Eva Noblezada, the face of Latinos and Filipinos in Hollywood | cinema and art

Defying all odds, this weekend she is making history by becoming the first artist from two minority communities in America to have both films open on the same day.

“God is very good to me. It’s the only explanation I can find for what’s happening to me,” said the 26-year-old actress who stars in “Luck,” an Apple TV+ animated movie, and “Easter Sunday,” a film that competes in the theaters with “Bullet Train”.

Noblezada, whose father has Filipino roots and whose mother is of Mexican origin, considers herself “very lucky” and is grateful.

Born on March 18, 1996 in San Diego (California), the artist never thought she would have to coordinate her schedule to talk about two “so beautiful” projects that would be released at the same time. “It’s crazy, wonderful crazy,” she said.

As if that were not enough, in both productions Noblezada has been able to rub shoulders with the cream of the entertainment world.

Luck’s Luck

The Apple TV+ movie has an all-star cast that, in addition to Noblesse in the title role, includes Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, and Simon Pegg. Although the artists recorded the voices of their characters further apart than usual as a result of the pandemic, “I have been able to share a little and I still can’t believe it,” said the actress.

The Sky Animation and Sky Animation Madrid production revolves around a young girl named Sam who considered herself the “worst luckiest girl in the world”, until she meets a black cat that eventually opens the door for her to the secret place where the luck to humans.

“At the core of the story is the concept that luck is neither good nor bad, it all depends on how you see things,” he said. For her, the concept of luck “is associated with living with gratitude.”

See here the trailer for “Luck” (2022) produced by Apple TV

After beginning her career in musical theater in New York, Noblezada made it to Broadway and was nominated in 2017 for a Tony Award, the highest honor in American theater, in the category of “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” for her performance. of Kim in “Miss Saigon”.

Two years later she received the same distinction for her portrayal of the title role of Eurydice in the play “Hadestown”, which first appeared at the Royal National Theater in London and then in New York.

Although making movies was part of her dreams growing up in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, once she settled down as a stage actress, the big screen seemed to be in the rearview mirror. “But my roots called me,” she said.

The voice she heard was that of Filipino American filmmaker Diane Paragas, who cast her for the lead role in her film “Yellow Rose.”

“Easter Sunday” is his second film and he can’t believe “it’s also a story about the Filipino community in the United States,” he said.

Other actors would have “run in another direction to avoid being typecast,” but not Noblezada, who considers it a blessing to represent the communities she’s linked to whenever she can.

Activism as a mission

Nobility has been very open about her mental health issues. So much so that when asked who she would send good luck to, she did not hesitate for a moment to tell her “all those who suffer from depression.”

During her stay in London, her depression and anxiety worsened, along with severe bouts of acne, body dysmorphia, bulimia and panic attacks.

The actress appreciates the support of her environment, psychotherapy and yoga. “Literally, they saved my life,” she said.

“One of my ways of saying thank you for how lucky I am is to speak up to get support for those with mental health issues like me,” she said.

Although Eva Noblezada associates many of her difficulties with the word “perfection”, she considers that this professional moment is quite close to her. That if, she does not want to stay “stuck” there, because “the best thing is to flow and continue to thank luck.” Remember that she can connect with the live signal of the HJCK, the art of listening.

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