Por yacevedo
Updated Mayo 02, 2014

As a little girl, Génesis Rodríguez would tell anyone who'd listen that she was going to be an actress some day. After all, this U.S.-born stunner was no stranger to the limelight thanks to her father, legendary singer and actor José Luis Rodríguez ‘El Puma'.

At 17, she stepped out of his shadow, taped her first Spanish-language telenovela and set her sights on Hollywood. Since moving to Los Angeles four years ago, Génesis, now 26, has appeared in movies like Man on a Ledge, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Identity Thief and The Last Stand.

“I'm so unbelievably happy and blessed, and just so thankful with life right now,” says Génesis, who graces the cover of our first ever Chica issue. “I am living my dream every day.”

One of Hollywood's newest -and rapidly rising- Latina stars, Génesis feels honored to represent her community in mainstream entertainment . “I am so unbelievably honored. There are bilingual, bicultural girls, boys who have both worlds so integrated and I feel so honored to be representing that. I always saw myself as American as everybody else; just recently I realized that I'm not, but that's a good thing. Talent, focus will prevail,” she says.

For more on Génesis Rodríguez, pick up the latest issue of People en Español magazine, where you will find our first Chica issue. On stands today.