Interview: Roselyn Sanchez from “The Game Plan”
Interview: Roselyn Sanchez from “The Game Plan”

The Massie Twins recently got to sit down with actress Roselyn Sanchez to talk about her new film “The Game Plan,” opening wide on September 28th, 2007.


The Massie Twins: Can you tell us a little about your dancing background and how it helped for this film?

Roselyn Sanchez: I took ballet from age 4-19. When I was a teen I realized I wasn’t going to make any money dancing in Puerto Rico. I started doing jazz, and then I did a TV show for three years, moved to New York and didn’t take one dance class, because I’m thinking I want to sing and act. When I moved to Los Angeles I booked Fame LA as a dancer, started dancing all over again, and after that didn’t dance until Yellow [2006]. Then I didn’t take a dance class for two years and then got The Game Plan. So it’s been really interesting.

MT: What drew you to this project?

RS: It was a Walt Disney script, with Andy Fickman and The Rock. When I read it I said “I want to do a comedy so badly,” because of doing three years of “Without a Trace”, playing an FBI detective every week. “Trace” was so serious, I wanted to do something lighter that I can go to work and have a laugh – so I was really excited. To be in a movie that’s PG was great because the last three movies I’ve been in my nephews couldn’t go see.

MT: What is your take on your character as a Latina personage?

RS: It wasn’t a conscious decision. I wanted to do The Game Plan because it portrays a classy and talented Latina. I’ve been blessed because every single role I’ve done has been an educated person. I’ve never done the stereotypical Latina, even though I have an accent – I’ve always been able to play educated people. That’s a good thing!

MT: Did anything shocking, unexpected or unscripted happen on set?

RS: Because we’re dealing with Boston Ballet talent, even the little girls act like it’s military school. They’re very disciplined and wouldn’t talk. Once they got comfortable with me they acted more like kids. They would raise their hands for things and I was the teacher, so I had to play the part. They would call me “Ms. Sanchez”, and I would say, “Call me Ros” and they would say “Ms. Sanchez.”

MT: What was it like working with The Rock?

RS: Awesome. He was so sweet and charismatic. We have an equivalent of Dwayne in the Latin margin – he smiles and wins you over.

MT: What are your current and future projects?

RS: I’m working on the third season of “Without a Trace” – no movies right now. I’m looking for the next script that excites me. When you do a TV show, you’re not available until your hiatus. For me, that’s May of next year. I booked this on my last hiatus last summer, and the day before we started shooting Dwayne injured his Achilles tendon, so for three months the whole thing was canceled. When they called me and said they’re going back into production, I was doing “Without a Trace” so they said “you’re not available.” I cried “Please let me do it!” And they were so kind – for two months I was flying back and forth doing both projects.

MT: Do you enjoy working in TV or film?

RS: Movies. TV is a bigger commitment. I love the check every week, but the movies are a different world.

MT: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you?

RS: Oh my God. There’s so many – I’ve been so blessed. Probably being able to spend eight years of my life with Mota, my little dog. My mom getting cancer and recovering was incredible too. My dog. Sorry. How sad is that? When I’m a mom, I’ll tell you “my child,” but I’m not a mom.

MT: Would you consider acting in other genres, such as horror?

RS: Sure, because they always open #1. I don’t understand it, but every horror film is huge. I would consider one but I don’t know if my heart would be in it. I love drama. I know that romantic comedy is where the money is, and that with the way America is nowadays, people need to go to a movie theater for two hours and not worry about anything and have a good time.

MT: What advice do you have for aspiring young actors and actresses?

RS: Don’t look up to all the young figures that are part of the business but not representing performing in a good way. And always listen to your mom and dad. If you want to get in the business, it doesn’t matter what age, it’s based on rejection. So for the most part, you’re going to get a lot of “No’s”. You have to develop very thick skin. You have to move on.

MT: Were you a fan of The Rock as a wrestler, or were you familiar with his movies?

RS: Yes I was. I think every girl in America is.

MT: Tell us something about The Rock we didn’t know.

RS: He loves singing. In the makeup trailer there’s always music, or he’s always singing Elvis Presley.