We had the good fortune of connecting with Mario Corona and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mario, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Hello there dear readers, I’ll give you a hint, easy one, enchiladas! I totally understand if you’re salivating already, we all love enchiladas right? especially the green ones with grilled cheese on top of beautiful handmade tortillas.
So, if you guessed correctly I’m your amigo and neighbor from Mexico and I’ve been living in LA for 7.5 years.
My favorite spot is the Griffith Observatory and, not because you don’t get to see the stars in Hollywood, but the real ones can inspire you even more because when you look at them, they’re are telling you a story as you’re looking back in time.
If I go back to my childhood, aged twelve, I see myself as a kid who always wanted to be in the movies, especially after watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I grew up watching this film and inspired me a lot to become an actor. Sports was an important factor too, football soccer and the biggest sports event ever, The World Cup. With my mom being a music teacher and my dad an architect, I always felt safe to express myself even if they disagreed. A united family, friends that became brothers to this very day, and a happy childhood empowered me to be respectful, empathic and playful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think we all can contribute to what we do regardless of the field you’re at. I truly believe that when you put your mind and heart to what you do, you can achieve everything.
I started acting when I was twelve and my first gig as an actor was in a commercial for a powdered milk brand where also my mom and my brother came along after booking it. This gave me the key to community, to collectivity. Also, coming from a different culture makes me see the industry from a certain point of view, to love what I do even more as a result.
Not to long ago shot a commercial for the World Cup in Russia opposite Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren. They reprised their iconic roles whilst a bunch of Mexican fans entered this hostile-like-bar to find the man who won everything in Russian soil.
I’m also proud of finishing my first triathlon and a 5k run 4 days after, finishing 20th. And last but not least, I’m proud of my culture and roots, of the solidarity of my people after a natural disaster, of its resilience. Those are the moments we can really become one.
They say in life, nothing is easy but think about it for a second, if you practice stargazing, or smell a flower, or even smile, you’ll realize that little simple act is the main gate to a complex world, and those are three little things, so if there are three, there must be thousands of easy ways to access too, and I like to think that when approaching a character or anything in life. But then comes the challenges, oh lord! I like to think of challenges as opportunities, maybe you’ll succeed at it, maybe you won’t, but then, success is too personal, so what I’ve learned from life is to do it yourself but be open to adjustments, whatever they are, to critics, don’t believe everything you hear, but set you best foot into it.
I just finished shooting my first shortfilm as a writer/producer/art/actor about a guy who wakes up and realizes he’s to small!
I regret a few things and made mistakes, but I have also learned from them while entering the path of fluidity, and that is to accept and carry on, so if you ask me what the world would like to hear from this is just be in the path of your own fluidity.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, without knowing I already mentioned my favorite one, The Griffith Observatory, I have driven, ran and ridden my bicycle there, because is so majestic, so to all my visitors, prepare your best gear to get there, we will walk over billions of years in just seconds, we will travel beyond the Kuiper belt and come back in time to get a thin crust pizza on Stella Barra on Sunset, or Thai on TOI, then enjoy watching the sun going down on the edge of the Santa Monica Pier, so you feel like the King of the World! and if this won’t suffice you, then I’ll take you to the slide located somewhere in the 5oth floor of the US Bank building where we can see Catalina Island and plan a day trip the following morning followed by a LAFC game at the Bank of California Stadium! and if you like screwdrivers or catchers, we will head to the Dodger Stadium to see the World Champions, go Dodgers! Of course as my guest I’d take you everywhere if you get a bicycle and ride with me, oh yeah! Deal?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many people deserve this recognition, My brother, he is on top of all recognitions, not a day goes by without feeling him close, without thinking about him, he became a star in the morning sky. My parents and friends, my early soccer trainers and peers, but I would like to have a moment to mention my acting teacher Iouri B. Iliyachevski who recently passed away. He taught my peers and me not only to act, but to be better in life, he quotes “What’s difficult to do, make it easy, what’s easy make it a costume and then that costume make it beautiful” He will always be long remembered.
Photo by Eduardo Cisneros @eduardocisnerosmx