In late April/early May, 2005, an amazingly unique new hard-cover book will be released:
"How To Become A Magnet To Hollywood Success"
The book features dozens of interviews with major producers, directors, and stars.
Following are excerpts from the just-completed interview with 19-Year-old TV star Masiela Lusha

An Interview with
Masiela Lusha
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 screenplays.

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?

ML: Nineteen.

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 took?

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?

ML: Michigan.

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 right questions.

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 it?

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 the part.

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, Masiela?

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"?

ML: Yeah.

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 pages."

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.

ML: Yeah?

MB: Yeah. I think the first thing he wrote, he wrote when he was a boy.

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 that?

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 your attachment.

ML: Find another avenue.

MB: Yes.

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 unexpected ways.

ML: I agree.

MB: Is it the third season for your show?

ML: Fourth.

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 arenít you?

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?

ML: Yeah.

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 physically.

MB: Thatís a great way of putting it. So now, what is the future for you?

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 presses.

ML: Thanks, that will be great!

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