We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariana Lodoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariana, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Whenever theres a new show on Netflix or a movie coming out with a “brand new face” people tend to think it is an “overnight success”. However, I can asure you that every single actor that you see on your favorite movies or shows has been rejected from thousand of auditions. We only see the success, we forget about the hours of hard work, the rejection, the million little “work heartbreaks”, endless “this is it, I´m quitting” moments, tears and sacrifice. People think “show bussiness” its a synonym of glamour, no stress, money, party and fame. Honestly, I would describe it as quite the opposite. I think it is THE HARDEST bussiness out there. The steaks are very high all the time, whether you are an actor, a director, a producer, a DP, etc, everything is at risk all the time and you devote YOUR LIFE to this career.
On the other hand, it makes me sad to think about how some people believe that art is useless. In my opinion, art is everything. Without it we are death. The importance of movies in our society is humongous. Art shapes the way we live, tells the story about how we used to live and how our future might be. There’s not a single human being who doesn´t connect to some piece of art whether its a movie, a song, a play, a book, a picture, a painting, a poem, etc.
After this horrible pandemic, we started to realize how valuable art is. Without books, movies, series, concerts, etc, we would have gone insane.
It is time to take art more seriously.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Something about me that I cherish is that I always know what I want, and whenever it gets tricky, at least I always know what I don’t want. I knew I wanted to be an actress ever since I was little. Of course, the fact that my dad is a voiceover actor, and in his golden years he also acted on theater and TV, made my path way easier because he understood me perfectly well. He never told me “no, you should study something serious”, if anything, he pushed me to take acting lessons at a very young agenda helped me make good decisions.
My first encounter with acting was when I was 3 years old. I had the privilege of dubbing the adorable “Boo” in Monsters Inc. However, voiceover wasn’t enough for me, I wanted everything, so I started studying musical theater, but somehow I ended up auditioning for a TV show, first audition ever, booked it and my whole life changed.
I’ve been very lucky to work in Televisa, one of the most important companies in the entertainment industry for 13 years now. I starred in several soap operas and TV shows. However, I still wanted more. So when I graduated high school I decided to move to Los Angeles by myself to pursue my dream, but now in a different country and a different language.
Los Angeles has been the most important time of my life because it made me grow in ways I never expected. I am a better actor, a better daughter, a better friend and a better person because of the lessons that the city of stars gave me.
Today I no longer dream of becoming a “famous TV actress”, I know that it is deeper and bigger than that. I love to work on my craft, I love to tell stories, I love to make statements, I love catarsis.
I had to come back to Mexico for a little while because
I believe in the potential that my country has for storytelling, and I want to be a part of the growth of the Mexican Industry. However, I also want to work in the US because there is a big misconception of latinos, and of Mexicans. MMexicana are chingones, and I am more than ready to prove it to the world.
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.
My favorite place in LA would definitely be the Griffith Observatory. I remember whenever I felt sad, angry or I didn’t know what to do, I would just go there, hike all the way up and observe the city from the top. It reminded me of how little I was, therefore, how insignificant my problems were. Then, I would enter the observatory to see all of this different galaxies and for some strange reason, it gave me peace. When it comes to a nice restaurant, I would definitely take them to Yamashiro, in Hollywood. I am a huge fan of the shrimp popcorn, the view, the place, the scenery, and all of the beautiful memories that I have in that place. However, I am Mexican, right? So I would also take them to my favorite taco truck on sunset and western.
To end the night, I would just take them to the Dome on Arclight. Such a magical and beautiful place. If you are an artist, as soon as you enter you can feel the magic of the industry.
Los Angeles is my favorite city in the world, even if someone visited me for a month, I wouldn’t be able to take my friends to all of my favorite places.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my shoutout to my parents, my friends and all the beautiful crew I’ve ever worked with.