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Cristela Alonzo’s dream just came true. ABC picked up her pilot, “Cristela,” for its fall 2014 primetime line-up.

You may not have heard of her, but you will. She was named in LA Weekly’s “Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch,” Cosmo’s “13 Female Comedians to Watch in 2014” and “One of the 50 Comedians You Should and WILL Know” by New York Magazine’s Vulture.

But the accolades and the success come after years of doubt, especially from Alonzo’s family.

“How do you tell someone that you want to be in Show Biz…it seems like such a long shot,” Alonzo told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez in an interview.

“My mom raised me Catholic so I’m full of shame,” she joked with Menendez. “I’m my own worst critic, so to not have the support from my family–not because they wouldn’t but because they couldn’t…it was hard.”

Despite not being supportive of her dream to pursue acting originally, the validation of the sitcom pick-up, Alonzo said, is as much a joy for her family as it is for her.

Alonzo is the co-executive producer, co-creator, writer and star of ABC’s new sitcom, “Cristela.”

Credit: Victoria Moreno, Paola Bolano, and Bianca Perez

Want to Be Successful? Don't Listen To Your Family

Cristela Alonzo’s dream just came true. ABC picked up her pilot, “Cristela,” for its fall 2014 primetime line-up.

You may not have heard of her, but you will. She was named in LA Weekly’s “Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch,” Cosmo’s “13 Female Comedians to Watch in 2014” and “One of the 50 Comedians You Should and WILL Know” by New York Magazine’s Vulture.

But the accolades and the success come after years of doubt, especially from Alonzo’s family.

“How do you tell someone that you want to be in Show Biz…it seems like such a long shot,” Alonzo told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez in an interview.

“My mom raised me Catholic so I’m full of shame,” she joked with Menendez. “I’m my own worst critic, so to not have the support from my family–not because they wouldn’t but because they couldn’t…it was hard.”

Despite not being supportive of her dream to pursue acting originally, the validation of the sitcom pick-up, Alonzo said, is as much a joy for her family as it is for her.

Alonzo is the co-executive producer, co-creator, writer and star of ABC’s new sitcom, “Cristela.”

Credit: Victoria Moreno, Paola Bolano, and Bianca Perez

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