It'll be hard to forget how my family threw a building-wide, Hollywood-themed viewing party back in Puerto Rico just to see me say a couple of lines 😂 #proudlatinofamilies, how I could hear neighbors who I'd barely even met cheer for my parents in the background as I spoke to my sister on the phone, how I reconnected with friends I hadn't seen since middle school as they messaged me that they were also tuned in, how I received pictures of TV screens and popcorn bags and excited faces I've known since before I learned what a face was, and how - alone in my room, tucked in with hot chocolate and my open laptop on what I thought would be a night for me to mostly analyze my work - I was everything but lonely.
Getting cast in the show was always exciting, friends, but I hadn't realized that the best part of it would be to discover the many people in my life who would adopt my joy as their own.
You've given me more than I dreamt about when I was four.
It'll be hard to forget last night.
That's a promise I give you in return.