The Saturday morning series CBS’ The Inspectors has managed to educate viewers on the dangers to watch out for in crimes involving the postal service in an entertaining and informative way. The writing is good and the cast is talented and appealing.
Erica Marie Sanchez, who plays Veronica Ruiz, gave The Nerdy Girl Express insight on the show, her character and also her music career. I appreciate her taking the time to answer questions that The Inspectors’ fans may want to know about her and Veronica. Read on to find out what she had to say.
What was it about The Inspectors that attracted your interest in the project?
‘”When I first got the breakdown for Veronica, I immediately knew that I would love the character. Veronica and I have a lot of similarities, which made me very excited about my role and the project. I also really liked the fact that the show had a very important message that would benefit its audience delivered through a good, wholesome show.”
How would you describe your character Veronica?
“Veronica is literally the girl next door and is best friends with both Preston and Noah. She is usually the most cautious of the three but she is also smart, sassy, and fun. I love how hardworking she is when it comes to journalism and the way she cares for her friends and the things she is passionate about.”
What has been your most challenging scene to date playing Veronica?
“I think the most challenging scene for me was the very last scene of Episode 22 in the season finale of Season One. In this scene Veronica is having one last dinner with Preston before she leaves for Italy and it’s a very intense scene where all of Veronica and Preston’s feelings for each other finally come to the surface. But, just as they lean in for their first kiss, Preston is able to feel his leg being touched. It took a lot of work to really understand how emotional this long-awaited moment was for both Veronica and Preston and then to be able to process the kind of shock both of them must have felt when Preston had the feeling in his leg. Bret and I are still very proud of this scene and hopefully will get more like it as their love story continues.”
In what ways would you like to see the character Veronica grow in Season 2?
“My goals for Veronica in Season Two were for her to really come into her own and embrace her newfound confidence after her summer in Italy. I also really wanted her to dive more into her passion for journalism as well as be more open about her relationship with Preston and try to take it to the next level.”
You’ve sang as Veronica on The Inspectors. Did the writers decide to have Veronica sing on the show because they were aware you sang in real life?
“Actually yes! Once I was cast as Veronica the producers and writers were really excited to know that I sing as well and was more than willing to sing on the show. From there they wrote two really fun episodes where Veronica gets to sing and I love that it added this more artistic side to her. I’m so grateful that the writers were willing to give Veronica a singing voice and I hope she gets to use it more later on in the show!”
The vocals on your album Sticks and Stones are amazing. Are you hoping to record another album in the future?
“Thank you so much! I had so much fun recording that song and I’m excited that it’s made its way to iTunes and Spotify. Even though my focus is on acting at the moment, I would absolutely love to get back in the studio and hopefully write and record some more music of my own.”
What is your dream role you would love to play someday?
“That’s a tough question! I always struggle with questions like these. To be honest, I don’t know that there is one singular dream role for me. I just love to take on roles that challenge me as a person and as an actor. What I love most about acting is being able to put myself in someone else’s shoes and allowing myself to see the world from a completely point of view I could never have imagined. As long as I continue to have those kinds of opportunities in my career I will be happy and fulfilled.”
How different is Erica, the actress from Erica, the singer?
“Erica the actress is very focused and always thinking. I think that Erica the actress also takes more chances than Erica the singer. With acting I am able to draw inspiration from the story, my character, even from my fellow actors and their characters and I think this encourages me to try different things as my character and explore what choices my character would make. When I sing and write music I tend to draw inspiration from my own experiences, which can sometimes be a lot harder for me. I tend to take much more time trying to get my lyrics and vocals right and tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to music because I want to make sure that what I create says exactly what I want it to say and I want it to come across to the listener.”
What would you like fans to know about you?
“First of all, thank you for your support! I think something fans might not know about me already is that for a long time I was considering moving to New York and pursuing a career in musical theater. I had dreams to be on Broadway! In the end I chose to focus on my career in film acting but I would still LOVE to have my chance on the stage. Maybe those Broadway dreams will still come true!”
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