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June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Los Angeles, CA - June 3, 2021: Gloria Calder??n Kellett, a writer, actress and co-showrunner of One Day at a Time, photographed at her office in the Playa Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. CREDIT: Damon Casarez for CNN.

A disturbing pattern led Gloria Calderón Kellett to reimagine her role in Hollywood and become one of the leading voices calling for improved Latino representation.

(CNN)A disturbing pattern led Gloria Calderón Kellett to reimagine her role in Hollywood and become one of the leading voices calling for improved Latino representation.

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Calderón Kellett would come home from school and watch "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" while her grandmother would sew draperies or cook dinner for their close knit, Cuban American family.

Fascinated by the shows, Calderón Kellett said she began dreaming about working in television.

Years before becoming producer and showrunner for the much loved reboot of "One Day at a Time," Calderón Kellett became an actress.

It was then when Calderón Kellett realized that to make an impact in the industry, she would have to learn how to write for TV and eventually craft the authentic stories that she wanted to see on screen.

The series changed her life and brought her to the spotlight, Calderón Kellett said, but, she added, she feels far from reaching her artistic peak as a showrunner and wants to do more to advance Latinx representation in entertainment.

That specificity is what was so great about 'One Day at a Time. ' I got to talk about so many specific things to my Latino American experience and people from so many other communities said 'I'm not Cuban but my mom did this' or 'I saw my family in your family. ' Because we were so specific, it made the story universal. "

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