Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/13/20-
What led you to act?
My grandmother Jody Boley will forever be my biggest influence in the acting industry. She was a trick horse rider in the circus during the 50s, and shared her love for the arts with me. I grew up putting on plays, building sets, growing my imagination, developing talents; and my grams fed my soul every step of the way. Even after her passing I find myself connecting with her,and keeping her memory alive with everything I do.
What are your favorite genres?
The further I get into my career the more I find a new love for each genre. They are all so fun, and challenging in different ways. If I had to choose, I would pick horror. This genre fascinates me, and has challenged me beyond what I thought I was capable of. Learning lines in Latin, creating guttural sounds, and contorting your body in ways you didn’t think were possible. I love being the monster and the victim, but being able to frighten people, and put them on a different level of reality is exhilarating.
What is your favorite role?
Lifelong is my favorite role, I play a mother of a teen boy that sleeps with my best friend. This film was a challenge for me; but in the best ways. Really putting yourself in the shoes of a woman that could easily be myself was scary, but I connected to the pain that the character felt as if it were my own. It’s my favorite role to date because it pushed me to places I hadn’t gone yet.
Tell us about “Fish Outta Water.”
Fish Outta Water was an homage to the sitcom genre. Maria is an American woman with a suggestive name, and an ambiguous look that she uses to her advantage. Unfortunately, her culinary skills don’t match her Latin looks, and her suitor Nigel is the unfortunate benefactor of her deception. Directed by Bobby Best.
What did you enjoy most about your role in “Barbies Party Hard?”
Working on a passion project that will help the future of our youth set a perfect tone to how I want to live out my career. It was a blast filming. Barbies Party Hard is a film dedicated to the education of our youth on the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs, and or alcohol. The film follows a group of teens through a typical party weekend. The teens plan an elaborate rave, and what they think will be the best night of their lives. When the unthinkable happens, their lives are changed forever.
Describe your acting style.
My acting style is a combination of many acting techniques from the greats like Sanford Meisner, Konstantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg’s, Viola Spolin, James Ciccone and Markus Flanagan. I pull from real life, every role I have played I have experienced it in some form. Either I have personally gone through something similar, I have watched someone else that I’ve loved to go through something similar, or I can pull from a feeling from a personal experience and connect with the character. I tend to connect with the heavier, grittier roles, because I can put so much passion into my acting. Comedy is also something I am drawn to because I’ve yet to get my feet wet. I find comedy to be a big challenge for me because of the lack of experience, but I’m really looking forward to feeling more at home in the comedy genre.
Share your upcoming projects.
I have an upcoming supporting role as Mrs.Griffin in the film Book Wrap. I play a understanding teacher that helps a few Chinese students adjust to a new life in America. I also have a few voice over projects in development I’m not yet allowed to speak about in detail, but I’m really excited about.