You married your husband who's playing with the Yankees.
You're like on top of the world, like everything is perfect
And um the doctor said, oh, well, we need to tell you that your
son has CSIS and, and that was the worst moment of my life right
Laura, let's, let's begin the way we do with everyone with
your name and your nationality.
My name is Laura Posada and I'm from San Juan, Puerto Rico and
Laura, you were, you were raised in San Juan, I was raised in
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Uh from the time I was born until I was 17 years old.
What can you tell me about your childhood in Puerto Rico?
Take me back to that time.
Um I think I had a good childhood.
Uh my mom was a stay at home mom and my dad used to work all the
Um I didn't have all the toys that I wanted and I didn't have
all the things that I wanted.
But um you know, I was happy uh when I got older and I was a teenager
it was a little tougher because my dad was extremely strict
and um if I wanted to participate in sports or any extracurricular
activities or modeling, which I started doing when I was 14
Um I had to have all a s in school.
So it was very tough, especially because my sister who is five
years older than me, um she was like a super, super intense
student, like she had her grade point average was probably
Um And you know, when it came time for me to come to, to her teachers
they were expecting, you know, the same results from me.
And I was like, oh my God, no pressure, you know, what a tough
And my brother was really smart too.
I have a brother, he's four years older and he was very smart
My sister went to Harvard, my brother went to bu my sister is
now a breast cancer surgeon and uh my brother is a biomedical
So, you know, I had a lot to, to prove did that motivate you.
Definitely, you know, I always wanted to, to succeed in life
and growing up in my house, uh we used to play a lot of board games
with my parents, especially my mom.
And even though I was the youngest five years younger than
everybody else, they wouldn't let me win like whatever I wanted
I had to earn and, and I think it was good because they taught
me that if you want something, you really have to work hard
at it, like things are not just gonna be given to you.
So I think, you know, from that and also from participating
in so many sports, I was always um with the mentality that I
wanted to win that I wanted to succeed.
And I always knew that if I worked hard, I could do it.
So, so that was always my mentality that was inculcated at
a very, very early age.
How did you, how did you, uh, get involved with modeling?
How did that come about?
Um, I always, uh, like to like dress up and do my hair and do my
I would do my mom's hair, my sister's hair, um even though I
was the youngest, like I was 12 and I did my sister's makeup
for her senior prom.
Like that tells you I just loved it.
I was just obsessed with it.
And, um, when I was 14, I told my mom that I wanted to model.
So they took me to this agency in, in Puerto Rico.
Uh, the name was Unica.
They took me to the agency and when we walked in, uh, Riad Fernandez
And, uh, she said, you know, you know, why are you here?
What classes you want to do?
What, what do you wanna do?
And I said, I would like to model and she's like, ok, you know
I said I'm 14 and she's like, oh, she looked at me because I'm
only 53 and I've been 53 since I was 13 years old.
So she looked at me and she's like, well, let's try something
There's an audition today for a commercial for a Chile commercial
you know, the chile, I am the gum.
She said, I'm gonna send you to that audition and we'll see
And I'm like, what, like you're gonna send me to the audition
Like, I've never taken classes, you know, I've never done
Like, you're just gonna send me and she's like, yeah, I wanna
So she sent me to the audition and I got the commercial first
time and from that day I never stopped working and you never
You never, you'd never been in an audition.
I acted a lot at my house.
I mean, I thought, I, I mean, I would get in front of the mirror
and I would like, put on my grandma's necklaces and use her
purses and her heels.
And I used to make my own soap soap operas when I had friends
over, you know, to come play, we would do dances and, and I would
do modeling shows and I did it all, you know, I practiced for
it, but at home, home by yourself, Kev and the pressure didn't
get to you to, to go on an audition for a real commercial with
I mean, that's the first day out.
You didn't feel the pressure.
I always uh had this confidence, this sense of confidence
Um I always knew um I would succeed.
I believed in myself even, you know, being really young, like
I was the one who would get in front of the classroom and, and
say, I want the lead in the part of the Christmas show, you know
they used to have always the Virgin Mary.
I wanna be the Virgin Mary.
You know, uh when it was the Halloween, I wanted to be the witch
I don't know, I always enjoyed being in the spotlight.
I felt comfortable there.
I, I didn't feel intimidated by it.
Listen, I'm, I'm, I'm, I'm no psychologist, but it seems like
you have wonderful parents.
Normally that comes from a tremendous amount of security
provided by the parents.
Is that, is that, is that true in your case?
Um My parents were just, I mean, they were really good parents
but I also must say I had a, a caregiver from the time I was born
until I was six years old.
She was a Cuban lady and I think she made it the biggest impact
Um She was the one who taught me um how to pray.
She was the one who would take me to school every morning, we
would just talk and talk and talk.
She never had kids of her own.
Um, she lost like three babies and I think in her heart, she
saw me as her daughter and, you know, my parents were so my dad
was always working, always, always working and my mom was
You know, I had an older brother and an older sister.
So I really bonded with her and the time that she dedicated
to me was priceless and, and she made me believe I was wonder
As a matter of fact, when I, from my, when I turned seven, that
You know, I was wonder woman.
And I really believed it.
And, uh, my dad would always tell me, yes, you know, you look
like her and, and I believed it and, and, and I wanted to be,
you know, wonder woman, not necessarily, you know, to wear
the costume and, and, you know, and fly, but, you know, I just
wanted to do it all and, and, and I knew I could do it and my dad
always told me, you know, and just seeing him, seeing his work
ethic, I knew if I followed his path and I worked hard, I could
And you've become wonder woman.
It's been a process to become wonder woman.
I don't think I'm wonder woman, but I think, but you are, but
you are, you've done so much.
Accomplished so much.
Was that what you dreamt of when you were a little girl?
How did you going back to that time, the life that you dreamt
of what you wanted to be in order to be fulfilled?
Does it look like anything like the life you lead today?
Well, when I was little, I changed my mind a lot on what I wanted
Sometimes, uh you know, I wanted to be a famous model or a famous
actress or an amazing volleyball player or, you know, I just
changed a lot depending on my age and what I was doing.
So, you know, it was, it was always very interesting for my
parents to see what I would come up with.
And then, you know, when I got older and I started uh college
I wanted to do acting and my dad was horrified.
He's like, no, you know, what are you gonna do as an actress
So, so he let me do acting as my minor.