Daniella Alonso was 15 years old when she started working on television, and she has not stopped since.
With a resumé that includes acting for the "One Tree Hill," "The Hills Have Eyes 2," "Wrong Turn 2: Dead End," "My Generation," "The Collector" and "Rhythm of Saints," the 34-year-old is now part of the hit sci-fi series in America, "Revolution."
Born in New York City of Puerto Rican and Peruvian ancestry, Alonso said she's always loved movies.
“Growing up I wasn't sure about acting, but I knew I wanted to be part of the movie industry," said the actress. “I definitely got into the business because of the creative side of it. Thankfully it has all been pretty sweet.”
The actress started her career with the modeling agency FORD, and soon after had bit parts in movies and commercials. When she turned 26, Alonso was given the part of Anna Tagarro on the show "One Tree Hill," her biggest role yet and one of the most important turns of her career.
" 'One Tree Hill' really had an impact on my life. It was the first time I left my house and my family in New York and went to a small town in North Carolina. It was the most incredible experience for me.”
The family-oriented Alonso says she has always been the “good girl.”
“I won’t do anything my grandparents wouldn’t be proud of, like nude pictures. It is just the way I feel. I have nothing against people who are comfortable enough to do it. It’s just not for me,” she said.
The actress also went to college while acting and modeling in New York.
“My dad didn’t want me to go for drama in school, so I chose the closest thing to it and got a bachelors degree in Communications at the Manhattan College,” shared Alonso.
Alonso is now very busy working on the next season of "Revolution." The series debuts March 2013 and she is beyond excited.
“To be honest, the show is the most amazing project I have ever been involved with. The directors really keep it real for us, and I basically feel like I really am Nora [Alonso's character in the series]," she said. "We shoot in the middle of the desert in a temperature of 115 degrees, and we make our own bombs, work with real guns and it is all so intense.”
Alonso's character plays a central role in the next season of the series where she kicks some butt.
“Nora is a rebel... she’s had a miscarriage and that kind of changed her views. She doesn’t take anything from anyone, she’s all about man and woman being equal and she can really beat the guys up. But what I really like about her is that she is very practical; there is no nonsense with her,” said Alonso.
While she admits that luck helped her Hollywood career, she says hard work also played a part.
When Alonso first started looking for acting roles the only available parts for Latinas were “pregnant immigrants or gangsters,” but now the spectrum is wider.
“I can play an attorney, a doctor, a cop, a rebel. It is just such a difference from when I started,” she said.
“I want to see if it will be possible to squeeze one or two movies during my break from "Revolution" after March. I really want to work in a movie with Quentin Tarantino," she said. "I think he makes fantastic movies. I love people that create a different reality for the actors to live in.”
Alonso will also be on the March 2013 edition of "Maxim" magazine, her second photo shoot with the magazine since 2006.