MARIA QUEZADA INTERVIEW
Maria Quezada is one lady on the rise and has been nominated as “Best Young Actor” for an Imagen Award for her role on the hit Nickelodeon sitcom “Talia in the Kitchen,” Maria Quezada is utilising her voice as lead-character ‘Talia’ to transcend the bounds of language and the culture of mainstream entertainment. An adaptation of the Nickelodeon Latin American Telenovela “Toni, la Chef,” the series follows 14-year-old ‘Talia’ as her passion for cooking becomes intertwined with the world of magic. As the show continues to gain traction in the UK and gears up to release in Latin America this September, Maria is rapidly gaining international recognition and continues to build a solid foundation as a young actress. Hush Hush Biz is excited to be speaking with Maria in our spotlight QA.
1. What made you want to become an actor?
I entered the world of entertainment because of my love of writing and desire to bring my characters to life. As a child I didn’t fully understand what acting was, for me it was just about playing pretend and expressing my creativity but my interest for the craft grew into a passion.
2. How did it all begin for you, what were some of the things that you enrolled yourself into that you feel helped you grow and find yourself in this industry.
I am a firm believer that if you want to succeed in anything in life you have to work for it and that preparation is key. I’m a very driven and focused person when it comes to my future plans and what I am doing to progress my career. I can’t imagine my life without working in the entertainment industry. I am constantly taking classes that cater to what I’m striving for and trying new things to expand my abilities, such as stage combat, dance and guitar.
3. What was your first role? What do you recall about it and were you nervous at all?
My first role ever was in a school play. I was new in the class and the auditions for the play were over, so originally I didn’t have a part, but a girl from my class had to change schools leaving a spot open for anyone who learned her parts and that’s where I came in. It was after that performance that I fell in love with the craft and knew I wanted to pursue this career seriously.
4. Your family must be very proud of you, have they been a driving force for you, and were there a lot of challenges in the beginning and can you describe any of the stages that you can share of what it can take to gain entry into the show business?
I feel extremely blessed to have a family that supports me completely, even my siblings who are very young understand that I have to work and that every so often it means being away for a while. I really could not be accomplishing my dreams without them and I am so beyond grateful to them for all that they do.
To answer the other questions, I would say that like anything in life you have to work hard and you can’t let obstacles dictate your level of success. What does affect your success however, is how you react when these obstacles present themselves, and how you overcome them. As long as you pick yourself up, learn from past experiences, prepare for the future, and try again, you can’t fail.
5. You’re in the hit Nickelodeon sitcom “Talia in the Kitchen”, and you been nominated as Best Young Actor. When you found out how did you celebrate and who were you with?
One of my co-stars, Miguel Luciano, texted me at around 12:40 A.M. congratulating me on my nomination and I had no clue what he was talking about so I kind of just shrugged it off, until he responded with a link to the nominee list and my fans started tagging me on social media congratulating me as well. I was so happy I tried my best not wake up everyone in my house, but I could hardly contain my excitement. Just being nominated is a huge blessing and an honor. I’m proud of being a Latina as well as representing the Latino community accurately and in a positive light internationally.
6. How much work do you put into a day when you are working on a role or in general?
When I’m creating a character it really just depends on how much time I’m given. If it’s a new role I get the night before I don’t really have as much leisure and I can’t be as flexible with time. When you’re on a set however you have the ability to unfold and create new aspects of your characters as well as watch them evolve. On my last role, for example, I spent months prior to filming as well as while filming practicing culinary techniques such as julienning, sautéing, etc., because I wanted to do my own stunts, but more importantly make the character as real as possible in the process.
7. You work with charity St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald’s, and Feeding America why have you picked this one.
The first time I got involved in both of these events was through invitation, and truthfully it just struck a chord. The immeasurable strength and happiness these kids portrayed despite their circumstances and what they were going through was just so incredible. It made me realize the importance of the simple things in life and it made me want to spend more time helping out and making a difference not only for the rest of the world, but in these kids’ lives. Their smiles and attitude towards life simply light up my life and in the process teaches me a lesson. For me it’s beyond recognition, beyond a post, a hashtag, karma or getting something out of it, to me it’s about being the change I want to see in this world and helping people out in any way I can.
8. What are some of the things you like to do more of in the next few years in your personal life and work?
In the future I expect to work on some features and portray diverse rolls, hopefully of strong and independent women. In my personal life I hope to be totally organized and ultimately happy doing what I love.
9. Who are your idols in the music world? Name five.
The people I look up to in the music industry is way more than what I can count on one hand, but 5 of them are: The Beatles, Drake, Beyoncé, Green Day, & Queen.
10. What are the three most important things in your life?
My family, my faith, and my happiness are the three most important things in my life and they are my priorities, as long as my family and my faith is well and I’m happy then everything else will be okay.