To lobby for the role of Florencia “Flo” Fuentes in Pitch Perfect 2, Chrissie Fit auditioned twice and wrote a passionate letter to director Elizabeth Banks.

In the letter, she listed out why the film – “which celebrates women of all shapes, sizes, colours and ethnicities” – was important to her. Her effort was rewarded as she nabbed the part of the foreign exchange student who arrives at Barden University and becomes a member of the a cappella group Barden Bellas.

In an e-mail interview, the actress describes her character as smart and sarcastic. Adding, “you never know what Flo will say next.”

Fit’s character definitely says some of the strangest and, yet, funniest things in the musical comedy – the kind of statement guaranteed to elicit some LOL moments from the audience.

Fit is on familiar ground when it comes to laughter and music. “My mum and her sisters can sing. They grew up harmonising while my grandfather played the guitar in Cuba. My dad is an awesome salsa dancer and, always, the life of the party. He is one funny guy. So there’s a big appreciation for laughter and music in my home.”

It doesn’t come as a surprise then that Fit started singing and dancing at a young age. “I think my first ‘legit’ performance was in kindergarten. I sang about a hippo on a fountain in a yellow dress. I was five, so no judgements.”

Meanwhile, she got into acting when she was 12 years old. Her school staged a play and Fit wanted to be involved to impress her then-crush.

But there was a problem – all the roles were already cast. “I went home, read the play, and realised there wasn’t a mean girl in the script. So, I wrote myself that part and pitched it – before I even knew what pitching was – to the teacher. I don’t know if she was impressed or felt sorry for me but she added me to the show. The dude didn’t fall in love with me but I fell in love with acting, so it turned out OK.”

Fit confesses that she always knew that she wanted to be an entertainer when she was growing up. “Plus, I sucked at math and science.”

Luckily, her parents – Miguel and Maria Cristina Fit – are her biggest supporters, having attended every single one of her plays and musicals throughout her school years in Miami, Florida in the United States.

“My mum would bedazzle my costumes and my dad would proudly videotape the entire production of The Crucible, handheld, for three hours. Although his hands would shake after a while, causing my portrayal of Mary Warren to look like she was twerking the whole time, it was so amazing to have them there in the audience. And they continue to be very involved and extremely encouraging.”

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