PL: Where are you from? When and how did you get into acting?
MB: I’m from México city. I started acting when I was very young and then when I was 14 I moved to Canada where I did my first musical, The Wizard of Oz. After that I came back to Mexico and started training at Casa Azul where I perfected my craft and began working on a few independent films.
PL: Can you tell me a little bit about the film and television projects you’ve done?
MB: The first film I did was called Ellas. I played Anna, a teenage girl who falls in love with her mother’s boyfriend. It was a great experience and I got to work with a great director named Erika Ruiz, as well as an incredible cast. Playing Anna was a very unique experience because it was a challenging role in the sense that she was a bit of a “Lolita” kind of character, very sexually charged. I was just starting to gain confidence as an actor so it was a little bit hard in the beginning, but I learned so much from the role and it pushed me in a direction where I had never been before and as a result I gained so much confidence.
After that I worked on another film directed by Tomas del Rio called Solo Yo. I played Sofia, a young girl who falls in love with her best friend and ends up heart broken. I loved playing Sofia because she was such a sweet character who loved this man in silence. She never had the courage to take a chance and fight for him, and in that way I think a lot of people are able to relate to her. Sometimes we lack the strength to go after what we want, and we let time pass us by, staying still because sometimes it is too scary to jump and take a leap of faith.
My most recent project is a series called It Happens. We started shooting the first episodes this summer and it will be coming out early next year. I play a painter named Joanna, she is an artist who loves life and is passionate about her art. The story begins after her best friend Rose (Maia Nikiphoroff) breaks up with her boyfriend and moves in with her. Playing Joanna has been a very different experience for me because she is more of a comedic character, and I usually play characters that are more serious and a bit dark.
Earlier this year I worked on another project called Final Test where I played Laurel, a girl who just got engaged to her boyfriend John. Laurel tries to help her best friend out after she catches her boyfriend cheating on her, but instead it all blows up in her face. Laurel’s best friend convinces her to accept a bet, which entails the best friend trying to seduce Laurel’s boyfriend. In the end John falls for it and Laurel who is hiding in the apartment storms out crying because of what happened. Even though it didn’t have a happy ending, I like playing the character because the film shows the bait of reality, life is like that and we all know that most of the time it is not a fairy tale. Life will beat you down and there is no other choice but to stand up and keep on going no matter how many heartbreaks or disappointments.
I also played the role of Violet in the film Oh Jesus! Violet is afraid to come out of the closet because she thinks her friend’s won’t accept her sexuality, that is, until Jesus comes along and tries to help her by traveling back in time to try and fix the “problem.” Violet realizes during her journey with Jesus that she cannot run away from the truth of who she is, and in the end she tells the girl she loves her true feelings. I liked playing Violet because I love playing strong female roles, and I love doing things that have an important message, especially for those girls that are going through something similar in their own lives.
PL: They are all very different, what made you choose to participate in these projects?
MB: The first thing that I look for in a project is a good story, a story worth telling and a character that speaks to me. I like to work on different projects all the time and discover different characters.
PL: You get approached all the time to work on projects with people, what makes you pick one role over another?
MB: It depends on the project, but most of the time I like to choose characters that are very different from me, and ones that I haven’t done before. It also has a lot to do with who I am working with and their vision for the project.
PL: Can you list some of the theatre projects you’ve participated in up until now, and the roles you’ve played?
MB: I played Elizabeth in John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation,” which was directed by Oscar winner Milton Justice, Masha in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” directed By Tim McNeil, Emily in “The Marriage Of Bette and Boo” directed by Bonnie McNeil, Lavinia in William Shakespeare “Titus Andronicus,” I played Titus Andronicus daughter who is terribly abused and deformed by two men who rape and cut her hands and tongue in order to punish her father. This is Shakespeare bloodiest play one of the hardest roles I’ve ever had to play. I also played Susan in Will Eno’s “Middletown” and the boy in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” both projects were directed by Milton Justice as well.
PL: What has been your favorite role so far and why?
MB: Masha from “The seagull” is definitely the first role that comes to mind. It was not only a lot of fun playing her, but she was also one of the hardest characters I’ve played. There is something very sad and beautiful about her. I guess I like the darker side of things because I am always very drawn to these types of characters.
PL: As for genre, what is your favorite?
MB: I would say I mostly do drama, but I love comedy too. I’ve yet to work in the horror genre, but if the right project comes along, I would love to try it.
PL: What separates you from other actors?
MB: I believe everyone is unique, especially as artists we have this need to express and create something. Everyone has his or her own vision, and their own voice.
PL: What would you say your strongest qualities as an actor are?
MB: I think my strongest quality is discipline and hard work. I believe that no matter how talented you are, without work you cannot go anywhere. But apart from that, for me the most important thing is that I love what I do and that is what drives me.
PL: What projects do you have coming up?
MB: Right now I’m working on a very exciting project for LA MAMA theater in New York, directed by Elia Schneider called “The Beach of Joseph K.” It is an original experimental play based on the work of Franz Kafka.
PL: What are your plans for the future?
MB: First I want to perform in New York and achieve what we want to achieve with this new project and I want to keep working on projects that I love, have new professional experiences, and do many more films in the near future.
PL: What do you hope to achieve in your career as an actor?
MB: I want to keep studying and working on my craft, you are never done and you can never be satisfied. But I want to do things that touch people and to tell stories that say and mean something, stories about real people and humanity.
PL: What kind of training have you done?
MB: I graduated from Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles, that was where I did most of my serious training, but I started taking singing and acting classes in Mexico and Canada when I was a teenager.
PL: Why is acting your passion and chosen profession?
MB: I have never really been able to answer this question because there are many reasons. I love telling stories, I have a weird addiction to live in other peoples shoes, and because I think I have something within myself that can only be expressed through art and acting. I was just born like this, I never thought of being or doing something else.