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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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
Interview was written by ToneSwep
Images by Creations of LA