different nationalities…especially from those who are from Mexico, who live and breathe Mexico. They see somebody who’s from the United States but is also Mexican, [and] they don’t see them as Mexican. And a lot of the time they judge them for that.
“Sometimes I was still Claudia offscreen, and everybody hated it cause I was a bitch.”
After I learned I had been offered the role, I hesitated. I hesitated for about three hours. The reality of taking this role started to sink in. Because if you’ve seen the film, and even if you’ve seen the trailer, you can see that this person is going through some incredibly traumatizing events. But what scared me the most was the sex scene. I’ve never done a sex scene before and I was nervous about it. I was very nervous about it. And my manager was a little hesitant about it too.
When I was in the state of fear and hesitation, Jesse García called me and he said “Hey, what’s goin’ on? Why the wait?” And I told him the truth and he told me, “This is your opportunity; this is your chance to shine. It’s a beautiful script; it’s going to be a beautiful film. And this is your chance to make a difference. You can do this!” And I just had a big old grin on my face by the end of that phone call and I said, “Okay, okay, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna tell them right now.” I’m really, really glad that I did.
Sometimes I was still Claudia offscreen, and everybody hated it cause I was a bitch. [laughs] I was really depressed, and I would have a lot of anxiety, and I would feel so much for her and it was hard to let go. But what I would do to let it go…we were actually staying in a beautiful beach home in Baja, and when we had a little bit of time off, when we were done filming for the day, I would go out to the beach and I would put my iPod in my ears. And I had my hula hoop, so I would go hula hoop around and dance in the water, and that was the best for me.
We were living in the same house for 40 days so we came to get to know each other pretty well. Jesse García is known for pranking people on set. He’s a vegan, but he also eats fish – I don’t know what that’s called. [laughs] But he was always bragging about his dishes because he’s a great cook. And he had a lot of fish, and everybody knew that he was a prankster. When he left – because he was there for about two weeks – when he left we were like, “Okay, he didn’t prank anybody really,” but then we started to smell something really rancid in the house, and it smelled like fish. And we knew it was Jesse, but he said that he had no idea what we were talking about – he didn’t know.
As the weeks progressed, the smell stayed and it got stronger, and it was so rancid. We couldn’t stand it, but we couldn’t find where it was coming from. We thought it was under the floor, in the floorboards. We looked in the cabinets, everywhere, and we couldn’t find where it was coming from. And we never did.