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An interview with the lovely Mariana Flores

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Please introduce yourself to the readers:

Hello everyone, my name is Mariana Flores and I am an actress.

How and when did you first get into performing?

I was born and raised in Mexico, Los Cabos and by that time, there were not many artist activities apart from school and the house of culture which I used to go and have painting, acting and improv classes. As the town grew, there were more people to perform our work to. I took dancing classes and we performed our show in theatres and sometimes even malls, dancing folklore, contemporary dance and I had a piano recital. In school, I used to sing in the chorus or perform in plays, having parades in special dates of the year for the town, and I've been pretty much used to people watching me perform since I was a little girl.

Who were some of your biggest inspirations?

I must say that I didn't have someone who inspired me until I got really into performing. It was actually because of the movies, going to the theater and being excited by all the magic that the movies would give me and the music. All of those worlds that didn't exist but only in the mind of someone else. I guess in the end, I could say I was inspired by someone, but that was it, the movies. I always wanted to know what it feels like to be in these kinds of movies, being on set and creating wonderful creatures, and giving them life, I just thought it was fascinating.

What kind have training have you done?

I have studied at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting here in Los Angeles. I have to say that I have never met such amazing professors, in my entire life. They are such incredible artists that make you feel so inspired, even by the way they talk when they are lecturing you, as if they were preparing to give a speech. They have such an amazing passion for what they do and for what they teach you.

What has been your favorite role to play so far and why?

Ummm, that's a hard one, all the characters I have played, I find particular things that I like about each one. I really enjoy playing them all, but If I had to pick one, that would be Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Such an amazing play, and this character is just beautiful, there is such a powerful energy inside this woman, mixed with many feelings and emotions that are not quite good. You see that's exactly what makes the character so great and unique and beautiful in my point of view. It was a struggle to get into those darker sides of her, to find the rage, the anger, the hate to become this fearless and powerful woman.

What projects do you have coming up?

I have two projects coming up this month but one of them in particularly, is quite interesting- not that the other one isn't, it's just different from what I have played before. It’s called Rebellious, it's about a 16 year old girl called Erika (played by me), who does some very unexpected things and I say unexpected things because she is a 16 year old girl, and you wouldn't imagine doing the things she does. It makes you wonder what kind of life she is having right now, how her parents are treating her, or what kind of world she is living in. It’s a very interesting character, I think it’s going to be fun to play Erika and to shoot this project, I’m very excited about it.

Who would be your ideal co-star and why?

I like Meryl Streep, a lot. I think she is a wonderful actress, I like how specific she can be when it comes to giving life to the characters, and I really enjoy watching her perform. When I watched the movie Angels in America I just thought it was amazing what she did with that character. I just couldn't believe it.

What are your plans for the future?

Well that's another hard question... My plans for the future, are to have a very well-known established career as an actress, and just love life. Also being able to settle down, have a house I could call home and a dog. I always keep moving forward to achieve more things. I would like to direct as well, so let’s see how that goes if I get into that area.

What is your advice to other artists?

Never let anyone tell you you are not capable of doing something because of your age, race, accent, illness, skin color, or whatever. I do believe that if you really want something, you have the power within you to get it, regardless of what people say or think.

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