Alycia Pascual-Peña Talks Netflix’s Moxie and Her Profession

Alycia Pascual-Peña Talks Netflix's Moxie and Her Career

Picture Supply: Brandon Hicks
When you’re not conversant in the identify Alycia Pascual-Peña, you can be. The younger actor obtained her begin within the trade on the age of three, all the time understanding she needed to be an actor. Previous to her roles in Moxie and on Saved by the Bell, she was nonetheless balancing life as a school scholar majoring in communications and political science. “I did it for so long as I may. Then Moxie got here round and sort of modified my life,” she advised CelebrityPie. “It introduced me to LA and Saved by the Bell stored me right here completely.”

Whereas learning at Marist School, Pascual-Peña typically struggled to search out stability. “Steadiness could be too sort of a phrase,” she stated to me with amusing. “I wasn’t all the time so nice at it, however I simply stayed decided and discovered actually compartmentalize my life whereas I used to be in class. This led to me figuring issues out and doing issues unconventionally like I might movie self-tapes in dorm hallways at 3 a.m. and made makeshift movies in my dorm.” When you’re not conversant in the self-tape course of, it is principally a digital audition and includes the actor filming their strains. I can solely think about what the opposite college students thought coming throughout her within the course of. “I knew that I did not need to cease performing, however I knew that I had a ardour to pursue my schooling,” she added.

“I did it for so long as I may. Then Moxie got here round and sort of modified my life.”

“I positively was a scorching mess and a half typically,” she shared. “At one level in my faculty profession, I had three jobs, was the vice-president of my total class, and on completely different boards, just like the Black Pupil Union. I used to be doing manner an excessive amount of.” If something, this dedication ready her for her roles as Aisha on Saved by the Bell and Lucy in Moxie. Each know precisely what they need and are able to fight the injustice they see at their faculty, it doesn’t matter what it takes. Though she’s now not in class, Pascual-Peña is as decided as ever to make a change in Hollywood.
Alycia Pascual-Peña Talks Netflix's Moxie and Her Profession
Picture Supply: Brandon Hicks
It is no secret that Hollywood has an issue in the case of an absence of variety and an absence of authenticity when telling various tales. Whereas it is true there was progress lately, Hollywood nonetheless has a protracted technique to go, and Pascual-Peña desires to be part of this modification. “I feel I am actually privileged to stay in a time the place I really feel like consciousness is shifting and there is a paradigm shift taking place in loads of fields the place we’re calling for each variety and genuine variety,” she defined. “However frankly, I’d say it isn’t sufficient. I feel modifications are taking place, however I am not seeing sufficient tales centered round individuals of coloration in marginalized communities.”

She continued, “Usually as an Afro-Latina, I can nonetheless firmly say inside my years performing, together with this one, which is now about 12 years {of professional} performing, I’ve solely seen about two roles that particularly requested for an Afro-Latina.” Neither Lucy in Moxie nor Aisha on Saved by the Bell had been initially written as Afro-Latina. “They merely turned that as a result of I used to be part of tasks that actually revered my voice and dedicated themselves to portraying various multi-dimensional girls.”

“I’m Black. That’s not one thing that may be negated in any of the characters that I’ve performed.”

Regardless of the shortage of roles written particularly with this a part of her identification in thoughts, Pascual-Peña goes in with the hopes she will be a part of the change. “I’m Black. That’s not one thing that may be negated in any of the characters that I’ve performed so I have been grateful to participate in tales that had been uplifting tales of Afro-Latinas,” she divulged. “I am praying to see extra tales that embrace Afro-Latinas and be revered for our complexity and our group. I additionally need to see extra individuals of coloration, marginalized people, and LGBTQIA+ people behind the digicam, so they could be a a part of telling these tales.”

To participate on this change and to fight the notions of these in Hollywood, Pascual-Peña is unapologetically herself. “I fight that with my fact. I fight that by all the time being vocal in what I need to see whereas additionally making an attempt to be intentional in regards to the function that I take and the tales that I am part of. If I fight that with my artistry, hopefully, and hopefully I am part of the change,” she revealed. Ultimately, Pascual-Peña desires to enterprise into writing and producing in order that she will guarantee these tales are advised. “It is all the time been a objective to write down and produce as a result of, on the finish of the day, they’re those who’ve the jurisdiction of actually navigating the place the tales go,” she stated. “I need to inform nuanced tales about Afro-Latina girls. Now we have to make a manner for ourselves.”
Alycia Pascual-Peña Talks Netflix's Moxie and Her Profession
Picture Supply: Brandon Hicks
When the trailer for Moxie first dropped, Twitter was fast to level out how Pascual-Peña’s character was harassed in class then later told to keep her head down by white characters. An avid person of Twitter herself, Pascual-Peña was no stranger to the backlash. “I needed to hear. I feel I used to be empathetic to it,” she revealed. “Folks solely had parts of the story, so I feel it is pure for them to react in the way in which that they did. I pray that once they see the precise movie entirety, that they depart with a a lot completely different impression.”

Whereas on Twitter, she additionally noticed considerations that Moxie was romanticizing harassment because of a scene between her and Patrick Schwarzenegger. “I feel it is nice that individuals had been being inquisitive and eager to be important of a narrative that they thought was going to be romanticizing abuse or harassment, which this movie is just not doing,” she defined as I advised her that had been my unique view as effectively. “If I used to be an viewers member, I feel I’d inherently consider that is what the story was going to say, too, as a result of that is what we have develop into accustomed to and see within the media, which is unlucky and detrimental to us as girls and as a society.”

I feel I’d inherently consider that is what the story was going to say, too, as a result of that is what we have develop into accustomed to and see within the media.”

As an alternative, Moxie is about a teen publishing an nameless journal calling out sexism at her faculty. This evokes her fellow college students to talk out about their very own points, which is one thing that’s close to and expensive to Pascual-Peña’s coronary heart. “I simply keep devoted to advocating for what I feel is true and doing that and all the pieces that I do with my actions, my artwork, my private life, vigorously; even when it isn’t the preferred factor to do,” she remarked.

On the telephone, her ardour and enthusiasm for Moxie and what it is meant for her private life is obvious. “I feel one thing highly effective in regards to the movie is the truth that we see activism on a spectrum. Implementing change and utilizing your voice does not all the time must be one thing massive. I feel it is nice that we see quite a lot of views from these women from completely different views and completely different backgrounds.” In her personal life, she strives to advocate for good, each personally and professionally. “I advocate for the issues I care about, whether or not it is fairness and variety, racial justice, my very own critique of the misogyny group, and the humanities. I attempt to all the time be vocal and develop in my information and attempt to do it in loads of methods, by making an attempt to depart issues higher than I got here to them.”

Whereas filming Moxie, the forged actually turned a household. “We’re tremendous, tremendous tight-knit, which is a results of Amy curating the most effective group of individuals I’ve ever been part of,” she stated with amusing. Actually, throughout our interview, Lauren Tsai, who performs Claudia within the movie, was over at her home with Josie Totah, her bestie/Moxie and Saved by the Bell costar. “Previous to the world shutting down, I took journeys with these women, had household dinners, and I ended up shifting in with one among them. Capturing was such a blessing, and I am unable to specific sufficient how superb every particular person was. Even once we making an attempt to sort out tough points inside the movie, all people made it such a beautiful supportive setting.”

“I hope that the viewers leaves feeling empowered and extra impressed to talk out about issues that make them uncomfortable.”

In relation to what she hopes audiences take away from the movie, she desires them to really feel as empowered as she did making it. “I hope that the viewers leaves feeling empowered and extra impressed to talk out about issues that make them uncomfortable,” she shared. “The dopest a part of the movie is the truth that you see somebody like my character, supervocal and curating occasions of younger girls, however you additionally see somebody like Claudia’s character, who enrolled the membership in class and did one thing within the logistical facet. Then you definitely see Vivian, who is not as extroverted, however actually will get to the trigger by creating the zine, which is then a catalyst in empowering so many different younger girls at their faculty. So I hope that individuals primarily depart with pleasure and really feel extra compelled to stay their fact and use the voice.”

Moxie may need modified her life, however she nonetheless has a protracted and shiny future forward of her. Subsequent up? Season two of Peacock’s Saved by the Bell revival, which was renewed in January 2021. “Clearly, I am elated that we’re going again for season two, and we’re superexcited as a forged,” she disclosed, the keenness in her voice evident. “I am additionally trying ahead to the women actually coming collectively within the present, as a result of I really feel like that is not one thing that we actually noticed within the first season. I’d like to have extra scenes, clearly selfishly with my lady, Josie Totah. I am additionally loving the thought of being extra of Aisha, simply dominating it on the sector as a quarterback, as a result of we actually see her step into her personal in that regard.” Once we final noticed Aisha, she was headed to inform Jamie that she nonetheless had emotions for him, solely to see him making out with Lexi, Totah’s character. And, in fact, we will not wait to see the place this love triangle goes. Exterior of the realm of Bayside Excessive, there’s an indie movie within the works that Pascual-Peña is worked up about. “It is a story that I feel is impactful, and like all roles that I get to play, I’d be humbled to be part of it.”


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