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Interview: Daphne Rubin-Vega & Dascha Polanco Talk ‘In The Heights’ And The Importance of Representation

Jon M. Chu’s latest turn in the director’s chair, In the Heights, is now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max!

In celebration of the film’s release, we sat down with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Dascha Polanco, who star as Daniela and Cuca, respectively. 

During the chat, Polanco spoke about being a part of the film and how special it was to be part of the ensemble cast and how much it meant to her. Polanco then went on to speak about the importance of representation and how it is important for films like this to shine a spotlight on how authentic the Latinx culture is. Rubin-Vega is no stranger to musicals so she shared her thoughts on going from theater to film and what she hopes people walk away with after they see the film. 

Check out the interview with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Dascha Polanco below: 

In The Heights Official Synopsis

Lights up on Washington Heights, a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community.  At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi, who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. 

The film stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits, and Lin‑Manuel Miranda.

(Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

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