01/13/2014 05:45 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

'The Fosters' Star Cierra Ramirez Talks Favorite Latino Traditions

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Texas-born starlet Cierra Ramirez has been making waves as Mariana Foster on ABC Family's new hit show, The Fosters.

The 18-year-old Mexican-American belleza is a familar face on the network, having played Kathy on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. You may also recognize Cierra from Girl in Progress, where she played Eva Mendes' daughter, Ansiedad.

We spoke to Cierra to talk about new episodes of The Fosters, her music career, her Mexican background and more. Check it out:

What do you love about playing Mariana?

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