Lela Loren

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Lela Loren
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Lela Loren at the opening night of Broadway's "Eclipsed" in 2016
Born
Lela Maria Loren Avellaneda Sharp[citation needed]

(1980-05-07) May 7, 1980 (age 40)[citation needed]
OccupationActress
Years active2006–present

Lela Loren (born Maria Loren Avellaneda Sharp on May 7, 1980)[not verified in body] is an American television and film actress. Known for her leading role as Angela Valdes on the Starz television series, Power,[1] [2] Loren notes in interview that it took time to land her first audition, and that her early roles were in The Shield, Gang Related, and shows of the CSI franchise.[3] Further television roles followed, including in Cold Case, and Ghost Whisperer,[not verified in body] and she went on to film roles, including in The Hangover Part III and Reign Over Me.[not verified in body] In 2019, Loren joined the second season of the Netflix science fiction series, Altered Carbon as a series regular, playing the character of Danica Harlan.[4]

Early life[edit]

Loren was born Maria Loren Avellaneda Sharp on May 7, 1980 in Sacramento, California.[citation needed] She has one sibling,[3] an older brother, Daniel Sharp, who is the executive chef at a small restaurant in New York City.[5] Her mother is of Mexican descent, received her college degree in her 40s, and became a teacher; her father, an American, was working as an economist at the time he married her mother.[3] She spent her childhood in Sacramento, California, and later, in suburban Sacramento, although spending summers in an area of her mother's heritage, in Mexico.[3] Loren has stated that, despite her mom being from Michoacán, Mexico,[6] she did not learn Spanish until she was 10 years old, and that doing so helped her to communicate with relatives when she would return to the village from which her mother came.[7] From early childhood, Loren had surrounded herself with an array of pets, and had intended a career in biology.[3] Loren went to an all-girls' high school,[8] where she was a member of a men's rowing team.[8][9]

Loren attended the Whitman College,[10][better source needed] in Walla Walla, Washington,[9][better source needed] where she majored in biology.[citation needed] She "begrudgingly fell in love" with acting after enrolling in a fine arts course "to get it out of the way", only to find herself moved to an entry level acting class when the arts class was full.[3] It is reported that she did work on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska as a means to pay her college expenses.[8][9] She graduated with a B.A. in theatre,[9] in 2002.[citation needed] She also studied performing arts at the Ruskin School of Acting.[where?][when?][9] From her upbringing and studies, Loren is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.[9][11]

Career[edit]

Television work[edit]

Loren notes that it took three years for her to land her first acting audition, and that she "paid her dues with small roles"—in The Shield, Gang Related, and shows of the CSI franchise.[3] Further television roles followed, including in Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer.[citation needed] Loren began a leading role as Angela Valdes on the Starz television series, Power.[when?][1][2]

In 2019, Loren joined the second season of the Netflix science fiction series, Altered Carbon, as a series regular, playing the character of Danica Harlan.[4]

Film work[edit]

Loren has had various film roles, including in The Hangover Part III and Reign Over Me.[citation needed]

Stage work[edit]

In 2009, Loren played the lead role, Flora, at the American Conservatory Theater in José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted.[9] She also starred as Antonia in a stage production of My Antonia at Pacific Resident Theatre.[when?][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Between the Lines Yola
2007 Reign Over Me Dental Hygienist
2008 Flotsam Salazar Short
2011 The Reunion Theresa Trujillo
2013 Snitch Vanessaa
2013 The Hangover Part III Female Officer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cold Case Ana Castilla "Sanctuary"
2006 CSI: Miami Isabella Mansera "Shock"
2006 CSI: NY Jo O'Keffe "Sweet 16"
2007 The Shield Nydia Hernandez "Baptism by Fire", "Back to One", "Chasing Ghosts"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Anna Sanchez "Haunted Hero"
2008 The Unit Carina "Sudden Flight"
2009 NCIS Agent Isabella 'Izzie' Cortez "Outlaws and In-Laws'
2010 Chuck Elia "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners"
2010 Lost Claudia "Across the Sea"
2011 The Mentalist Nilda "Bloodhounds"
2011 The Closer Maria Flores "Death Warrant"
2012 Covert Affairs Blanca Gonzalez "Loving the Alien"
2012–13 H+: The Digital Series Francesca Rossi Main role
2013 Whisper of Fear Jane Cox TV film
2014 Gang Related Silvia Recurring role
2014–2019 Power Angela Valdes Main role (seasons 1–5)
2020 Altered Carbon Danica Harlan Main role (season 2)

Personal life[edit]

Loren also writes poems,[12][full citation needed] which is part of her process of getting into character.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b de Leon, Concepcion (June 5, 2015). "Power's Lela Loren on Playing a Shady Prosecutor and What Success Means to Her". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Morales, Nikoleta (June 19, 2014). "Lela Loren breaks stereotypes in "Power"". Archived from the original on 31 July 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Connery, Ana Pelayo (September 15, 2018). "Lela Loren of the Hit Show Power Draws Strength from her Heritage". USAToday.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  4. ^ a b White, Peter (August 27, 2019). "'Altered Carbon': 'Power' Star Lela Loren Joins Season 2 Of Netflix's Sci-Fi Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Gabbara, Princess. "How Actress Lela Loren Faked Her Way Into Cooking on an Alaskan Fishing Boat". Rachael Ray In Season.
  6. ^ Monell, Ray (June 11, 2015). "Lela Loren in the thick of the action on Starz drama 'Power'". NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ a b c Balfour, Brad (June 2, 2015). "Omari Hardwick and Lela Loren Talk Power's Season 2". BlackFilm.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h TV Guide Staff (5 March 2020). "Lela Loren—Biography—Fast Facts, College". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 5 March 2020. Fast Facts / Was a member of an all-male crew team during high school. / Studied performing arts at Ruskin School of Acting. / Worked as a commercial fisher in Alaska to pay for college. / Starred in the titular role of a stage production of My Antonia at Pacific Resident Theatre. / Performed the lead role of Flora in José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted at the American Conservatory Theater in 2009. / Is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. / College / Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, United States (BA in Theatre)[better source needed]
  10. ^ Loren, Lela (August 28, 2016). "'Power' episode 7: Actress Lela Loren on how FBI interrogation scenes get made". EW.com. Retrieved March 5, 2020.[better source needed]
  11. ^ "The Source |Her Source I Lela Loren & Naturi Naughton Talk 'Power'". April 13, 2014.
  12. ^ Unknown participant (Interviewer), Hardwick, Omari & Loren, Lela (interviewees) (n.d.). Omari Hardwick & Lela Loren on the Final Season of 'Power' and Possible Spin-Offsv (Sway's Universe). Retrieved March 5, 2020 – via www.YouTube.com.[full citation needed]

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