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West Side Story's Ariana DeBose Talks About Filling Rita Moreno's Shoes & Why She Gifted Her a Bra

West Side Story's Ariana DeBose Talks About Filling Rita Moreno's Shoes & Why She Gifted Her a Bra

Ariana DeBose is the lady in red while stepping out for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday (December 8) in Hollywood.

The 30-year-old actress, who plays Anita in the movie remake of West Side Story, opened up about filling the shoes of the legendary Rita Moreno.

“These are really large shoes to fill,” she said. “It’s a role that means a lot to [Latinx] because it’s how we get to be seen.”

“Being Afro-Latina, I’m really proud I get to do this because this is the thing Rita gave me,” she added. “She let me know that I had possibility. There was the possibility of my success because she sort of looked like me.”

Click inside to find out what else she had to say…

Ariana also talked about the time she gifted Rita her bra while on the set of a photo shoot. Watch the interview below!

Make sure to see photos from the West Side Story L.A. premiere this week.

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