HOLA is proud to present Tío Louie Reporta, where filmmaker and Executive Producer of Prime Latino Media, Louis Perego Moreno (affectionately known as Tío Louie) interviews actors and multimedia-makers in the business of show.
In this edition, Tío Louie moderates the HOLA After The Curtain event for the Chelsea Repertory Company production of Jerry Sterner's Other People's Money (held in collaboration with Prime Latino Media), where he spoke with the cast and director.
HOLA partnered with PRIME LATINO MEDIA for an HOLA After The Curtain event this past Sunday, July 31, 2016 immediately after the 2pm matinee of the theatrical revival production for the 1980s play, Other People's Money. Featured onstage was the show’s co-producer and lead actress, Andrea Navedo, the 2015 HOLA Elizabeth Peña Breakthrough Award honoree for her portrayal as Xiomara Villanueva, mother of the titular character (played by Golden Globe winner Gina Rodríguez) in Jane The Virgin. Acting alongside her is another jewel in our community, actor and acting coach, Rosie Berrido. The beauty that was heartwarming was when Andrea beamed with pride that of the five leading cast members, two were Latina. Also she pointed out that whenever she could inject a Latino in other roles behind-the-scenes, she did. Hence her set designer, the very creative Raúl Ábrego (a former HOLA Awards recipient) and her costume designer, Jessica A. Moreno-Caycho, who delivered sexy, body-fitting dresses in bold colors for Navedo that also helped her deliver a very confident, high-powered lawyer. Also in the production were her assistant directors Ana Cristina Ramos and Gabriela Resto-Montero. Latinos rock!
Another highlight during the Q&A was when one of our Latina members who spoke with an accent asked for advice regarding a Latino actor who has an accent when speaking English. Should they lose it? Berrido, who is bilingual, bicultural and an acting coach who works with actors in dialects, felt that an actor should not go out of their way to lose their accent. However, they should undergo elocution and diction training to ensure that they are understood clearly and speak distinguishably. Navedo concurred and cited that her co-star, Ivonne Coll, who plays her mother in The CW's "Jane the Virgin", is a seasoned actress who was born in Puerto Rico and has constantly worked over the decades prior to being on the hit TV series. Her film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather II made her an international star crossing over from the Latin world to Hollywood in spite of having an accent. Yet, the accomplished actress credits her success in mainstream media due to elocution and diction classes, as well as training in drama directly with Lee Strasberg, comedy with Lucille Ball and musical theater with David Craig.
NOW through Sunday, August 14, 2016
(between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 12th floor, NYC
[Photos on this blog are by Alphabeta Photography, unless otherwise specified. To see more photos of the event, click here.]