Interview with Actress and Writer Vanessa Lua

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — (Feb. 27, 2020) — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with actress Vanessa Lua. Vanessa can be seen on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime. Vanessa is an actress, writer and host of WhatTheHellDidSheSay, a YouTube channel where she interviews celebrities.

Vanessa Luia at Yuko Kitchen in the Miracle Mile. Photo by Dustin Brown.

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): We just saw you on Shameless as Aunt Telma! Please tell us about your experience in shooting this show.
It was an incredible opportunity. I got to work with an amazing cast and crew. They have been together for 10 years now so they are a big family and they were very welcoming to me, specially Ethan Cutcosky (Carl) who was very attentive with everyone, also, there is one scene where I get to sit on with the whole family on the couch and it was my first time meeting Shannola (V) and Steve (“Kevin”) and oh my god Shanola lights the room with her big smile. I love her and both received me with a big hug. I also had the opportunity to shoot in Chicago and it was my first time there. I got to meet John Wells and even share a Mexican candy with him.

Vanessa Lua with William H. Macy on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime

HPC: What is William H. Macy really like?
Bill was very reserved but kind. He directed the second episode I was on and he did a great job. As an actor he was so good that I just have to react to his energy. I have to tell you I gave him some “chongos Zamoranos” , a Mexican candy handmade from my hometown Zamora. I was so nervous because I didn’t want to bother him and I knew it was my last chance to give it to him so when I got his attention I realized the container broke and it was a mess. I gave it to him, I told him to be careful when he open it and I ran away. We never spoke about it.

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: Are you currently writing anything new?
Currently I’m promoting my short film LA DEGOLLADORA that is an official selection at the Pasadena International Film Festival. I wrote it, directed and acted so I am very excited to see it on the big screen. You can join me on Sunday, March 15 at 7:45 PM at Laemmle Playhouse 7. Get your passes at: https://www.pasadenafilmfestival.org

Vanessa Lua (center) in Season 10 of Shameless

HPC: You’re a model who has a connection with Texas. Could you tell us about that?
I’m one of the guest models for Fashion Cited, a charity event that benefits the Legal Hospice of Texas and features a stunning runway fashion presentation highlighting Dallas clothiers and designers.It is such an honor to walk in those beautiful outfits. Being a model was my childhood dream but unfortunately I don’t look like a model (I’m not even tall!) but that shows you that dreams come true. So keep dreaming and help people in need get legal help. You can get your tickets at https://legalhospice.org/events/

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: What is your hometown? Could you tell us about it?
I am from Zamora, Michoacan, and you should add it to your next visit to Mexico. The food is amazing! Best tacos, pan dulce, papas cocidas, agues frescas! Zamora is know for the strawberries and “Los dulces del Portal” (that includes the chongos Zamoranos), and it has one of the most beautiful churches ” El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe”. And if you drive 20 minutes north, you will find my favorite place on earth, El Lago de Camecuaro.

Vanessa Lua (R) as Aunt Telma in Shamless on Showtime

HPC: What’s it like to do celebrity interviews on the red carpet for whatthehelldidshesay?
I love my youtube channel WhatTheHellDidSheSay. It is a joy to talk to celebrities, find out how they overcome obstacles and ask them to say something in Spanish. I feel is a way to be a bridge between Hollywood Celebrities and the Latino audience.

Vanessa Lua during her interview with the Hollywood Press Corps

HPC: Do you have a favorite interview from whatthehelldidshesay?
It is so hard to pick a favorite interview, I love them all, they all are so special. Wait, I loved when I interviewed James Cameron and he directed me. I alsoI really enjoy talking to Topher Grace, specially because he retweeted the interview saying “Wait, is this my favorite interview ever?” And of course Josh Radnor who made me choose between a date or an interview. Check out my channel at www.whatthehelldidshesay.com

Vanessa Lua

HPC: What do you hope to achieve in 2020?

I’m currently performing improvised Comedy in Spanish with my troupe Impromundeando. I hope this year we get stronger as a team. All the members are very talented and hardworking and that is very inspiring. This year I want to focus more on my comedy writing, my stand up comedy and maybe a two person play. I also want to focus on my personal growth. I teach a recovery class at K2 CrossFit and that has taught me how important is to take care of your mind and body. I feel that this is a wish list so I am going to throw to win an Emmy out there.

Vanessa at Yuko Kitchen

HPC: What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
I’m terrified of bicycles but I have done several triathlons. I still have my bike hanging on the wall of my studio apartment to remind me that fear might never disappear but that I have defeated it several times.

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Q and A with Talented Multi-hyphenate Jacques Derosena

Multi -talented artist Jacques Derosena is a noted French Instagram Host Influencer /Musician/ Actor/ Producer & Co-Owner of the Luxury Persian Fragrance  Brand “Sattar”. His music is currently playing in  Spotify & France Radio  artist: JAYYFLASH. He is a yearly curated host & attendee of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France & is a yearly special guest of Baron de Rothschild  Mouton Cadet Cannes. Derosena recently filmed the anticipated Cary Elwes and Penelope Mitchell Superhero film ” The Hyperions”. He filmed a supporting role on the Theatrical  Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig Film “Downsizing”.
With his winning smile, this rising star just became the new main model face of AMERICAN EXPRESS  and also has print campaigns for Audi, Facebook, Target, WhatsApp, McDonalds, DoorDash & DIGICEL. He finished filming his Leading Role in The Weinstein Company Animation Film “Underdogs” Co-starring “Ariana Grande, Katie Holmes, Bella Thorne andJohn Leguizamo”.
He has also produced the highly anticipated horror  Film “Black Pumpkin” and is currently prepping the  much anticipated Horror Film” The House In The Middle Of Nowhere”.  His past credits include:  His role in the Lionsgate  film ” Hunger Games, Mocking Jay”,  the character role “The Gurgles” on  The Disney Show “Good Luck Charlie”, HBO’s “The Wire” , video games such as Sony: Uncharted 4, a character role on The Sketch Music Variety/Comedy show “Arbor Live” airing in Canada which won The 2013 People’s Choice Awards for Best Television Program/Promotion of Aboriginal Music.


How did you get your start in acting?
I started by being an extra on a tv show that was shooting in Maryland. I then began to take acting classes at theater conservatories and continued my studies at Stella Adler Studios New York and The Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio of New York, where I soon started booking small parts in tv and films.

Jacques rocks the red carpet

How did you make the transition to also produce as well act and how’s it like to be a multi-hyphenate?
I started to produce short films because I didn’t want to wait for
opportunities. I wanted to create them as well. I eventually moved on to producing feature films and this has helped tremendously in telling stories.

Jacques is a very in demand vo artist

I noticed you have a great international background. Do you ever play foreign characters given all the languages you speak?
I do often play foreign characters such as: African, Caribbean. It has
been of great use of me speaking French and being able to switch into different dialects.

Jacques at the Cannes Film Festival

What’s it like to be a model especially a hand model?
Being a model and a hand model is quite an interesting journey. Being the face of a popular brand brings more awareness and opportunities and being a hand model has been a fun, creative way of using my hands in different ads.

What was it like to win the prestigious Accolade Award?
Winning an Accolade Award was amazing. Getting an award for something that you created and the audience, people receiving it well. I am grateful for the experience and the award recognition.

How did you get involved with the Kapow Film Festival?
Our Film Director created the Kapow Film Festival. After discussing with us its premise and  mission, we became involved and have been  exposed to amazing storytellers from all over the world and bringing their stories to the general public.

What advice do you give those just starting out in this industry?
My advice would be to  get involved in as many organizations as
possible.  Ask questions. It’s all about information and experience that help with confidence.

What upcoming projects do you have coming up?
Feature Films: Black Pumpkin, The House in The Middle Of Nowhere.

You have achieved so much in this industry. Is there any other facet
you’d like to conquer (i.e. directing)?
I love producing. I love putting projects together. Perhaps someday I
may look at directing but for now, I’m Loving Acting & producing.

More info at:

imdb.me/jacquesderosena

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I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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