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Rising Stars: Meet Natasha Luna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Luna.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am an Argentinian actress raised in the really south of the world in a paradise called Bariloche surrounded by mountains, lakes and woods. I studied acting and started my career in Buenos Aires doing always stage, international commercials and some movies and TV shows, after ten years of nonstop working, I had the impulse to do it bigger and moved to Mexico, where I also keep growing and working in shows and series like in TV Azteca, I worked in “Mil formas de Amar” and “Educando a Nina”; in Televisa on “Dogma” and “Like, the serie” and in Canal 11 “Relatos de Mujeres 2” doing Princes Leticia. And also in movies like “Mas sabe el diablo for Viejo”. Mexico was amazing and with so much growth as an artist, with the challenge of changing my natural accent to a neutral Spanish. And also the challenge of doing deep spiritual work that made me concert with my dream and put me on the work of come to LA. And well I did it… and It’s been two years making the dream come true, LA is definitely my place. I also have the honor of made the promotion spots of the Argentinian Film fest in LA. As a Latin in the industry, I have the responsibility and the goal of work for more real representation of the Latin community, which misrepresents and also so stereotype, things are slowly changing and I feel that’s part of my role in the industry at this moment.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, being and immigrant has always a lot of challenges, I can get used to them and learned to enjoy them. I have done three big living movements first to Buenos Aires, then Mexico and now LA, so I already know in advance how the feelings are used to run. Of course every time has a different color, and LA has been the biggest as is not my first language and the cultural difference are huge. Even when American culture is consumed all over the world and we feel we kind of know everything is quite different to live in it and make it your own. As I like to say, every time you travel and you live in a new place you expand your self, you don’t lose your roots you just get more and your self gets more complex, more full of stories…. And I think that’s great for an actor to have a lot to bring to each project. That is one of the obstacles that turns a pro, for example my accent can limit me from many roles but also makes me different and it is said that specificity is what wins in Hollywood, I found some directors that love it and think is better for the character, so it has a lot of trusting in yourself and never gives up, and that is also one of the most important things in the daily actors work, stay positive, build your inner world, and of course keep studying. Also, we have the thing of being so far away from your family and friends could have some lonely moments, specially in the city where people is so center on themselves and their goals that makes building a community a little bit harder. I can’t complain. I have met wonderful friends and colleagues that I am really thankful for. Every obstacle is just a challenge that always ends up on a personal growth, I love challenges and goals, make life spicy.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I think covid-19 put all of as into challenges, as actors and artist in general we had to find different way to express ourself. It pushed us to be creative with the content, the ways to connect and show. In my personal experience, I started my YouTube channel with vegan recipes and other sections of making tourist videos to show LA attractions that are possible to do with covid restrictions like hiking and outdoor attractions. All in Spanish and English, with a 21k views and growing. You can check them in https://www.youtube.com/soynatashaluna. The new normal put all of us to connect to each other through computers. And that allowed us to work internationally, I made a short film “My empty side” with the director in Spain and other actress in Argentina. In other hand with other crew in LA, we manage to shoot an actor’s story with all one character’s scenes. This was “FE”: Then, when the protocols arrive and we were allowed to shoot, I had the opportunity to shoot my first starring film in English, “What we find in the Night was shoot with all the protocols, covid tests and a small crew, we had to get used to mask in between take, alcohol all the time and social distance, a drastically change for a set.” Pictures attached of this amazing project where after losing a child, a woman is haunted by her sleepwalking hallucinations. So I can say to manage to keep being active in pandemic and had the luck to be part of this film where Keenan O’Reilly rewrote the main character to make it a better fix to me. First big project in LA and the road just started!

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1(Personal) and 2 : Freiddo 3 and 4 is captures from the Keenan O’Reilly film ” What we find in the night” 5-Luis Fervat 6- Iker Casillas 7-Marcelo Perez Lopez 8-Guillermo Deluque

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