Andrea Vicunia is an actress and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, originally from Spain. She has performed Stand Up Comedy all over Los Angeles including The World Famous Comedy Store and Improv at IO Theatre in Chicago. As a filmmaker, her last short film won Best Movie Shot in a Mobile Device at AT&T’s Create-a-thon and her last pilot was featured in Elizabeth Banks’ WHOHAHA and filmed inside Warner Bros. She’s an advocate for Women Filmmakers (Ms in the Biz, Women In Comedy) and Diversity (NOSOTROS, Generation LatinX). Andrea Vicunia and her bearded creative partner, Luca Nicora, create hilarious content on Instagram!
Hollywood Insider Interview with Filmmaker and Actress Andrea Vicunia
Hollywood World: What was the most significant decision in shooting your current film?
Andrea Vicunia: “Stereotyped” has been in my mind for many years but I didn’t know how to talk about diversity without creating a hostile conversation and response. I finally realized by doing Stand Up, that using comedy is a great way to have hard conversations, people feel less attacked and are willing to reconsider their actions or position.
The actual push to film came from brainstorming the idea with Luca and him forcing me to sit down and write; he was the first one to believe in me. Just a month later it was selected to film inside Warner Brothers thanks to AT&T! You just need one person to believe in you.
Hollywood World: What part of the script/story best stood out for you and why?
Andrea Vicunia: Hollywood is a really hard place to be and being a diverse actor is highly confusing, people assume all these things about you. When I shared my experienced with people, others shared different stereotyping that happened to them. I knew I had a great idea in my hands!
Hollywood World: Without giving it away, tell us a little bit more about the characters and the lead actors.
Andrea Vicunia: Andy is a young spaniard actress that arrives to LA just to realize she’s a walking Latino Stereotype. Actress: Andrea Vicunia
Ashley is a quirky valley girl that is focused on dating and social media. Actress: Dahlia Turnbull.
Jaime Gold is their queer sarcastic agent. Actor: Tim Wardell
Brad is a super hot Jesus-like hipster, that Andy has a huge crush on. Actor: Luca Nicora
Don is a hilariously racist Casting Director. Actor: Vediri Atiyota.
Hollywood World: How do you bring this story to life while staying true to your vision as director?
Andrea Vicunia: It’s a really personal story full of autobiographical elements so bringing the story to life is natural for me.
Hollywood World: What excites you about this project?
Andrea Vicunia: I’m excited about contributing to change the lack of diversity in the Entertainment Industry and opening the conversation to the limitation of roles offered when you are a Latinx (Gang Member, Drug Lord, Maid, Mistress, etc.), Asian (Gay, Nurse, Nerd, etc.) and Women (wife of, daughter of, mother, etc.).
Hollywood World: What other works are you most proud of?
Andrea Vicunia: We won 500$ and the Best Movie Shot in Mobile Device Award at AT&T’s Create-a-thon using 2 phones and 2 actors (Luca and Me) in one night with “Something is Off”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG-H_XaYlCg&t=1s
Hollywood World: What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?
Andrea Vicunia: Movies: I love “Monty Python” Comedies, “Taken” Thrillers and “Erin Brockovich” biographies.
Series: I’m faithful to “Friends” and the first seasons of “The Mindy Project” but “Money Heist” stole my heart this year, it’s so smart and well written! Plus- it’s made in Spain! #proud
Hollywood World: What do you do to enhance the collaborative process when working with actors, screenwriters, producers and others creative members?
Andrea Vicunia: It’s a learning process, in the ideal situation each creative sticks to their area of competence and the set is a piece of heaven. Reality is different and it can be challenging, but I think there is always room to find a middle point and solve in private any problems.
For example: I’m a really impulsive creator and Luca is really perfectionist, what at first seemed an impossible mix is now the perfect combination: I get him out of his comfort zone to create more and he gets me out of mine to wait to publish and have a better finished project.
You do want to find that team you can trust so when I have good experiences I keep them close to me!
Hollywood World: Which film festivals that you have been part of would you recommend to other filmmakers looking to screen his/her films?
Andrea Vicunia: AT&T is offering great opportunities to filmmakers with substantial awards and great experiences like filming inside Warner Bros Studios.
Women in Comedy is a fantastic organization and I would recommend their WICO Cohort to any filmmaker.
Hollywood World: Do filmmakers have any responsibility to culture? What message do you want to convey with your films?
Andrea Vicunia: Younger generations watch way more films and series than read books so I think the visual director is way more important now. We watch content and seeds are planted in our heads that inspire and affect us. It’s my responsibility to share a society that all audience members can relate to and female characters that exist in 2018, creating work that is empowering future generations.
Hollywood World: What other hobbies do you have?
Andrea Vicunia: I love doing Martial Arts, watching/performing live comedy and going to the movies!
Hollywood World: What do you want to be remembered for in life? What valuable lessons have you learned that helped you become the person you are today?
Andrea Vicunia: I’m learning a lot with this experience in WOMEN IN COMEDY and I used to feel impatient to “make it” and angry of waiting, basically I was not enjoying the process. That changed when I quit my day job and started doing what I came to do to the US: Act, Create and make others (and myself) laugh!
The big lesson is that you can’t control the “how” or “when”, you can just control your thoughts, your vision and your work.
I’m surrounded by strong women who have taught me to raise my voice so I want to open doors to other women in the industry and to other female driven stories!
Hollywood World: What are your top five principles of success?
Andrea Vicunia: Perseverance, Focus, Affirmations, Opportunities and Happiness.
Hollywood World: What’s next?
Andrea Vicunia: Fly to LA to get that award and film the pilot in Chicago during the summer!