We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlize Diaz de Leon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlize, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
For so long I thought acting was the only thing I had to look forward to in my life. I missed all the small things that make life worth wild. Although acting is my biggest passion, and my career, I also realized there needed to be a separation between work and life. My perspective changed completely during quarantine. It’s going to sound completely cheesy but I watched the movie Soul; which if you haven’t seen is about a struggling musician named Joe who finally lands a gig of his dreams when he suddenly finds himself trapped in between Earth and the afterlife. Joe was so dedicated to his love for music that he was blind to everything else. He was so fixated on his career that he had no balance. I could write a full essay on the effect that movie had on me, but to sum it up I had never related to anything more. Balance is still one of the hardest things for me. The more I’ve worked on it I’ve really learned to live my life to the fullest.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The magic of story telling is you can be so many different things. I love watching the words play out on screen. Acting has always been my escape from whatever is happening in my life. I love reading the scripts, doing the research, and embodying someone else. I started acting at a very young age. I used to put on shows for my family and I always loved making them smile or laugh. I started with theater before moving to LA at age 9 to pursue Television and Film acting. The journey has been a complete rollercoaster but I would not have it any other way. It hasn’t been easy but its always worth it. I’ve met so many beautiful souls, and gotten to make work that I’m proud of.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite parts of CA is Burbank. It makes my soul sing with joy. The city is filled with so much movie history, from WB Studios, Universal Studios, Disney/ABC Studios, Nickelodeon Studios, and so much more. There is so much to see and so much to do. I would definitely take them to Snookies Cookies for the best cookies, Tony’s Deli for the best sandwiches, and we would also make a stop at Poquito Mas for some delicious Mexican Food. I would take them to shop at It’s A Wrap on Magnolia which holds wardrobe from numerous different shows and movies. We would make a stop at Halloweentown; a must for year round Halloween costumes and props. I would take them for a hike at Runyon Canyon so they could see LA from a different perspective. We would have to make a stop at City Walk. And last but certainly not least we would visit the Hollywood Sign, it’s only fitting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Brenda and Antonio Diaz de Leon, my amazing parents. They have always been my biggest supporters. I am one of the luckiest people alive to have them in my life. I would not be who I am today without them.
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