The Dominican actress admits she was completely humbled and floored when she discovered she was this year's recipient and she confesses the gala at the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on 27 June (15) is an event she's unprepared for.

She tells the Latin Post, "It makes my stomach get full of butterflies because... I don't feel entitled, and at times I feel like, 'Why am I getting this?' Sometimes I feel like I don't deserve what I am getting.

"It's an honour to be acknowledged, especially to be acknowledged from your own people. I try my hardest to work hard and represent my Latino culture, to be the best at whatever I put my mind to, and, to be rewarded at this point in my career, it's a an honour. I am humbled by it and I am so thankful for it."

Past recipients of the coveted Lupe Award, named after late actress and activist Lupe Ontiveros, include Raul Castillo and Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez.

This year's Latin Media Awards prizegiving will also be a big night for Raquel Welch, who will be handed a lifetime achievement honour. Welch joins past recipients Andy García, Danny Trejo, Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos and George Romero.

Others claiming trophies on the night include Latino funnyman Eugenio Derbez (Outstanding Achievement Award).