Los Angeles is a city where people come to “make it big”. You can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting an actor, model, writer, director, designer, musician or a million other creatives, all who are working hard to make a living doing what they love. The competition is tough, and it takes something special and unique to stand out in the crowd. Some of us work hard at acquiring skills that may set us apart, while some others go about intimately learning and creating an understanding of the varied roles that comprise the completion of a collaborative project. It is these individuals who seem to have the “it factor”. They show gratitude in the process, towards the people, and for the experience.
This month, we sat down with Nunu Roca, a young actress, writer, and producer coming into her own in the City of Angels. Her passion and gratitude towards her craft are one of the many things that set her apart from her many counterparts and is what drove us to find out what is Up & Coming with Nunu Roca.
Please describe what you do, and why you are passionate about your work.
I am a film, television, and commercial actress. My most recent film Incomplete has received significant festival acclaim and international recognition, it was officially selected for the Barcelona Planet Film Festival and also granted me a “Best Actress” award from the New York Film Awards. I pursue work in both English and Spanish media and have had the opportunity to collaborate with influential figures such as Eugenio Derbez, Maluma, and Camila Cabello.
I am very passionate about my craft. First of all, for me, acting is a constant journey of self-discovery and self-awareness, and it is also an opportunity to give life to so many untold stories amongst us. I love that through my roles I have the privilege of living all the realities that I, Nunu, am not. I enjoy being in front of the camera, I consider myself a role model and I have had such a blessed life, it’s my turn to give back and hopefully present that privilege to others.
What word do you feel describes you best as a professional and why?
The word that best describes me professionally is: grateful. Filmmaking is a union of so many pieces, and as an actor, I always remember how important each role is for the completion of that project. So many things can happen on set, and there are so many responsibilities imposed on others in order to make sure we ‘look good’, it is so important to at least be grateful and appreciate the work and effort put into that. Also, without the support and encouragement of those around me, I might not be where I am today, and I am deeply thankful for that.
Were you always sure you wanted to be in the industry that you are in?
I was not always sure I wanted to be in this industry. Honestly, I was very confused growing up. Since I was a little girl I knew I loved performing! I did theater in school and I also loved to pretend I was a singer at a huge concert packed with people (of course my voice proved otherwise ha-ha) At the same time I was also very studious and meticulous, so I always thought I was supposed to study a more health-like or administrative career… I decided to follow my passion and stick to the arts, and like any other industry, it has its ups and downs, but I am so happy to be doing what I love, I can see myself here for a very long time!
What motivates you to continue your work?
What motivates me to continue to work are the bills, hahaha! No really, there is obviously a sense of responsibility and accomplishment that accompanies administrating your life, but what motivates me to work in this field is the people: their passion for their stories, their support of your own work, their trust in you with their characters, and the encouragement of your followers.
Do you have any advice for those looking for a similar career path?
My advice for those looking for a similar career path would be to definitely study and be specific with your goals! Do you want to be a stunt actor? Or television, or voice-over… etc. Really think about what it is you want to achieve and inform yourself about the training, schools, universities, workshops etc., and work towards that. Also, it’s important to always be kind, because you never know who will remember you and be willing to lend you a helping hand when you need it the most.
To who, or what, do you feel you owe your success?
My success is also the success of every single person that has unconditionally supported me throughout my career; including my family who has always encouraged from the very beginning, my mentors in college for guiding me, sharing their knowledge and inspiring me, my partner today for motivating me every single day, and my managers and agent, for believing in me and promoting me every day!
Who are your top three idols and why?
Today, I would say that my top three idols are:
First, my father. He is the figure of hard work and perseverance in my life, he has proved that no matter how great a setback, you can always get up! He is a constant reminder of determination, gratitude, and prestige.
Second, Spanish actor Mario Casas. At such a young age he has an incredible career. His impressive range as an actor, his transformations for each role, his dedication to the craft have really set him apart and his work inspires me! He’s a part of films with heartfelt stories and is constantly working on set! I can’t wait to see more of his work. Did I also mention he’s incredibly good-looking!
Third, Jessica Alba. I think she has really set herself apart as a professional, she began as an actress and is now a successful entrepreneur with her own industry. She is a smart, influential, charming woman who I really look up to!
What was the hardest part about getting where you are today?
The hardest part about getting to where I am today are the scams, and economical complications I have had to go through in order to really open my eyes and become aware of the downs of this industry… I won’t go into much detail but unfortunately sometimes the best way to learn is to live unfavorable experiences, however, you also become stronger and wiser and as long as I am healthy and well, I will keep moving forward despite the difficulties.
What’s up and coming for you in the next year?
The next year is full of surprises! I am very excited and welcoming all the projects to come. As of now, you will be able to follow me as the character Eva for a series called F.E.A.R.S. to be released towards the end of the year on a VOD platform to be yet announced. The show is about four young women who have been banished from hell for doing good deeds. Forced to hide from Satan, they now attempt to navigate life in the real world!
Also, my film Incomplete is in its festival run, we have been selected in various film festivals up until now, however, are still expecting confirmation and approval from others, and we are hoping to attend the Hollyshorts Film Festival in August this year.
On another note I am working on the script for a feature to be filmed in Costa Rica, details have yet to be disclosed but keep up with me on social media for more information along the way!
To follow this beautiful talented actress:
Fb page @NunuRoca