What kind of roles do you like to play the most?
I love to play roles that come from true stories, things that are believable and have actually occurred. I love political theater specifically for this reason because I know there is a deep sense of truth for myself while working on the part, but also for the audience watching.
It feels less fictional and more powerful in my opinion. So any roles that reflect societal or political problems or shed light on transitions happening in certain places are what I tend to enjoy the most.
You have done the commercial every actress would want to do, Coca Cola, and not only one but two. How did that happen and what can you tell us about the process and experience?
The first one I was featured in I discovered through a casting e-mail. I showed up to the audition expecting nothing of it, and was happily surprised when I heard I was selected to be among the 5 featured actors in the commercial. The experience was unprecedented, and was fascinating for me! The following year, I was very lucky because the first short film I ever acted in, Never Leave Me, was directed by Elon Zlotnik.
He also went to UCLA and reached out to me about this commercial project which he was helping to produce. Initially, he asked if I would help out with the screen tests to send to Coca-Cola to give them an idea of their script. We shot this in a small UCLA theater, took a couple of hours, and that was that.
Elon called me a couple of days later telling me that not only did Coca-Cola love their script and would finance it, they said they loved me and wanted me to be a part of the final project. This was extremely flattering, and exciting! I got to be in a second commercial, this time as one of two featured actors. Both processes were exceptionally fun! We shot overnight in a closed theater on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Wrapping at 10 in the morning can feel weird, but also magical when you have been working all night on a project you love! Getting “lunch” at 4 a.m. was also a unique experience… But overall, what made these projects so enthralling was the capacity to work with such talented and devoted directors and actors.
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