Actress Adria Arjona made television history as the first Latina and bilingual Dorothy in the 2017 NBC series Emerald City, a modern take on the classic fantasy tale of The Wizard of Oz. Since then, Arjona has blazed a trail for herself as an actress — specifically an actress of Puerto Rican descent. Right before the release of Pacific Rim: Uprising, she appeared on Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast to talk about opening the industry gates wider to give more opportunity for Latinos and other marginalized communities in front of and behind the camera.


As a daughter of a musician, Arjona said she was a quiet kid until she took about dancing which eventually led to her acting career where she was able to “wear masks” and express herself. When she got into the Hollywood game, it was no surprise the roles that she was getting offered were that of prostitutes and maids. With the exception of her nuanced role in Narcos, she mindfully avoided those types roles and soon stepped into non-stereotypical characters. She starred in the aforementioned Pacific Rim sequel, appears in the forthcoming comedy Life of the Party alongside Melissa McCarthy and landed a role in J.C. Chandor’s Netflix drama Triple Frontier in which she will share the screen with Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Hedlund.

Listen to the episode below where Arjona talks about her Hollywood journey, her inspiration, and shares a very unique hidden talent.