To this day, my family keeps asking me about the whereabouts of “Paulita”, my fictional daughter in this Publix commercial.

This commercial is in Spanish and centers around a mother and daughter preparing for the “Quinces” (15th year birthday) of the daughter.  The casting directors wanted me for the part but did not want my red hair.  Being a redhead can be an impediment to getting hired, especially in Spanish-language commercials that frequently presume all Latins to be dark-haired.

So what was the solution?  They dyed my hair brown for the commercial.  The ad remains in heavy rotation all over Florida on Telemundo, Univision and other Spanish-language stations.  My hair did not remain brown.