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'In the Heights' Actor Leslie Grace on How Jon M. Chu Helped Her Shoot That Pivotal Dinner Table Scene

Cosmopolitan
 3 days ago

Cover picture for the article[This interview contains spoilers from the movie In the Heights. Read at your own risk!]. One of the most exciting things about watching In the Heights is that, amid huge dance numbers, beautiful songs, and a really great pool scene, there are tons of fresh faces on the screen, including actress Leslie Grace. Grace, whose name might be new to you unless you listen to bachata, a style of dance music that originated in the Dominican Republic. Grace’s career began in earnest when she released her first album on a mainstream label—2013’s Leslie Grace. Prior to the self-titled album, Grace had only released a Christian album independently. When she signed her deal, the label decided to switch Grace’s genre to bachata, music she was familiar with because her parents are Dominican. She didn’t waste time making history. At just 17, she became the youngest woman to top Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with her 2012 debut single—a bilingual cover of The Shirelles’ hit “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”

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