(This interview was originally posted on Act.Land.com)
Cheyenne Hernandez is a Seattle based actress who appears in the film, The Cleaner and the Deadman and on the show Hawaii Five-0; here is a link to her IMDB page:
Q: What made you want to be an actor?
A: When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always a pirate. To this day! My brother and I watched “The Pirates of the Caribbean” when it first came out and I remember thinking, “Wow. Actors get to be Pirates. They get to be whatever they want! I want to be an actress!” My brother agreed with me and together we recreated our favorite movies around the house. We were assassins, pirates, cowboys… anything we could imagine. Life happened you know? I joined the Army and my brother was two weeks away from leaving for basic training when him and my other brother were killed by a drunk driver. At his funeral I made him a promise that I will die keeping. I will go on for all of us and I will live out our dreams. I auditioned for an agent and never looked back. With my Guardian Angels I feel as though I can do anything.
Q: What is, The Cleaner and the Deadman about?
A: The Cleaner and the Deadman is about Two paid killers who are hired by the cartel to find a psycho drug scientist. The scientist escapes and the killers are faced with the all kinds of mayhem. There’s lots of action and what’s cool is that everyone involved truly has a passion for the arts!
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play Liza Garrot. Liza is an undercover British spy affiliated with the two killers and she is a total warrior!
Q: How did you become involved with the project?
A: I made that promise to my brother Isaiah and the agency still hadn’t sent me on any auditions. I felt as though I was letting Isaiah down and then a friend of mine told me about an ad requesting strongwilled women for a film. I had to be there THAT DAY and with only an hour left I almost didn’t make the audition. I didn’t have time to memorize the script so I did a cold read where I made myself cry and scream. I’ll never forget the directors face when he smiled and said I was exactly what they were looking for!
Q: Why do you think gangster movies are so popular?
A: I think gangster movies are popular because most people’s everyday lives don’t consist of scandal, shooting people, and deadly rivalry. I did say most! Watching movies that have that kind of plot gets people’s blood going. The more action-packed, the more adrenaline and it can be quite addicting.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?
A: I just finished up with my Army contract and am now focusing on school. I was a combat medic and I absolutely loved it! Being in the Army has influenced my acting a lot because I know what it’s like to feel like you would die for a complete stranger. I know what it feels like to lose a family member that does not share your blood. My work made sure that on a daily basis I was subjected to emotions ranging from ecstatic to petrified to enraged and because those emotions have touched my soul so regularly, I’ve learned to portray them through body language and facial expressions.
Q: Why Seattle and not LA or New York?
A: I’m actually going to school to be a dentist. I’d heard that Seattle had a great dental program along with an outstanding talent agency. I was living in Hawaii and once I fulfilled my dream of being in Hawaii 5-0 I decided I needed to try for Grey’s Anatomy too! As you can see, I’m a little impulsive.
Q: What role do you play on Hawaii Five-0?
A: I played Stacey Holden. At the beginning of the episode I’m this heartbroken girl who just lost her boyfriend but as the show goes on my real character comes out!
Q: What makes the new show different from the original?
A: The personalities! Each character has a purpose and you can’t even compare the characters from the original to the new one because they are completely different! FUN FACT: Dennis Chun (Sgt Duke Lukea) is in the new Hawaii 5-0 and his father was in the original! I had the privilege of getting to know uncle Dennis on set and I have to say he is an amazing person. In the military you can tell a good leader by the way he is with his troops. The great leaders eat with their men. They get to know them and they help them out whenever possible. Dennis could have ate with all the other famous actors but he sat right next to another new actress and I. He got to know us and he answered all of our questions without a hint of annoyance. Little did he know that he had just became my role model!
Q: What makes you fameworthy?
A: I’m not! Every day is a blessing. Every breath is a gift from God and the fact that he’s not only let me live this long, but gone the extra mile and helped me get roles in movies, shows, and modeling is more than I could ever ask for! All I can do is continue being the best person I can and spreading his love. I will work my butt off to make my dreams come true and if it is his will, it will happen. I know I’m on the right path though and once I get to an elevated level in acting I plan on using that position to spread awareness about drunk driving. The loss of my brothers is a heartbreak that I hope to prevent other families from experiencing. I am the change I want to see in this world and I’m here to do good.
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