Mariela I’V is an actress who appears in the film Under the Hollywood Sign and has modeled for American Apparel; here is a link to her website:
Q: How did you get into modeling?
A: I started modelling as most models at age 14 because of my mother. My mother is a glam queen, the type to be all dressed up at a grocery store even, I was tomboy then so wasnt as into modelling, was fascinated with the acting world but my mother didnt support acting so much then but my first project she put me in was a very big Latin Runway show for one of the top Artists of south America Pipi…I dont recall his full name. That was his artist name he went by. This was a show in California at the time we lived in Denver CO.
Q: What was the experience of working for American Apparel like?
A: I love American Apparel they are awesome. Simple is the way to go. It was a fun and relaxed photo shoot with yummy desserts and fruits. The new handsome owner of American Apparel from Uruguay was there the entire shoot so was fun modelling for him! I would most definitely model for American Apparel again!
Q: What made you interested in transitioning into acting?
A: Acting was my passion but modelling is what really launched my career. So pursued both and now i love both. I was always fascinated by acting as a child, the Hollywood glam, creation, imagination, art and magic. I was always a creative one a bit eccentric in a unique way.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: I have great mentors, acting teachers that I have learned from. I have studied drama and acting through out high school, to my university-Metro State University of Denver. In LA I have studied at Aida Institute-cold readings, monolgues, on camera workshops, camera reactions, improv. Mi West Playhouse- improv and comedy sketch. These are few of my experiences of training.
Q: You appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker; how real is reality television?
A: Well Reality dating shows, I dont like reality shows other then dating ones. I am ok with dating shows, its fun and enjoyable. Some are staged some are just as is improv. Milionaire Matchmaker is organized of how the process of reaching different levels but on our part its our choice to stand out and be natural and improv.
Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A: Oh I have so many…My favorite actresses Angelina Jolie for being a sexy bad ass and always is a true artist, Male actors I still do love Johnny Depp for being a awesome eccentric actor, he always plays the very characterized character well as for some other actors would be difficult for.
Q: What is Under the Hollywood Sign about?
A: This film is about a stuggling male actor who is down on his luck and dreams are fading trying to make it in life and lives in his trailer van. So we see him struggle and the different experiences he goes through and discovers his purpose in life.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play Summer, who is a hipster bad girl at a party up in the hills near his van. Drinking, smoking, drugs and having fun at the party, and making out is what the party is about.
Q: Why do you think people are so fascinated by aspiring actors?
A: Producers are always watching always seeking for new talent. Casting directors and other talent watch as well. Sometimes its a video game, kick ass, make it to the next level, repeat. As athletes they like to see progression.
Q: What do you think is more important in Hollywood, good looks or talent?
A: Talent is the main thing that is important. But being Hollywood vanity is seen as well. The heartthrob, stud, team captain or goddess, sweetheart always stand out. Audience always love talent, looks, comedy and kids. Number one sellers. I grew up in a conservative family vanity is a sin, everyone is a beautiful person in there own way if its outside or inside or both. But those that have horrible attitudes and personalities even if they are handsome/gorgeous I see them ulgy. Thats how my heart and mind works.
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