"Yes. I grew up between California and Texas, so when I was in school in Texas I would catch a lot of flack for sounding 'white', but I used to tell kids I don't sound White, I sound like a girl from LA. I know actors from other countries who went to LA to hone their craft because you could learn to act with a neutral accent. The LA accent is the 'anywhere they speak English' accent. I mean, I look back at videos of Tupac interviews, and he doesn't sound 'hood' in the way people often expect rappers to sound. Listen to Dre. It's a West Coast thing. My mother is also from Panama, so sounding 'foolish' was not really an option at home."