Luisa Rubino does her first ever live audience interview on the L.A. Weekly Weekly Podcast with presenter Brian Calle.
When meeting the young actor, one is struck by how approachable and genuine she seems. Despite being one of the best-known Mexican-born TV actors in the United States, there’s nothing stodgy about her personality. Having a conversation with her is like having a conversation with a nice classmate or colleague who happens to star in American blockbusters like Narcos: Mexico and Fugitiva. Caer en Tentación, Como Dice El Dicho, and La Rosa de Guadalupe featured her in recurring roles, making her a household name.
Even though she has been acting since she was five years old,Luisa Rubino admits, “I always feel frightened.”
Public speaking isn’t easy for her since she’s been on the big screen for a long time, portraying various powerful female characters. Stage fear, on the other hand, still affects even the most well-known performers.
Luisa Rubino success is large because she has mastered the art of channelling her anxiety into positive energy. There is a lot of pressure to perform well and make a good first impression when you are auditioning for a job or a role, she continues, which may be overwhelming. Having to constantly adjust your persona dependent on the character and director you’re auditioning for makes it impossible to succumb to anxiousness in this line of work. For Rubino and her coworkers, the hard work and often painful effort to ignore fear and channel that intense energy into confidence has been a constant challenge.
Covid has revolutionised the business by increasing the difficulty of the audition procedure. Unlike when they were working in a studio with a crew and directors, actors and actresses are no longer given the same assistance and signals while working alone. Casting directors used to be able to help actors adapt their auditions based on their body language, but today it’s up to the talent to use their judgement and intuition to make the right call.
There are no more in-person auditions due to “Covid and pandemic,” says Rubino. Instead, “there are a lot of self-tapes and castings on Zoom.” Acting is a challenge because you don’t have someone – the director or someone from production – telling you what they want from the character, the part, so it’s a little bit of a challenge. Imagination is the key here. You must go as far as possible with your imagination and give it your best try.
You’d go into the room and say, ‘right, let’s go’ before,” she says with a giggle.
Despite the awkwardness of standing in front of five or six people who are simply gazing at you, actors have the unique ability to read those poker expressions and transform themselves into the character casting desires. It takes more than just natural skill to succeed in Hollywood, as Rubino has shown.
Luisa Rubino was born in Mexico City, the daughter of Argentinian parents, and spent her early years in both countries.
As Luisa Rubino young family struggled to adjust to life as ex-pats in Argentina, they had to go back and forth between the nation and Mexico regularly. Until four years ago, the family lived in Mexico, where her younger brother was born, until the actress relocated to Spain to shoot a T.V. programme.
About a year and a half ago, I moved to Spain. Rubino says, “It was the finest year of my life… “I grew as a person and professional due to this experience. It was the first time in my life that I left the comforts of my own home and travelled to a new nation and continent.”
So how did she get herself in one of the fascinating cities in the world — Madrid – living her dream? Her father was an actor, and she used to go with him to see him perform.
While living in Mexico as an Argentinian immigrant, my parents had nowhere to put me when I was a newborn. There was no one to talk to, neither a grandma, an aunt, or a friend. Since both my father and mother have worked in the profession, I’ve been exposed to it from an early age,” she explains. “It was something I observed and experienced very young.” There were two advertisements I was in as a newborn, and they were both for me!”
‘I began asking – you know I wanted to be an actor – I was asking my parents at the age of five about studying this, becoming this, and being an actress,” she explains. They were taken aback but agreed to help her until she became tired of acting and decided to give it up. However, it didn’t end there. She had discovered her aim so early that she had no intention of leaving and was certain she would reach the summit.
A simple “I really wanted this,” Rubino says.
As a result, she walked out and snatched it up.
She inquired about everything from modelling to acting. She gained her expertise and confidence as she progressed from camera kinds to film genres. Even at 23, she hasn’t reached the pinnacle of her development and dreams of one day being a director.
Was there a time when she knew she’d accomplished her mission? The actress confirmed as much when we asked her about landing the lead role in the critically acclaimed Netflix series Narcos: Mexico.
As Andrea Nuez, an idealistic and ambitious young journalist, Rubino joins the cast of Narcos: Mexico as a kingpin-busting journalist who uncovers a far larger narrative than she ever expected. With his Netflix debut on November 5, the beginning of the conclusion of the Narcos narrative will include Rubino in a prominent position.
Listen to this week’s edition of the L.A. Weekly Weekly Podcast to discover more about the great young talent who is COVID and how she has revolutionised the audition and casting process in the traditionally harsh American profession.