The Hollywood Reporter Names the Young Hispanic Hollywood Class of 2013
"People stop me in the street and are just thankful that the story is being told," says Diaz, 29, of the emotional response she's gotten for her work in Fruitvale Station, The Weinstein Co.'s awards contender about the real-life shooting of Oscar Grant.
Diaz, whose grandparents were born in Puerto Rico, will continue her hot streak with a role on HBO's upcoming season of Girls and in the character-driven drama X/Y with America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn.
Role model: "When Salma Hayek did Frida, she did that on her own," says Diaz. "She took on an executive role and that's inspiring, women who aren't just actresses anymore."