This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Walt Disney Studios and the #WeAllGrow Latina Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I used to believe that only people in movies did extraordinary things. As a child, I would look to my favorite movies that took place “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away” and I would want to be like the main characters. They were exciting, and fun, and they were on adventures to save worlds, change fate, and along the way, find their own destiny. It was the things my imagination would go wild with and that I very much longed to be a part of. However, as it turns out, ordinary people that live among us do the extraordinary every day.
My grandmother is one of those people.
In the late 60’s, my grandparents decided to come to the United States. My grandfather came first to find work and a place to live. A few months later, my grandmother packed up their belongings, and along with their four children, moved to a new country where she didn’t know anyone and didn’t speak the language. My grandmother’s super strength is her unwavering love for her family, and her dedication to give us everything she can. Since the day she stepped off that plane in the late 60’s and made Los Angeles her home, she has learned how to speak English, become a U.S. Citizen, raised four children, cared for eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. My grandfather passed away ten years ago, and my grandmother is still the very heart of our family. She makes sure we stay connected and despite living two hours away, she never misses a birthday or a holiday.
In many ways, when I watched the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One film, I thought about my grandmother.
I know you’re wondering how I relate my grandmother to Rogue One? Well, Rogue One is unique from any other Star Wars film in its style and perspective. It includes massive battles, but ultimately it is a very personal story told through the eyes of five ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things. Plus, it’s diverse cast featuring Felicity Jones (UK), Diego Luna (Mexico), Ben Mendelsohn (Australia), Alan Tudyk (U.S), Mads Mikkelsen (Denmark) Forest Whitaker (U.S.), Riz Ahmed (UK/Pakistan), Jiang Wen (China), Donnie Yen (China/Hong Kong), kinda reminds me of living here in Los Angeles. We are a melting pot with unique cultures and people all over this amazing universe…I mean, city. Heh.
A story of ordinary people doing something extraordinary with a unique style and a personal story? Yea, that is the story of my family…and that story began with my grandmother.
Star Wars: Rogue One opens 12/16/16, check out the trailer and tell me how you are part of #RebeldesUnidos.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walt Disney Studios and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. The opinions and text are all mine.