Is not throw­ing away her shot

Sharp - - CONTENTS - By Pe­ter Saltsman

Brook­lyn Ni­ne­nine’s Stephanie Beatriz is liv­ing her best life.

IT’S HIA­TUS SEA­SON in Los An­ge­les and the sun is shin­ing. A per­fect morn­ing for a pa­tio and some elab­o­rate nut-berry-yo­gurt con­coc­tion called an “Op­u­lent.” “That’s the most L.A. drink I’ve ever had in my life,” says Stephanie Beatriz, the ac­tor you prob­a­bly know best as Rosa, the hard-edged, leather-clad foil to Andy Sam­berg in Brook­lyn Nine-nine. While its fifth sea­son pre­mieres this month, Beatriz is en­joy­ing her down­time. In ad­di­tion to her lazy mid-week morn­ings, she’s wrap­ping up a star turn in a new in­die film, The Light of the Moon, in which she plays a woman strug­gling to cope af­ter be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted — a def­i­nite de­par­ture from her mostly light-hearted day job.

Even on her net­work sit­com, though, Beatriz is push­ing the en­ve­lope. “Rosa’s a su­per-badass, smart, funny, dope fe­male char­ac­ter,” she says. “That doesn’t hap­pen enough on TV.” See­ing new takes on old char­ac­ter types is also why Beatriz is ob­sessed with the mu­si­cal Hamil­ton. She spent part of this off-week singing one of her favourite songs on Twit­ter for a char­ity drive or­ga­nized by the show’s writer and star (and a close friend), Lin-manuel Mi­randa. “In that first song, where they sing the line, ‘An­other im­mi­grant com­ing up from the bot­tom,’ I started to cry in the theatre,” says Beatriz, who was born in Ar­gentina and grew up in Texas. “I thought, They’re talk­ing about me!” Sit­ting in Los An­ge­les, drink­ing a ridicu­lous drink, it’s ev­i­dent just how far up she’s come. “I just had pan­cakes. This af­ter­noon I’m go­ing car shop­ping,” she says. “I’m liv­ing my best life.”

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