How heartbreaking! Fans of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ know Diane Guerrero best as Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series, but on Nov. 17, the actress shared a very personal struggle on CNN: how she survived after her entire family was deported.
Diane Guerrero’s character on the fan-fave Netflix series Orange is the New Black is one rough and tough lady. However, when the actress appeared on CNN on Nov. 17, Diane showed a much different, more vulnerable side of herself as she detailed the harrowing story of losing her parents at age 14, when they were deported back to Colombia.
Diane Guerrero: My Parents Were Deported When I Was 14
While things on the hit show Orange is The New Black can get intense, the real life turmoil of star Diane Guerrero following the loss of her parents is more gut-wrenching than any plot twist on the show. Diane shared the shocking story of her family being deported back to Colombia in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 15.
Diane wrote that she was at school when the government came and took her parents and brother, Eddie. away. She recalls calling her house “a million times,” but getting no answer. She would then arrive home and find her house empty. Her neighbors would later come to tell her the terrible news.
After she “broke down,” she finally heard from her father and mother, who were being detained, awaiting deportation. Following their return to Colombia, Diane was left alone to take care of herself. “Not a single person at any level of government took any note of me,” wrote the actress. “No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat, and at 14, I found myself basically on my own.” Poor thing.
OITNB Star On CNN: “We’ve Been Separated For So Long.”
While appearing CNN, Diane broke down again, tearfully admitting that she’s only able to see her family once a year when she travels to Colombia. “I love them so much and I just — I just hate that they have gone through this,” she said. “And I know I’ve been by myself, but I feel like they have lived a very lonely existence themselves. I’m sorry.” So sad.
But perhaps the most powerful thing to take from her story is the strength Diane found to persevere. After being left alone, the star got herself through both high school AND college, and now has a successful career on a hit TV show. She’s gone through so much pain, but she’s come out the other side a much stronger woman.
Hollywoodlifers, check out her interview in the video below and let us know — doesn’t this story just break your heart?
— Dina Sartore-Bodo