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Cierra Ramirez attended the 2018 Disney/ABC/Freeform Upfront at Tavern on The Green on May 15, 2018 in New York City. She was joined at the event by her friend and fellow 'The Fosters' costar Maia Mitchell to represent the show as well as their upcoming spinoff.
The show will wrap in the summer with a three-night limited series finale event, with a spinoff set to revolve around Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez.
Freeform's The Fosters is ending one chapter and beginning a new one.
The younger-skewing Disney-owned cable network is set to conclude the GLAAD Award-winning drama's five-season run with a three-night limited series event in the summer. At the same time, Freeform has handed out a straight-to-series 13-episode order for a spinoff starring Maia Mitchell (Callie) and Cierra Ramirez (Mariana) as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives.
“First and foremost, we want to thank our fans — our supportive ‘Fosters Family’ — and Freeform for fostering this show," creators and executive producers Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige said Wednesday in a joint statement announcing the news. "It’s been the privilege of our lives to get to shepherd this beautiful family through five seasons of love, laughter, heartbreak, tribulation and triumph — and message to the world that DNA doesn’t make a family, love does. All while allowing us to explore some of the most pressing social issues of our era. Now that the kids are growing up, it’s time to take them out into the world, to see them make their way into adulthood, continuing their search for identity and love, and the pursuit of their dreams and purpose in this ever changing world.”
The 10-episode second half of season five will return Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform and include the landmark 100th episode. The three-night limited series finale event will air in the summer and lead directly into the new series starring Mitchell and Ramirez, who played adopted siblings in the Foster family. The original Fosters producing team — Bredeweg, Paige and Johnson as well as exec producer Jennifer Lopez — will return for the finale event as well as the untitled spinoff. Additional casting for the spinoff will be announced later.
The decision to wrap The Fosters and lead into a spinoff comes as Freeform is changing its approach to scripted. Rather than blocks of programming, the younger-skewing network is focusing on an hour across four nights of the week and using tentpole movies as lead-ins. The Tom Ascheim-led cabler has, since rebranding from ABC Family, focused on what it calls "becomers" — the young-adult demo experiencing a series of firsts in life (like love and work). To that end, Freeform's scripted slate also includes Grown-ish, The Bold Type, Alone Together, The Siren, Famous In Love, Young and Hungry, Shadowhunters, Beyond and Marvel's Cloak and Dagger. The network is also readying a spinoff of its most brand-defining hit, Pretty Little Liars. That project is also expected to go to series.
All credit for this article goes to Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter
Few actresses emerging into the mainstream have enjoyed as commanding a debut as Houston-native Cierra Ramirez. The now 21-year-old co-starred alongside Eva Mendes and Patricia Arquette in 2012’s standout drama “Girl In Progress”. After nabbing the coveted Favorite Movie Supporting Actress Award at the 2012 ALMA Awards, it was apparent the talented teen was one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. Shining on screen since childhood, Ramirez played in several film and TV movies before landing the main role of Mariana Adams-Foster on Freeform’s fan favorite family drama The Fosters.
Also a talented singer and live performer, the diminutive dimepiece considered to be one of entertainment’s flyest five-footers recently released her latest EP titled “Discreet”. The project’s six song offering is perfect for partygoers and boasts a lead single – “Faded” – which features LA mainstays Honey C and Casey Veggies. After a sexy cover shoot at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with uber popular frame snapper Creations of LA, the hard working Ms. Ramirez sat down with editor ToneSwep for this DOPE MAG exclusive. Get Faded!
(ToneSwep: TS) You are known worldwide as a TV star, largely due to your standout roles on The Suite Life of Zach & Cody, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and now as Mariana on The Fosters. How has your strong command of the screen evolved over time? You have gotten really, really good as a character actress.
(Cierra Ramirez: Cierra) I’ve been very blessed to play such diverse roles in my career so far. I’ve always loved taking on roles that get people talking and taking part in projects that send a message.
(TS) “Girl in Progress” proved a stellar big screen debut for you. The film won an ALMA and so did you for Best Supporting Role. Are we going to see more of you on the big screen soon? If so, any projects on the horizon we can look forward to? We like you on TV, but it just seems like your talents, looks, and personality are destined for blockbuster films.
(Cierra) Thank you so much, I loved that film and the whole process. It really made me fall in love with the idea of film. TV is awesome and I love it, but it’s so fast paced. I don’t get to sit with a script as long as I’d like to where I could with a film. Being busy with The Fosters and now my music, it hasn’t been a main priority but it’s definitely never left my mind. I’d love to book a film sometime real soon.
(TS) You are better known as a TV star, but recently your music has taken off. You’ve been singing and performing since you were a kid, what prompted you to formally introduce the musical side of Ms. Ramirez to the world?
(Cierra) Singing was always my first love, it’s how my acting career actually came about! But I never wanted to pursue it at a young age. Through a singing competition, I entered the acting category and instantly fell in love. I’d always loved to perform, but never thought about trying it before. 11 years later, it’s still been really good to me and made an even better platform. Being 21 I think I’m at a good age to finally show that side to the world.
(TS) Your debut single is DOPE. “Faded” is perfect for summer radio rotation. Talk a little about how the creation of the song came together. How was the recording process? Tell us why you selected “Faded” as your lead single. What vibe does it bring to the club, the radio, and the streets?
(Cierra) When I first heard Faded, I knew I needed it to be my first single. I knew because I was finding myself constantly singing it around the house and in the car without even having recorded it yet. Damon Sharpe is an amazing producer and the whole process was so easy and organic. I’m happy I got to work with him and even happier it’s the first single like I’d hoped.
(TS) Casey Veggies kills every verse he lays, and Honey C has been underrated as a rap artist on the rise for years. Why did you decide to feature them on your lead single?
(Cierra) Honey C has always been a favorite of mine since a friend of mine introduced me to her music and I actually first heard Casey Veggies featuring on a Neighborhood song. Instantly when I heard that I wanted to work with him. When the opportunity to work with the both of them came about, I was ecstatic.
(TS) Your debut EP “Discreet” dropped recently.
(Cierra) Every song is so different! It was fun to play with different sounds in this process, it’s a cool mix of urban pop. You’ll get your club song, you’re getting ready with your girls song, and songs you’d love to sing to your man.
(TS) Talk a little about your creative process. Some recording artists like to hear a beat and then write to it, others write all day long and then search for the right track to fit the song. How about you?
(Cierra) I’m hoping to get a lot more personal in this following LP, be more involved in the creating process and to have a few more ballads.
(TS) As a songwriter and singer, and also as a stage performer and of course screen actress, you are hyper creative. Your artistic output is displayed in multiple forms. Where does this indefatigable creative spirit you possess derive from?
(Cierra) That’s a good question, I guess it’s just a gift. I’m blessed to also be able to pursue it.
(TS) I need some Boo Thang merch, C. What’s up with your new apparel collection?
(Cierra) Ahh! The merch has been so cool to put out. I love my fans and to be able to give them something like this and see how excited they are really makes me happy. We’ve got t-shirts, sunglasses and my personal favorite, a name plate necklace that says ‘boo thang’. The name sorta came about because I’m known as Miss Thang (Laughs!) People started calling themselves boothangs and it just kinda stuck.
(TS) As a 21-year-old Latina, actress, singer, and now entering the fashion world, you have so many young fans who experience you in each of these different ways. Young girls of all races, from different countries around the world, are huge Cierra Ramirez fans. What do you feel your responsibilities are to these young people, as they in essence shape themselves by watching your grind and experiencing your growth?
(Cierra) That’s such an intimidating position, mainly because I too still feel like I’m growing up and making mistakes of my own. As flattering as it is, I just hope I can make people proud and inspire them all.
All credit for this interview goes to Pure DOPE Label
Barely old enough to drink, singer-actor Cierra Ramirez is poised to take the stage in global fashion with an urban/pop EP release June 20, coinciding with the fourth season premiere of the TV series in which she stars. Delivering instinct-driven performances as one of the kids in Freeform Television Network’s “The Fosters,” Ramirez brings the same gutsy flair to her debut EP “Discreet.”
In a telephone interview, Ramirez sounds every bit the suburban Houston girl with good manners, standard diction, and a presumed tendency to blush at mature subject matter. But don’t be fooled. The diminutive dynamo is not ‘discreet’ when the job calls for florid expression both on screen and at the mic. She gives all - and so convincingly, you’re never sure which flavor of cute-and-hot is baseline Cierra Ramirez.
“I get to play different characters with these songs and kind of bring out my sassy side,” said Ramirez, aka ‘Miss Thang.’ “As different as singing and acting are to me, [the process] is similar in the sense of the emotions and everything - getting into a song and believing in the lyrics. It’s kind of like getting into a script.” Playing one of the adopted children of a lesbian couple on TV is just one of a host of creative risks that have worked out well for her.
The first radio single on the six-track EP is entitled “Faded” and features Epic Records recording artist Casey Veggies and Honey C of radio brand “Young California.” So authentic are her characterizations, “Faded” suggests that the Mexi-Colombian Texan was weened on Nicki Minaj and Louis Vuitton hoodies.
The point is that Ramirez is not monovocal. She even experienced an occupational hazard from her talent for shapeshifting. Returning to school after a summer of work in Hollywood depicting certain personalities, she found classmates avoiding her for fear of the character she had played.
But that’s an anomaly. The precocious singer-turned-actress-turned-singer has garnered more than a million followers on Instagram with that popularity indicator logging 5-6k new followers per week. When the TV show is airing, her numbers jump to 8-11k, peaking at around 15k new lookers each week.
As a child, Ramirez would stage little spectacles at home for anyone from visiting relatives to the postman. Her sister and “best friend” Savannah was right there with her, so it’s no wonder the younger Ramirez is pursuing a career in make-up and special effects.
The drive to perform started in early childhood with hometown singing competitions, landing Ramirez an agent. Thomas Richards is still with her today, along with a music team consisting of her New York indie label Tribeca Music Group and her father.
The musical influence of the Colombia-born patriarch made an impression on his household early on, Ramirez said, remembering songs by Etta James and Patsy Cline. Naturally affected by the likes of Britney Spears, Beyoncé and other pop artists of her youth, her own singular panache emerged from the mix.
The EP project has been a year in the making with Executive Producer DJ Carisma, on-air personality for Young California on LA’s hip hop/R&B radio Real 92.3, who was granted the title “Female DJ of the Year” at the Global Spin Awards last fall. She said of the rising star:
“A lot of artists and projects get presented to me, but Cierra has that something special that I knew my listeners would react to. We cut some great records and Cierra slayed on the vocals and shines in the video. Young California welcomes a new ‘Young Queen.’”
Pre-orders for the album started this month along with a Cierra Ramirez merchandise line featuring the pet name she uses for her fans: “BooThang.”
But even the teaser on her website doesn’t begin to unpack the machine Ramirez is building. The high-profile network series executive produced by Jennifer Lopez is no small thang on its own. But there’s also a Lionsgate’s 2012 release of “Girl in Progress” to boast, starring Eva Mendes and Matthew Modine, for which Ramirez was awarded both the ALMA and Imagen Awards for “Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film.”
It’s hard to fathom how Ramirez has configured her calendar to act, go to school, and start a music career with known quantities. Yet there it is. Follow-up singles include performances by Atlantic Records superstar singer/rapper TyDolla$ign and young social media sensation Dylan Holland.
The album is co-executive produced by Damon Sharpe (Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Alesso) and Clayton William (John Hart, Robin Thicke, Flo-Rida, Justin Bieber). The project is backed through a joint venture between Tribeca Music Group and music veteran Ghazi Shami of EMPIRE Records/Distribution who said he sees Ramirez going far with her gifts:
“We’re excited to partner with Tribeca Music on Cierra’s debut EP. She’s built a tremendous brand as a successful actress, and EMPIRE is excited to help her to do the same as a recording artist. Cierra is super-talented and exactly the kind of mainstream artist that we can help take all the way.”
For Ramirez, “all the way” means more dance. She expects her videos to benefit much from the choreography of Chris Downey, and she hopes an LP and House of Blues tour are on the near horizon.
Ambitious, assertive, professional and fearless, Ramirez rockets into orbit self-propelled. But at the end of the day, she’s that girl from Sugarland, Texas, who credits it all to the support of her family. “They sacrificed everything in order for me to live my dream.”
All credit for this interview goes to Roxane Assaf Lynn at The Huffington Post
ABC Family, now Freeform, really pushes the boundaries with its content. From discussing growing up as a foster child in The Fosters to producing the first mainstream show that shoots entirely in American Sign Language in Switched at Birth, this network truly produces an eclectic mix of programming to provide a voice for those who often don’t have one.
In this season of The Fosters, we get to see how Callie (Maia Mitchell) adjusts to her new life as she was just adopted, Jesus (Noah Centino) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) handle their surprise when an old friend returns, and Mariana running for Junior Class President.
As a character, Mariana is a wonderful role model for teenagers as she’s an ambitious young women who knows how to dance, sing, and code. As a person, Cierra Ramirez was invited to the White House Science Fair last year and met President Obama, and will be coming out with her own solo music later this year. Since The Fosters just started a new season (the show airs on Mondays at 8pm on Freeform), we asked Cierra about what the show has done for kids in the foster care system, which strong women in her life inspire her performance, and about her style icons!
Q&A WITH CIERRA RAMIREZ
ON THE FOSTERS: This show brings the struggles of the foster care system to primetime TV. What do you think this show has done for kids in the foster care system?
One thing that really amazes me is the fact that our writers never seem to run out of content or topics. I always think they’ve touched on it all and then I’m surprised when I read another script! I think they’ve done a really good job of shining the light on a lot of issues that deal with the foster system and making people more aware of those issues.
What do you love about playing Mariana? What qualities make her a good role model for your audience?
I love that she embraces the idea that a girl can be both sexy and smart. Although she’s learning and making mistakes along the way, that’s a big part of growing up and I think she’s got a really good head on her shoulders. I also love her sass!
Mariana will run for Junior Class President this season. Who in your life has taught you to be a leader?
My mom! She taught kindergarten for over 15 years and I always respected her for that because I can only imagine the amount of patience that must take. I love her and she’s always taught me to be a leader rather than a follower, since I can remember.
What personality traits do you have in common?
Most definitely the sass and the love we have for our family, and we both love a good nail color.
You’re coming out with your own music this year. What kind of music can we expect?
I’m super excited for people to hear! It’s been a long time coming. Definitely look forward to a pop/r&b feel and I have some features that I’m also really excited about.
From following you on social media, I can tell your style is feminine and sexy. Who are your style icons?
I really admire Kendall Jenner’s street style, but I can only dream of having the legs to pull off most of her looks! She’s definitely up there along with Rihanna, of course!
What trends are you excited to wear this year, on or off the red carpet?
I’ve been obsessed with strobing lately; I feel like you can never go wrong with a good highlight! I love a fresh-faced dewy look!
All credit for this interview goes to Viva Glam Magazine
Cierra Ramirez made an appearance on 'Home and Family' on the Hallmark Channel on January 29, 2015. Cierra wore a dress by Mistress Rocks and her hair and makeup were done by @blondiemua. During the interview, Cierra talked all things "The Fosters", how she first got her passion for singing, getting recognized, and more! She also stunned the crowd with a performance of Adele's song, "Chasing Pavements". To see the full interview and performance click here.
Credit: Hallmark, Cierra on Instagram
Cierra Ramirez has finally announced that the release of her debut EP 'Discreet' will be this Spring and that her first single "All Day" which was featured on "The Fosters" will be dropping soon!
Cierra released the news on Instagram where she wrote the following caption:
"Sooooo the wait is soon coming to an end! So happy to announce that @tydollasign is gonna be on my debut EP ‘Discreet’. Release Date this spring. Be on the lookout for my first single "All Day" with Ty$ dropping soon. Made possible by @djcarisma @youngcalifornia @claytonwilliam @empire. Go show some love and get Ty$ Debut LP "Free TC" Smarturl.it/FREETC
Credit: Cierra Ramirez on Instagram
Cierra Ramirez Attends the Trina's Kids Foundation 2nd Annual Runway Wonderland Holiday Charity Event
Cierra Ramirez attended the Trina's Kids Foundation 2nd Annual Runway Wonderland Holiday Charity event benefitting The Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Hubble Studio on December 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The holiday charity showcases a fashion show with celebrity guest models wearing designs featuring couture designer Michael Costello.
Cierra looked like a bombshell wearing a 'House of CB' dress. She seems very fond of dresses from this company seeing as she almost always wears their brand to her biggest events these days. She attended the event with boyfriend, Jeff.
Credit: Trina's Kids Foundation Holiday Charity event, Hubble Studio, @cierraramirez on instagram
Cierra took over Latina Magazine's Instagram on December 10th, 2015 to give a behind the scenes look on the set of 'The Fosters' with the hashtag #CierraTakesLatina
Credit: @Latina on instagram
Cierra Ramirez attended the Latina 'Hot List' Party hosted by Media Ventures at The London West Hollywood on October 6th, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. Cierra looked as stunning as ever wearing a 'House of CB' dress and her makeup was done by Sonia @sonialeeartistry. She attended the event with her boyfriend, Jeff.
Cierra was one of the many Latinas being honored at the event for making the 'Latina 30 Under 30' list. She made the double threats: singers & actors category. Cierra and all the other honorees/winners can be viewed here.
Also, to see Cierra act out her favorite emoji click here and be sure to check out this cute little video @TheFostersABCF posted on twitter of Cierra reminding us to tune into "The Fosters" this winter here. To watch Cierra walk the red carpet along with loads of other celebs watch the video below. Cierra appears at the 2:22 minute mark.
Credit: latina.com, @TheFostersABCF on twitter, @Latina on twitter, @cierraramirez on instagram