Dominican Republic-born actress Aimee Carrero is no stranger to early success. She graduated from college two years early and has already rocked the LSAT (before becoming an actress, her dream was to be an attorney).
But as she cultivated serious book smarts, life took a different turn. First, there was her viral success with her YouTube video, “Sh*t Miami Girls Say.”
Now, she stars as Sofia Rodriguez on the ABC Family hit show, “Young and Hungry.” The sitcom, currently in its second season, follows a wealthy, young tech entrepreneur who hires a feisty young food blogger to be his personal chef. As Sofia, Carerro plays the best friend and roommate of the lead character.
“I think she’s sort of the same person that I would hope to be, which is responsible and very goal-oriented and not a procrastinator like I am,” Carrero says of her character.
In real life, Carrero admits, her work ethic differs a bit from Sofia’s. “Well here’s how it works: It’s Aimee at midnight, gets all the work done, gets no sleep and then shows up on like four rounds of coffee and then somehow pulls it out, so I think I’ve just been very lucky in my procrastination,” she says.
Carrero, who began acting professionally at age 20, jokingly admits she turned to the profession in order to “save the world.” Still, she’s glad her parents pushed her to focus on school. “I think it just makes me a well-rounded entertainer,” she says, “and hopefully all of that … knowledge will come to good use soon.”
When asked about her role as the star in her viral “Sh*t Miami Girls Say,” she laughs. “I’m incredibly surprised, because I’ve been in LA for about six-and-a-half years and, you know, it’s not a long career, but I’ve definitely felt those six and a half years,” she says. “So when people in Miami are just like ‘Oh, I love that video,’ and I’m like, ‘What about the rest of my stuff?’”
The rest of her stuff is about to blow up even bigger. Most notably, Carrero has been selected to voice Disney’s first animated Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. When asked about the pressures that can be associated with such a historical role, she brushes it off. “You can’t think about that because when you’re in the boots you’ll just crack under pressure,” she says
So after all of that, what’s up next for the multi-talented Carrero? Well, there’s possibly a return to theater. “I would love to do 1000 seasons of ‘Young and Hungry’ and a thousand seasons of ‘Elena of Avalor,’ but I think as an actor, I think my dream and goal is to do a little bit of everything,” she says. “I think if you go with the flow and are open, good things come to you.”