Exclusive Interview with Aimee Garcia of George Lopez
Exclusive Interview with Aimee Garcia of George Lopez
Aimee Garcia knows what it’s like to work with her idols, after all, she works with comedian George Lopez as George’s niece Veronica on the ABC sitcom George Lopez..  This proud Latina is also set to be the atypical weather girl in Fox’s new comedy Action News.  Aimee took some time from her busy schedule to talk to BuddyTV about working with George, the challenge of comedy and being a Latina in the industry.

BuddyTV: Looking at your bio, you started acting at a really young age and you’ve been acting since then, and you went to school.  Was acting something you always wanted to do or did you ever entertain thoughts of doing something else?

Aimee: I always knew since I was two that I loved this thing called “put on a show for the peeps.”  And I started dancing at a really early age and then got into commercials when I was about nine.  It went from a hobby to a part-time job throughout my high school years, and I did theater.   So it was always a fun outlet for me as a kid and a great alternative to working at the Gap for minimum wage.  I instead got to work with sports legends like Michael Jordon, Sammy Sosa, and be flown out to LA to meet Charles Barkley and eat a bunch of fries. I always associated a lot of fun with these things called acting and performing.

 When I went to college, there was this social pressure of “you got to get a real job, you can’t just eat fries with Michael Jordon for a living.”  So I majored in economics and journalism because I thought that writing was and is an invaluable skill necessary for anything from getting out of traffic tickets to writing cool e-mails to your friends.  I was actually a mutual fund analyst for an investment survey company in New York because I wanted to merge my two degrees together.  So I not only entertained a polar opposite career, I was involved in a finance career, which is a polar opposite to acting.

I even considered doing photography because National Geographic is my favorite magazine and I also considered being a translator and going to Switzerland to learn more languages because I know three but I wanted to learn a lot more and maybe translate for the United Nations.  Those are the other two careers I flirted with.  Then I realized that I could have a lot more time to travel and learn languages and it wasn’t so bad to go back to what you love to do.  So essentially I returned to my first love after dating these other careers.  I’ve never really looked back since.

Can you talk a little about how you ended up on George Lopez?

Sure.  I had to try out like everybody else and I guess George had known me through other projects I was on and always said, “Oh, we should have this girl on the show,” which I didn’t know until later.  As far as I was concerned, I didn’t think anyone knew who I was.  I did work on American Family with Constance, who plays his wife on the show.  I went in and bombed my audition and I don’t do that too often.  I’m usually pretty good when I go up to bat but I don’t know, I think I had just come in from out of the country and I didn’t do too well, not too funny in that room.  He gave me a second shot and had me come back and I was back to my homeostasis state. I got the job and got to work with Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Belita Moreno, and essentially all of my idols.  It was really lucky.

How is it working with a comedy icon like George Lopez every day?

It’s great for my abs; I no longer work out because I laugh so hard at work. It’s exhilarating, it’s inspiring, it’s shocking at times, it’s embarrassing when he’s making fun of you for thinking the guy who is guest starring in that episode is cute.   It’s an incredibly steep learning curve.  I am working with someone who holds the attention of 7,000 people on a daily basis when he goes all around the country putting on live performances.  His comedic timing is impeccable and I am essentially working with what I think to be a legend.  He can segway between the small screen, live performances and features.  He’s just a ball of laughs and you have to be on your toes because he may say his line or he may make up his own line, you really have to be listening.   You can’t be on robot automatic mode because you will not survive.  He is definitely a dynamic performer and an unpredictable one, so you have to be on your complete high alert to even consider rolling with him in a scene.

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(Interview Conducted by Oscar Dahl)

Photo Courtesy of ABC.com