Star of the hit ABC-TV
Prime-Time Series "George Lopez"
by Michele Blood
I am so happy to bring to you an interview with a
truly rising star, Masiela Lusha. Masiela plays George Lopez's teenage
daughter, Carmen on "The George Lopez Show". An accomplished actor,
author, model and artist, Masiela first gained attention modeling in
Michigan, and shortly thereafter made the move to Los Angeles, where she
met Rock Riddle. Masiela, along with her mother, (Masiela was thirteen
at the time) took action on all Rock taught them. Of course it worked,
and the rest, as they say, is history. See, my friend, if you truly
study this book, you too can take the right positive action and have
your dreams come true as well.
Masiela is a charming, intelligent, lovely young
woman. Her film and television work includes voice work on "Clifford,
The Big Red Dog"; a guest-starring role on Disney's "Lizzie McGuire";
the host of "Real Life Teens", an educational program; and starring
roles in "Down With Me", "My Father's Eulogy", and "7th Grade: Young
James Bond Chronicles". In addition, she has had many supporting roles
in such films as "Summoning", "Living with Meshuginah Shiksa" and
"Spirit Rising". Her theater work includes "Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory", in which she played the Queen of the Umpalumpas, "Snow White",
"Last Dress Rehearsal" and "The Buzz". Masiela
was named "the youngest author in the world to publish a book" and "one
of the best top ten talented poets for North America", for her book
"Inner Thoughts", which was published in both English and Albanian in
1998. She was twelve years old at the time. She views writing as an
extension of herself, a means of creating worlds without boundaries. She
is currently applying her impressive talents to crafting several
Born in Europe, Masiela now resides in Los Angeles
with her mother. She attends UCLA where she majors in English and
Business. While her first love is acting, she also enjoys dancing,
gymnastics, biking, boating, bowling, cooking, singing, rollerblading,
skiing and volleyball. She also speaks German, French and Albanian.
Michele Blood: First of all Iíd like to thank you, Masiela, for being
part of our book. This is a very special book, and itís really good to
have someone young whose star is rising high. Youíve had such great feed
back for your wonderful part as Carmen on the "George Lopez Show".
Congratulations on that. You are wonderful in the part.
Masiela Lusha: Thank you so much Michele. I am happy to do this
interview for you and Rock.
MB: How old are you right now?
MB: Youíve got a beautiful young face, which is great, as you can
play younger parts as well as your own age. How old is the part that you
play as Carmen on Georgeís show?
ML: Carmen just turned sixteen.
MB: Oh, see, you are, in fact, playing a girl younger than yourself.
Cool. You are a beautiful girl.
ML: Thank you very much.
MB: So, letís start with: When did you first know that you wanted to
be an actress in this wonderful and crazy world of entertainment?
ML: Well, ever since I was growing up, I always loved to be in front
of the camera. I still have home footage where Iím hogging the entire
camera, the entire lens. It just had to be my face or nobodyís face and
doing cartwheels and kidding around. I guess I always had that feeling
that I always needed to be in the spotlight, and, yet, to this day, I
still never feel comfortable being physically in the spotlight, as in
people surrounding me. That still makes me feel a little uneasy, but I
donít mind people talking about me. So, yes, I did grow up having that
feeling ever since I was real young, but I didnít start pursuing it, nor
did I start considering Hollywood until I was about twelve or thirteen,
when my looks could get me modeling jobs.
MB: Wow, that old? (Laughs) No, Iím
just kidding, Iíve been in the industry since I was about six myself so
Iím just playing with you. (Laughs) How did you start though, when you
were that young was it modeling work? What were the first steps that you
ML: Yes, I went to a big modeling company, and I auditioned, and I
got into the class, and from there I met the photographer. I guess that
was my first taste of realizing how intricate and how Hollywood really
is just a web of connections, because, through the modeling company, we
met the photographer who told us about an agent coming from California
to look for new clients. We went to this seminar where there were about
600 kids, and we stayed there till about 5:00 in the afternoon, and weíd
gotten there at 9:00 in the morning. Finally, he chose three to come
back with him, and I was one of the three he liked, so we just packed
our bags and left for California.
MB: So where were you living then?
MB: Oh wow, so your whole family moved to California for you?
ML: No, just my Mom and I.
MB: Oh wow, that was a big commitment. So youíre one of the blessed
ones. You had your familyís support.
ML: Iím so blessed.
MB: Not many people have that, and theyíve got to do it all on their
own, so thatís absolutely wonderful.
ML: Yeah, it is a tough business to do all on your own. You always
need some support, you always need someone to back you up and to remind
you that another dayís going to come.
MB: And whatís your Momís name?
ML: Daniela Haglund.
MB: Well, God bless you Daniela!
ML: I know, I still say, to this day, how blessed I am to have my
mother to support me and to be there for me 24/7.
MB: That is indeed a blessing. Mums are the best!!! So you came to
Hollywood, and what were the first things that you two did?
ML: We got with the agent and then we started looking for a
photographer to get some head shots, and then, you know, itís so funny.
Rock Riddle had been going on for a while, and all our friends knew
about him, but nobody told us about him. They wanted to keep him a
secret. He was giving such good advice and such great input about going
into Hollywood and having all these great connections, that nobody
wanted to share it. We finally found out, eventually, and then it turns
out that all of our friends had been attending his seminars for, like, a
year, and then we realized that this was a guy we should know. So we
went to the first seminar, and he served us pizza, and we were like,
"Wow, pizza and a free seminar-this guyís awesome!"
MB: I know, exactly. He really cares deeply for actors, and wants,
with all of his heart, for people to stop the crazy world of the blind
leading the blind. That is why I, too, feel so blessed to have met him
and to be doing this book with him. The world needs this information on
what to REALLY DO!
ML: Yes, he sure does know this business. So, Rock started talking
about Hollywood and how Hollywood was a business, and just his insight
and his enthusiasm really brought us to our feet, and we said, "You know
what? We can handle this, we can do this." Hollywood is a
business in the end, and Hollywood is a web of connections, and in
addition to talent and looks, itís a business, and thatís what he showed
us. It was a very, very original point of view. Weíd read a lot of books
before we came to California, my Mom especially, and she saw that you
have to be talented, you have to go to acting classes, a good
photographer for head shots, a good personality, but in the end, it
is about the business. We didnít realize that until Rock Riddle told
us, and I have to say that was the best advice I was given, and to
this day, I still say in interviews that Hollywood is a business and you
should be considering it as a business. When you go in the morning
to your work, you have to know your lines, you have to know your place,
because so much money is betted on top of your head, and you have to be
able to handle it. Itís a gamble, and you have to remind the people that
theyíve hired a good person to keep.
MB: How right you are, my dear! And what a mature and respectful
place you come from. Itís so important that you have that desire within
you to be creative, and to be an artist, and do what you want to do.
However, itís also extremely important to not become "precious" and to
be a professional because there are a lot of
people who can take your place, and thatís not
to scare people. Itís simply a fact. Itís for them to realize: It is so
important, at all times, to be deeply appreciative that they chose you,
and to do all you can to live up to what theyíre doing, particularly
with film. They put so much money into it, and sometimes these people
have spent years to get their scripts to the place of even getting
funding. So, sometimes directors or producers may seem a little stressed
out, but theyíve got good reason to be at times.
ML: Seriously. You know Michele, when Rock Riddle introduced us to
the financial side of Hollywood, he stated that every hour over
$15,000.00 goes down the drain. Every single hour they loose $15,000.00,
so, if an actor is acting up and doesnít want to come on the set for
some reason, every hour counts to them, and every hour theyíre going to
remind themselves that this is what we put up with, this is who we
hired, and now weíre losing money because he or she doesnít want to come
out of his dressing room. Things like that are so important. That kind
of advice saves or kills careers.
MB: Exactly, I am sooooooo impressed with you and your attitude!
ML: We were so blessed to get this advice right before we actually
jumped into the pool of Hollywood.
MB: Well, some people know they have this advice and they STILL would
rather run around chasing their own tails, so Thank God you and your Mum
did take action. What did you do next, sweetie, after you got this
information from Rock, and you moved out to L.A. with your lovely Mum?
Then what did you do? You had your agent. Did you start taking lessons
orÖwhat did you do?
ML: Oh my gosh, I was taking so many acting classes, so many
different kinds. My Mom gave me good advice too, she said, "You know,
you shouldnít stick with one acting coach for a very long time, you
should stick with him until you understand that he gave you all his
knowledge. You have to find some of the other acting coaches who have
different insights and knowledge about the business and different ways
of approaching Hollywood." So I was able to go to so many different
acting classes, I was able to understand each of their viewpoints, and I
was able to use them all, and somehow create my own approach to
Hollywood. In the meantime, I was breathing, living, eating, acting
Hollywood, and I made sure that every single day from school, I asked my
Mom, "Was there an audition today? Did I get a callback?" Everything was
all about Hollywood.
MB: So when did you first start getting auditions?
ML: I started getting auditions when I got with my manager, Beverly
Strong, and it was because of Rock Riddle. We went to one of his
seminars where the producers get together with the actors and they
network. That was when I met one of the people who knew my manager. Some
connections were very direct and very complete, and some took another
person to get to know, and that was how I eventually met my manager.
There are just so many different ways, and it just reminded me that
Hollywood is a web of connections.
MB: Yes, it certainly is networking, going to networking events.
Thatís why what Rock does for his APS members is so great. He actually
invites them to networking events with real producers, directors, etc.,
who can get them work. Then, of course, it is up to the individual to
listen, learn, and to take positive action. I was so impressed when I
first met Rock through my friend Matt Way, who invited me, as a
producer, to Rocks event. Class all the way!
ML: Yeah, his events really are.
MB: What were the first auditions like for you? Do you remember your
very first audition?
ML: I do. Oh my gosh, now that I think back, I was auditioning for
ABCís "Once and Again", and I didnít realize it was a drama. I go in
there, and I have this, like, comedy flair to the scene, and the casting
agent just starts laughing, and I didnít realize why she was laughing.
Later I realized what kind of a TV show it was, and I was, like, oh my
gosh, I just made a fool of myself in there. That taught me to really
study each and every show that I auditioned for, because, even though
itís your own individual acting, itís still part of the show, and it
still has to go along with the feel of the show. I learned that the hard
way, but I learned it.
MB: That took a lot of guts for you to go through something like
that, because weíve got to get over our embarrassment and just go for
it, and you did that. As we say Down Under: Goodson love (Laughs). When
there isnít time to study up for an audition, the best thing to do is
just ask questions. Is this a comedy? Is this a drama? Just ask the
ML: Thatís right, exactly.
MB: The casting director wants to find someone. They are there
wanting, with all of their hearts, to find the right person, so asking
them questions is no problem. I think people get a little shy asking
producers and casting directors questions, but itís ok to do that, isnít
ML: Thatís so true. I wish I would have known this earlier when I
first started, because I very intimidated, even though I was very young
going out. I was insecure a little bit, because I wasnít raised to want
to be the center of attention. I just had this natural instinct to want
to be, but I wasnít raised that way, so I never really felt comfortable
going in front of people I just met and spilling my heart and guts in a
scene. I realize now, I realized too late, and I hope that other
aspiring actors donít realize it too late, that every casting director
when you go into their office, they want YOU to be the one!
MB: Well my dear I tend to differ. YOU did not realize too late, as
you are now a star! This advice you are giving our readers from ALL ages
will help them a lot!! You are awesome and such a professional!
ML: Thank you. I do want to help others. And, yes, as far as casting
directors: YES, they want you to be the actor for the part they
are casting, as that IS their job. They want to say, "Yes thatís the
character. The producers are going to be so happy that Iíve found this
actress or Iíve found this actor." They want you to be the one, so
basically you go in there with a clean slate and optimism, and then
maybe you might get it. I was just discouraged a little bit, just my own
insecurities discouraged me a little bit.
MB: Itís a big thing going out on the line for auditions, so I think
this sort of advice is great for any body at any age. Some people donít
find out this stuff for years. Itís never too late though. Youíre a very
young woman, but itís never too late to learn and it will be lovely to
pass on this information to our readers, no matter what their age.
ML: I finally realized, Michele, that this is all a business, and
that they want you to be the one. Itís not about making fun of you when
you leave the room, itís about finding an actor for the scene and for
MB: Masiela, that is 100% right. If casting directors seem a little
intimidating, they sometimes put on a specific role because they know
that youíve got to come through a specific way in a role, so sometimes
they actually put on this role to see if youíve got that type of
personality, if itís a drama etc... Iíve found this with certain casting
directors. Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen said that they donít like
casting directors who are like that. They use casting directors who are
really positive and very life affirming for each person.
ML: That really helps a lot. That really encourages the actor to open
up and do the scene the best they can.
MB: So, any casting directors reading this right now: It doesnít hurt
to be nice, guys. (Laughs) Sometimes casting directors can actually
loose someone who could have been "the one" by intimidating them too
much. Anyway, letís go on to the first audition that you got, your fist
gig. Letís talk about that. What happened there?
ML: It was a J.C. Penny commercial, and it was supposed to air in
Mexico and South America. I went in there, and you just have a feeling.
You understand the scene, or you understand whatís going on, and you
understand the character and what the motivation is. When you know that
person so well that itís almost you, you have a feeling that youíre
going to get it, and thatís basically how it was. I went in there, I
knew the motivation, I knew the scene, I knew what I was supposed to do,
and they liked it, and they called me back. The more they called me
back, the more confident I became and the more I gave them, and, so
finally they said, "Sheís the one." Thatís how I got it.
MB: Thatís fantastic, Sweetheart. That must have been so life
affirming for you and your Mum when you got your first part.
ML: Yeah, I was sweet. I was able, for the first time, to be on a set
and to watch the director work, and it was so cool.
MB: How old were you at that stage?
ML: I was thirteen.
MB: Did you have a reel or anything? Had you actually done any sort
of work in front of the camera before that ?
ML: No, besides doing cartwheels with family home videos (laughs),
that was my first.
MB: Wow, thatís amazing. Congratulations. I bet that the producers
who read this interview are ALL going to be calling your agentJ
ML: Thank you.
MB: Itís very different; acting in front of a camera, isnít it? Itís
really, really different. I donít think most people realize it ítill
they get in front of a camera. Youíve got to forget the camera is there,
but at the same time, youíve got to be on your mark, etc. (Laugh)
ML: Thatís so true.
MB: Letís talk about the next audition that you won. Funny that --
saying Ďwoní. In any other sort of position, we would just say we got
the job, but in OUR wonderful world of entertainment, it is a gig we go
to play at for us musicians, and for actors, they win a part, because
that is how you feel Ė elated, as if you had won a prize. Anyway,
getting back on track (laughs) What happened at your second audition,
ML: My second audition was actually an audition for modeling from my
first agency, and it was with the wonderful Ben Affleck -- print work
actually with Ben Affleck because he was writing an article for a glossy
cover magazine, and they were looking for some models. So I got it, and
I went there, and I did it, and I got to meet him, and he tapped my head
because I was wearing this little hat because it was supposed to be cold
outside in the ad, and I was like, "Hey manÖ" He was so cute.
MB: (Laughs) That he is!
ML: So, I got to meet him. He was the first big actor that I got to
meet in Hollywood.
MB: Thatís exciting, isnít it? Thatís thrilling.
ML: Sure was. He came in on his motorcycle, and he took off his
helmet. He was all set to go. It was so cool.
MB: Thatís great. What was the next thing that you did?
ML: The next thing was "The George Lopez Show", I think, after I got
with my manager, Beverly Strong, whom I found through connections. I
went to the audition, and, again, the casting director was so warm and
friendly. I was a little nervous at first because of the ABC audition
where I did something funny for the drama, but then the casting director
made me feel right at home, and I just opened up right away. I could
sense that she saw me as the character, so she
told the producers. Then a week later I went with the producers,
and then I didnít hear anything. I didnít hear a single thing for
like over a month, nearly two months, and, finally, I gave up and
decided to not think about it anymore, because I had other auditions to
go to. Then suddenly my manager called, and I thought she was going to
fire me because I hadnít gotten her a single job yet. So I said, "Gosh
Beverly, whatís going on, weíre not getting any jobs here?" and she
said, "Oh donít worry, honey, theyíll come, theyíll come," and she
sounded so enthusiastic. It turned out that they were considering me for
negotiation for the ABC network and Warner Brothers. I didnít realize
this was a sign, nobody told me. I see now itís because nothing is for
sure in Hollywood until itís written down on paper.
MB: Thatís right, exactly, and a key here was that you decided to let
it go and keep on going for auditions. I know of some people, who,
because of scheduling etc., didnít even know after six or more months
and then got the part, so one never knows where good is going to come
from as long as we set our vision high and keep persistent with of
course a happy face J OR a clown nose
helps sometimes too!!
ML: That is so true. My agent didnít want me to think I might get a
part in this TV show and then have it turn out that I didnít even get
close to it. So she kept it from me for about a month or so, and,
finally, I found out that they wanted me for negotiations. I went in the
very first time ever in my life to go to negotiations and to go to the
network. I had no idea what I was doing, and then there were four other
girls including me. I was a nervous wreck, and then I ended up getting
it. Then they went down to two girls, it was between me and another
girl. I was really nervous, and at that point I told myself, "I donít
care anymore, I donít care. Just leave me alone. I donít want to do this
any more. I donít want to go in front of all those people Iíve never
seen in my life. I donít want to do it." Then it turns out that they
asked me to come back, and I got it, so I was real excited.
MB: PLUS if YOU are right for the part, they will make it work, as
you also had to dye your hair from blond to brunette, your Mum was
telling me, for the part. So, if anyone out there says, "Well I am not
the right ethnic background etc.", do you know what I say, Masiela?
ML: No what( Laughs)
MB: I say RUBBISH!!! :J Anyway, Hon,
whatís it been like being on the show?
ML: Oh, my gosh, every single day is a new experience for me. I feel
so lucky, because I work with these people who are veterans in their
field, and they know what theyíre doing. These professional, amazing
actors and I just feel like every single day I learn something new
because of them. I feel lucky that I realize, once again, that Hollywood
is a business and these people are so professional. It just makes me
proud that Iím part of Hollywood because of them.
MB: Thatís fantastic, and, again, such a wonderful positive grateful
attitude will get you everywhere. So what about films?
ML: Oh films, I love films too. Iíve done a few films also, and Iím
in negotiations for a few films right now.
MB: Oh, thatís fantastic, sweetheart. Thatís wonderful. The next
question I was going to ask you -- you said youíve been in a few films
before, so letís talk about that. How did that come to be?
ML: Oh sure. I went to auditions as usual, and I got cast. I remember
the very first film I got is called "My Fatherís Eulogy", and I had to
play a young girl, and then, they already had the actress playing the
older version, but I was playing the younger. I had to wear these blue
contact lenses and darken my hair to brown. I was acting for the first
time. It was so exciting for me.
MB: So that was before you actually started the "George Lopez Show"?
MB: Oh, thatís great. Were you already signed for the "George Lopez
Show" at that stage?
ML: No, I was sixteen when I got signed for the "George Lopez Show",
and for this film I was fourteen or fifteen..
MB: So that must have given you a lot more confidence.
ML: Oh yes, a lot.
MB: Then you were in "The Young James Bond Chronicles"?
ML: Yes, that was so much fun. I had to do cartwheels and leaps and
turns. It was cool, it was really cool.
MB: See: There you go back to your first gig doing cartwheels for
your family hone videos (laughs) Anyway, sweetie, who was that role
with, a studio, an independent?
ML: It was an independent from USC. The graduates of USC were doing
their short film, and they were going to do "Double 0 Seventh Grade",
and I was cast for it, so thatís how it started. I was just basically
having my experiences as much as I could. Every singe weekend I would do
another student film or another independent film just to get more
experience, just to understand the technical side of Hollywood -- how
youíre supposed to look into the cameras, and how youíre supposed to
stand, and the blocking involved and so on, things like that. That
really helped me a lot when I got "The George Lopez Show". I understood
a little bit. Even though I didnít get a big part yet in any other
movie, I was able to not feel so overwhelmed with this whole new world
in front of me.
MB: You know, thatís really important advice, because whatever parts
we do, whether they are student films, etc., it is all exposure and
EXPERIENCE of being in front of a camera. I
know some great stage actors who, once they first got in front of a
camera, froze, so it is very important to get that experience -- films
are definitely different. Things are really happening now in independent
films and the larger studios are starting to think outside of the box
more now in that respect. One of my favorite actors, Jesķs Nebot, in his
movie "No Turning Back", he had to get the funding himself, directed it,
produced it, starred in it and itís now won 21 International Film
Awards. And, of course, another interview in this book: Steven Simon
with Spiritual Cinema Circle. They have just released "Indigo" and soon
will be doing Neal Donald Walshís book as a feature film and independent
film "Conversations with God"
ML: Oh my gosh. Thatís great.
MB: Yes, it is, and with Jesķs, he was a big star in Spain before he
came to America, and no one was interested in his script. You know,
sometimes weíve just got to go for it ourselves, and it doesnít matter
what it is. So people should never "Boo hoo" independent films or short
films or anything, because you never know -- and itís all experience.
ML: Thatís right, itís all experience, and you never know. I was
actually considering doing my own film because I wasnít getting any real
big jobs, and I was getting a little confused, and I asked my Mom, "What
can I do?" So I thought to myself, "Hey, how about I do my own script
and how about I produce it and how about I get it sold and maybe I could
star in it and thatís how my career will take off. Ba da bing, ba da
boom-all set." My Mom said, "Are you sure?" and I said, "Yeah, how many
pages is a script?" She though probably about 500 pages and I said, "OK,
500 pages, I think I can do that."
MB: 500 pages? Thatís a huge script.
ML: I was so ready to tackle Hollywood; I was so ready to book
something, to be a star.
MB: Youíre such an inspiration. At such a young age, youíre ready to
go for it, to take action yourself. I love that.
ML: Oh yeah, and then finally my Mom said, "No, not 500 pages, 120
MB: I was going to say 500 pages, youíve got a trilogy. (Laugh)
ML: So, I wrote a couple of scripts, a couple of screenplays and
Aaron Spelling was interested and things like that.
MB: You actually wrote some? Oh my goodness, girl, thatís fantastic.
Shakespeare started young.
MB: Yeah. I think the first thing he wrote, he wrote when he was a
ML: I didnít know that.
MB: Anyway, letís talk about some other films that youíve done. You
had a supporting role in "Summoning"?
ML: Yeah, I had a supporting role in "Summoning". We had to stand up
on top of the roof, and they had a social worker there, because most of
us were under age. We had to smoke, but they had some herbal cigarettes,
but they werenít real, they were 100% organic. There was nothing toxic
about it. Theyíre made specifically for scenes in movies. I was really
nervous, and I had my blonde hair, and thatís why Iím known as "the
blonde girl". Then, I was supposed to smoke, and Iíve never smoked in my
life. Again, it was another great experience, because I got to see the
camera work, I got to see the director and the writer collaborating on
the side. You could see how enthralled they were about the scenes and
about the script, and they were so ready to make changes right then and
there. They were always working, and that, again, showed me how many
hard workers there are in Hollywood. In the end, thatís what it all is.
You donít just get a big movie, a big budget film, with no
collaboration. You could tell they were living and breathing that film.
If there was anything that they didnít like, they just wanted to tackle
it and just wanted to make it perfect.
MB: Itís great that you were so aware and you did all of that. Do you
remember who directed that film?
ML: That was from the American Film Institute.
MB: So then you did "Living with "Living with Meshuginah Shiksa."
What was that particular role that you played?
ML: I was a friend in there, and, again, it was just another great
experience to be on the set.
MB: And "Spirit Rising", what was that?
ML: That was another Independent film, and I had another small part
in that. I basically just threw myself, with Momís help, into any
project I could get my hands on, because the more projects I got, the
more was on my resume. Rock Riddle always reminded us, your resume is
your most important tool, along with your headshot. That basically tells
them who you are, and thereís no room to be humble. You have to do show
everything you can do on your resume. So having said that, we basically
just threw ourselves into every single opportunity that we had to do
another film, to get more experience, to see more producers and
directors. Rock Riddle just made it much easier for us by introducing us
by networking with all the producers he was involved with.
MB: Itís really wonderful. Thatís why, when Rock and I met, we
thought adding our shared experiences -- me with my coaching and
metaphysical/spiritual/success teaching and positive thinking and he
with his knowledge of the nuts and bolts of Hollywood -- we knew it be a
powerful combination to truly help people. Have you ever used
affirmations? Youíre obviously a positive girl anyway, but have
you ever used visualization techniques or anything like that? To
visualize the things you wanted or written down goals or anything like
ML: Oh, definitely. I always had a pretty clear view of how I saw
myself in 5 years and 10 years. Even though I took one day at a time
based on experiences and fallbacks and stuff like that, I just picked
myself up and went at it again. I never really got discouraged by that.
I always had a clear view of my destination, my goal, what I wanted to
reach by the end of the year. That really helped me, because I was able
to say, "Okay, well, Iím so close to my goal, or Iím lagging, Iíve got
to pick up the pace, Iíve got to continue on and plow ahead." That
really helped me just visualize my goal.
MB: So you did that without anyone training you, you just did it.
ML: I guess when you want some thing so badly, you create your own
waves through your imagination.
MB: This is a really interesting phenomenon. When people have an
attachment to something and theyíre using all their will power to get it
and theyíre really worried about it, sometimes that can actually not be
good for you. It can cause you stress by forcing something that doesnít
work. Weíve got to do our best and then let go -- the fact that you
didnít know that they were considering you, and you hadnít heard from
them for a month and you let it go because you just felt like you had to
let it go.
ML: Yeah, I had to move on. I had to find other jobs -- picking
yourself up and just continue.
MB: This is what happens a lot. When people just get to the point
where theyíve lost attachment, the Universe (or what I choose to call
God) comes in and creates a miracle for you.
ML: Thatís true. I completely agree. Sometimes you do have to let it
go, and let the Cosmos do its work. Sometimes you have to leave it in
the hands of God, or sometimes a bit of luck maybe.
MB: I think LUCK stands for "learning or loving under correct
knowledge." Then you just have to take action. I think people get
confused between letting go and not doing anything. (Laugh)
ML: Exactly, thatís true, and, yes, I guess that one means when we
say we make our own luck.
MB: Exactly! How wise you are -- an old soul in such a young body.
Youíve still got to take action. Youíve got to do your best and loose
ML: Find another avenue.
ML: I didnít consider "The George Lopez Show" anymore, because I told
myself, "I donít have time to start dwelling on the past, I have to
continue. I have to go find another way, I have to book another film, I
have to practice, I have to study for another scene." Then, in the end,
I guess the so-called luck had itís way.
MB: I donít think it had anything to do with luck in that sense of
the word, as I said before. You wanted it, set your goals, visualized,
and took positive action with what, I must say, is an outstanding
attitude. You were perfect for the part, and you took action. Look at
all of the stuff that you and your Mum did. You really went for it in so
many ways. So I think if you do things in a certain way, as Rock was
teaching you, and you did all that and more, then when you also have a
positive attitude and you keep your passion high, miracles happen in
ML: I agree.
MB: Is it the third season for your show?
MB: Your fourth season? Wow, congratulations.
ML: I know, I canít believe it. We have one more season and weíll be
reaching our 100th episode.
MB: Oh my Goodness, that is exciting. So, youíre true family now
ML: Oh, my gosh, every single day we learn something more about each
other on the set. Every single day we learn to appreciate each other and
just respect each other. Weíre not there to judge, weíre just there to
enjoy each otherís company and workmanship.
MB: So, what differences do you find between shooting a film and
doing a TV show?
ML: TV shows give me more freedom physically, which I love. I love
physical comedy, I love moving my body and expressing a scene and the
character in more ways than my voice or my face. I love expressing it
with my hands, with my body, with my legs, jumping, and the different
ways of expressing emotion, and thatís what the sitcom allows me to do.
The sitcom allows me to jump around and to express the entire emotion of
Carmen through one big jump or one big hand swing, and that says a lot
about a person. Not everybody just acts with their face in real life. We
all move our hands sometimes without thinking. We all move our bodies.
We all tense up, or we all loosen up, and because the cameras are so
wide, itís almost like theatre. Every single week we have an audience,
and we have a theatre, and we interact with the audience. When the
audience laughs, we take that laughter and stretch it to make it longer
for the scene, or cut it off, or whatever. We basically manipulate the
laughter. Once we get it in our hands, itís like putty, and I love that.
That gets you as an actor.
MB: Thatís true, because in film -- particularly if itís got a big
budget -- a lot of times youíve got so many takes to do, one after the
other and then different shots. One overhead and one over the shoulder,
etc., so I think film is a lot harder in that respect, donít you?
MB: So what do you like about feature films?
ML: Features allows me to really sink myself into the character and
to actually become the character. Even in sitcom, I do become the
character, but itís in a different kind of plain that I act in. Itís as
if I literally feel what the character feels, and, even to my
fingertips, I become the character. It allows me, on a more emotional
level, to interact with the other actors, to take in what theyíre
saying, and to respond. With sitcom, itís a little different, because
with sitcom you have to have the joke right, because if the joke doesnít
work, the sitcom doesnít work. Itís all about the jokes, itís all about
making it funny and entertaining and upbeat, but yet having a good
message in the end. Movies seem to have more freedom to just act and
more freedom to become. Sitcom just allows me to just engulf myself
MB: Thatís a great way of putting it. So now, what is the future for
ML: You know, I love Hollywood, I love the business, I love every bit
of it. Iím not much of a party person, so I donít really enjoy the
parties as much, but I love the people. I love the art, and I do think
that acting is a beautiful art. Anyone can do it Ė anyone -- if they
really, truly love and appreciate acting, they can do it. I believe
thatís just the mentality you hold within yourself. I just want to be
part of Hollywood. I want to write, I want to direct, I want to star,
and I just want to be there, and I want to experience every avenue that
Hollywood has to offer.
MB: You said youíve got some feature films coming up?
ML: Yeah, I do, but we donít know yet, and I donít want to say
anything, because nothing is for certain until itís written on paper.
MB: Well, weíll just know, by the time this goes to print, that they
will have already come to fruition. I just think you are a beautiful
young girl. Youíre a wonderful actress. What can I say, youíre just
gorgeous inside and out, and youíre going to be an inspiration for
everybody who reads this book for many years to come, as your career
will be long and very successful, and I just thank you so much for doing
this interview with us.
ML: Thank you so much, Michele. It has been my pleasure. I canít wait
to read the whole thing.
MB: Well, Rock and I will send you a copy as soon as itís hot off the
ML: Thanks, that will be great!
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