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Meet Rising Actress: Carla Vila

Photo Credit: Richard Rowe

Written By: Sandy Nuzum

There are many Latinos taking it to the next level in the world of entertainment. So when presented with the opportunity to interview a rising star that is a fan of the Mambo, we jumped to learn more about the beautiful, Latina actress and model named Carla Vila. If she looks familiar, it’s because Ms. Vila is now currently starring in the second season of the series True Detective on HBO. Born in El Salvador, Carla grew up in Florida and later moved to Paris where she started her training and acting career. Read her interview below for an inside look to her success and her journey along the way.

How did you get into acting and what advice do you give to any Latinas wanting to get into the entertainment business?
I had just moved to France to study Visual Arts and I began a theater class to improve my French. I loved it so much that I began to train with acting coaches. Shortly after, I got an agent in Paris and began acting in French independent films.

I would tell Latinas to do what inspires them artistically and to commit to it. It’s essential to persevere and take risks; to be flexible in this journey and to push oneself out of one’s comfort zone. That is how we grow as artists. And to never let anyone discourage them from fulfilling their true potential.

What has been one of your most challenging roles that you’ve played in?
When I lived in France, I did a number of French language films. It was very difficult, especially in the beginning when I wasn’t yet fluent, to think and behave in that second language. Acting is all about instinct and impulses and it’s very challenging to follow them when you have to first translate what you want to express.

If you could pick any famous actor or actress to work with, who would it be and why?
It’s exciting to think about working with actors who are instinctive and who are unconventional in their performances. I highly admire the work and sensibility of Viola Davis and Benicio del Toro.

Being from El Salvador, how do you think the entertainment industry differs here in the U.S. from international industries? Is it easier for Latinos or harder?
There are definitely more work opportunities for Latin actors here in the U.S. as compared to El Salvador, where the film industry is underdeveloped. Salvadoran resources are scarce and funding for the arts is limited. Small steps are being taken to make films in El Salvador and I hope that it continues to grow as it would be a healthy means of expression for the country. In the U.S. there is an increasingly wider range of cultural diversity in the roles offered and the portrayals of Latinos are fortunately becoming more nuanced and realistic.

What song best describes you?
“Alive & Kicking” by Simple Minds

What’s next for Carla Vila?
I am currently putting most of my effort into co-producing a documentary about the lives of Salvadorans who lived through the civil war.

Carla Vila is proof that if you work hard enough, you can do anything in life that you want to do. We are very excited to see what Ms. Vila does next in her career but for now check out  a short clip of her scene in True Detective!

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Written By: Sandy Nuzum