Growing up, Melissa Villaseñor was, in her words, “the shy kid.” Finding her own voice at an all-girls Catholic high school in Southern California proved tricky, so she tried borrowing some others.
“All of the girls just found me so funny,” Villaseñor says with a touch of faux bravado. “It felt very exciting to find something that made me feel powerful and unique.”
After working the L.A. open-mic circuit in her early 20s, Villaseñor broke through with a deep run on “America’s Got Talent” in 2011. Five years later, she landed a job on “Saturday Night Live” – becoming the first Latina cast member in the show’s four-decade history.
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