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Hip Hip Zulay!

Zulay Henao talks about playing Marianna on Love Thy Neighbor, a new TV sitcom airing on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.

Kam Wiliams | 6/12/2013, 1:52 p.m.

What excites you?

The power of God, love, and human potential.

Who is your favorite clothes designer?

Oscar de la Renta.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Wow! I truly love this. When I look in the mirror I see my parents’ sacrifices being honored. I see the love from which I was created and the power of the human spirit.

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

I would wish for one last experience and conversation with my grandfather.

Is there something that you promised to do if you became famous, that you still haven’t done yet?

Yes, I’d like to buy my mother her dream home. Hopefully it will happen soon.

How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person?

Heartbreak is essential. We grow, evolve and learn about the most beautiful thing ever: Love! My first heartbreak taught me that love is supposed to add beauty and happiness to my already love-filled life.

What’s the difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person you pretend to be on the red carpet?

There’s this whole sexy thing that happens to women when we walk the red carpet, and it’s all okay! At home, I am so many other things! I am just a girl dreaming. I am emotional and goofy.

What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

Self-awareness and kindness. Being a generous giver!

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?

I would love to meet Martin Luther King. His fearless attitude, leadership and self-awareness changed our world.

With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?

Yes!! I would love to play Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind!

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Always be who you are, be self-aware, and love yourself tremendously!

How do you want to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as someone who gave it all and went for it all, as a woman of strong conviction, character, dignity, and talent who always put God first.