Tatyana grew up in a household that spoke Spanish and fully embraced Panamanian culture, often indulging in the country’s food, music, and dance. However, Tatyana knew little of the family life her mom left behind. All she knew was that her grandmother, Estella, had fled Panama to escape an abusive marriage and relocated to America with her five children in tow.
Tatyana seemed to have it all. After landing the Fresh Prince role, starting a successful R&B career, and graduating from Harvard, she felt she was still missing something. Since childhood the 32-year-old actress had harbored a desire to re-connect with her family’s heritage, history and culture. “It’s much easier to know exactly where you’re going when you know where you come from,” shared Ali about her experiences on her life-changing trip to Panama.