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OITNB's Latina Stunner Jackie Cruz Talks Season 2, Style and New Career Moves [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]


Jackie Cruz
(Photo : Jackie Cruz's site) Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz is a gorgeous actress whose style inspirations include Cher and Brigitte Bardot. The sexy Latina is best known for her work on the hit Netflix show "Orange Is The New Black." While Jackie plays an edgy goth on the show, her real life style is glowingly swanky.

She acts, sings, designs and is now getting involved in the beauty world. I caught up with this young and talented artist and got the scoop on all of her new projects.

What can we expect from Flaca in season two?

It has been such a blessing filming again. I feel like everyday is Christmas! This season is going to be great. I'm excited for everyone to see it. I can't really say much about it, but there are some very cool surprises this season. Flaca is still cooler them me. Check it out on June 6!

Are you acting in other shows and/or films?

I am! I filmed a new movie written by Director Ivan Godoy and Producer Silvio Pollio in Canada. It's a bilingual movie about the cartel. It was so intense because there are certain things you cant say about them or they will hunt you down and murder you. So the script have to be made very carefully. The film's about Mexican siblings who seek refuge in British Columbia. It was such an intense role to play. In the film I play one of the main characters who is a lesbian, opposite Raul Trujillo from "Apocalypto." He is a great actor and I was so lucky to work with him. He's taught me so much.

Who are some of your main style inspirations?

I love vintage fashion. I would say Cher and Brigitte Bardot for sure. I love Cher's hairstyle and try to style mine like hers from back in the day. I try to take these retro looks and bring them into modern times. I always like to have a pop to my look - something that stands out and is different.

Do you have favorite fashion brands?

Alice + Olivia is one of my favorites. Their recent presentation at NYFW was cool. I also love Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Custo Barcelona and anything that is really unique and different.

What are you listening to now?

Pink, Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey. I also admire Fiona Apple. Everything she does is amazing.  

Are you perusing your music career?

I am! I'm working on an EP to come out this year. It's going to be a collection of bilingual tracks.

Along with acting and singing, what are some of your other interests?

I have an Etsy shop called Hollywood Gypsies started by my cousin and me. We sell all the great little things we find at thrift shops. We also tailor items to fit anyone. It has a bunch of cool standout looks and custom headpieces I make. I'm such a little treasure hunter. Century 21 actually interviewed me about it and featured some of my items on their site!

What's next for you?

I just became a L'Oreal ambassador and am looking into starting my own lipstick collection.  I never leave the house without lipstick on. It's my thing. I love bright colored lipstick and wanna make blue, pink and even green (laughs).


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Reporter's Photo Mar 12, 2014 09:45 AM EDT