The Avatar beauty lived in her father's native Dominican Republic as a youngster and she enrolled in a specialised dance school - but she quickly discovered she loathed ballet because she hated performing in silence.
She tells Cosmopolitan for Latinas, ""I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can't do because we feed ourselves so much denial.
""In dance, you use every part of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.""