Roots: Mexican

Resume: “Traffic,” “Tigerland,” “187,” “Light It Up”

Next up: Starring with Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and James Gandolfini in DreamWorks’ prison drama “The Castle”; also toplining HBO pilot “Lessons Learned”

Favorite co-star: Samuel L. Jackson. “He was a generous actor, he taught me how to be an entertainer. He, like none other, sets a standard of excellence and professionalism.”

Favorite thing about the biz: “The people you meet along the way.”

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