Adriane Hernandez Is an aspiring actor who has appeared on The Dude Show. Here is a link to her IMDB page:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: When I was a kid, going to the movies became infectious. I was constantly intrigued by the way visions, stories and books came to life on the big screen. I liked being able to escape into these stories; the same way people find themselves lost in a great book.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: I like that everyone is constantly trying to “Hone their craft”, always trying to make it better. Everyone uses their creative compass to develop their unique set of skills. If you strip all the glitz and glamour of “Hollywood” away you are left with a group of extremely talented individuals; who work incredibly hard.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: You sacrifice a lot here; it’s hard to stay grounded when you are around people who are so out of touch with reality; you go out to a bar and everyone looks perfect. There are a lot of surface level friendships; it’s hard to make solid foundations when everyone climbs over each other to get to the top. You see kids who go to set everyday who have never known what it was like to have a true friend “outside” of the business. It’s sad. I’ve been blessed to have cultivated most of my friendships over years with people who are “outside” of the business. I have really strong bonds with these people and their families; they are normal people who know and love me just for being me. My parents always kept me very grounded; they always knew I had big plans for my five year old self; but it was always kind of like “In due time kid, right now.. go play, have a life, so I did.”
Q: What was your most challenging role?
A: Being myself! I think that’s why I like to entertain so much. I fancy characters that have bolder personalities — I like to play people who do and say more amazing things than my true self would. It’s easy to get lost in them and harder to find myself. Sometimes I’ll get frustrated for not being as “exuberant” as some of these characters; it’s an extremely hard balance for me to find.
Q: What famous role could you have nailed?
A: If I had been just a bit older I think I would have done well with Dania Ramirez’s role in Entourage.
Q: What is your strangest work story?
A: Two years ago, I was just starting out and I got booked as a featured extra. I stepped on some lighting and sound equipment during a take of a couple being reunited on live t.v.! There was a 5 second lapse when the sound and lighting went out. I walked away and pretended it wasn’t me. They were livid.
Q: Why do you think so many people want to be actors?
A: I don’t think tons of people want to be actors! Instead, I think the media idealizes what it’s like to be “famous”– the return effects are that you get people who “try” to become entertainers; not because they honestly connect with what it’s like to want to be a true actor. So many people feel they need to prove something. They think that if they become “famous” all the sudden their self-worth will be validated by everyone who once did them wrong. That’s not the case. True entertainers have had it in themselves for as long as they can remember and it aches at them the more they let their true aspirations fade.
Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A: I’m very fond of the late Lucille Ball, she has always been a favorite. I think she has incredible comedic timing.
Q: What method of acting do you use?
A: Emotional recall also known as Meisner Technique is my best tool for dramatic roles.Sometimes it’s hard to go back to those emotional places, but they are raw and very real. I also use a lot of movement tricks. As a comedic actor you must learn how to control your body, you don’t want your unconscious movement to ruin your scene. Successful comedy isn’t just about saying something funny, its about saying it at the right time then controlling your body in a way that appears out of control yet natural.
Q: Why do you think looks are so important in Hollywood?
A: Think of Hollywood as the mecca of cultural art, fashion, music and entertainment. Any time you get a mix of overly creative people judgment follows and trends emerge. Everyone is always on their “A” game as most feel the need to be better than their competition.
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