Moreno is also one of the rare Hollywood stars to win the EGOT championship; in addition to the Oscar for “West Side Story”, she also won the Emmy Award and the “Electric Company” for her performance in “The Muppet Show”. Beauty Award and Tony Award for “The Ritz Hotel”.
She said that she became a star because she worked harder than anyone — and worked longer hours.
“I never stopped rehearsing. In fact, someone told me recently that they were an extra dance of mambo at the gym. When we were resting for ten minutes, one of the girls turned to her and she said,’Look at Rita Moreno . She’s still rehearsing.'” She said, “This is the prerequisite for becoming a star.”
She said that despite her talent, she still feels insecure, which stems from the rape when she first came to Hollywood and the racism she experienced.
“I’ve been full of self-loathing since I was a kid because I’m Puerto Rican. When you were young, you were told that you are worthless and you believe it,” she said, adding, “I want women to know this in the world All awards cannot make up for everything I have experienced in my life. The most important thing is respect and self-esteem. It took me a long time to win.”
Moreno also discussed her relationship with Marlon Brando. When Moreno was pregnant with his child, Brando got married. She said he forced her to have an abortion and then she tried to commit suicide.
“What I really want to do is kill the bad side of me that keeps coming back to him. That bad woman who doesn’t respect me, who I am, the other side of me,” she said.
Six months later, she landed in “West Side Story”, which changed her life.
“Anita, someone who has feelings for herself. A sense of dignity. I have to portray this. It feels really good,” she said.
In the new film, Moreno plays Valentina, the late wife of the original candy shop owner Dok.
“West Side Story” will be released on December 10.