I think it would be amazing to bring together certain communities (those who are homeless, those battling cancer, those fighting mental illness, etc.) on certain nights and have free improv shows or acting classes to brighten their day and give them a laugh. Food could be donated so they could enjoy a free meal during the show. There could be donated items and inspirational handwritten letters written from different people in the acting community that could be handed out at the end to anyone who was in need of items like clothing, food, toiletries, or just something to brighten their day.
As a part of my series of the rising stars in popular culture, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mariana Miletti. Mariana is an aspiring actress and lifestyle model who has modeled for companies like Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s, and local businesses. She has acted in multiple projects such as the soon to be released short “As You Wish”, “Fly By Night”, and multiple commercials/industials. She is a Meisner trained actor that is drawn to dark and dramatic roles.
Thank you so much for having me! It all began when I was watching the movie “The Gameplan”, featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Madison Pettis. I was only 8 or 9 but something about this movie really made me feel drawn to acting and storytelling. I remember sitting in front of the TV, turning on the movie, and pausing it ever 20 seconds to write down the lines. Not too long after that my mom brought me to my first acting class.
I think one of the craziest acting stories I have to date is from a scene I had to rehearse with my partner Steve. It was an abusive scene and we were practicing it outside. All of a sudden we heard the screeching of a car pulling up abruptly and a man jumped out of the car thinking my partner was actually abusing me and this man was trying to help me. It was super uncomfortable to tell him it was just a scene when he was on the verge of trying to possibly fight my scene partner, but I’m glad to see people still stop to help others when they think they’re in a bad situation.
I once was doing background work when I was 12 and was supposed to be walking and talking and we were supposed to be joking around, having fun, and trick or treating. My partner and I had a little too much fun and she pushed me jokingly and I nearly tripped over Victoria Justice. We had to start the scene over. Of course that would never happen now, as it was just kids being kids being too into it, but it’s always funny to look back to that being my first acting job. It’s always good to be extra aware of your surroundings….especially knowing where the actors are walking! Another mistake I made was trying to be someone else for a role instead of living truthfully and adding in elements of “Mariana” into it to make it unique. I remember doing a monologue when I was 12 in front of multiple agents about the stuggles of braces and when I watch the video now, I cant help but laugh and cringe. I was really making the script more than it was and it came off very cheesy (but on the bright side, it was pretty funny…just not in the way it was intended to be.) I definitely prepare for roles much differently now and my breakdown process is much different thanks to learning what works for me and learning things from people like my teacher and classmate/friend Diana. There has to be a certain level of preparation for the role, but once you’re in it and doing it you need to shake it off and live in the moment as well. It shouldn’t be “acting” it should be living.
I just finished up filming for an exciting horror short film called “As You Wish”. I can’t say too much yet, but it is about a girl having issues with her boyfriend and there is an evil genie that comes into the story to try and “solve” that. It’s unlike anything I have ever filmed before and I had to get to a really dark place for the role. I have a few upcoming shorts that I’m very excited about as well.
I have interacted with Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, John Marshall Jones, and many more. It was so exciting to be able to interact with, be inspired by, and learn from people of their stature. Ariana Grande was so kind. She asked me what my name was and said “Ahhh Oh my gosh Mariana, my name is ARIANA!” and she gave me a high five and a hug. I got to meet Rowan Blanchard too and we talked briefly about her former show “Girl Meets World”, acting coaches, etc. I am close to Emmy nominated actress Pamela Daly and she has thekindest heart. She takes such a different and physical approach to acting that I felt stupid doing at first, then suddenly felt so much more free, relaxed, and better about my work once I started doing it. She is a gift to the acting community. I also got to meet people like the director of NCIS and the director of “God’s Not Dead”. I work closely with former “Fame” actor Billy Hufsey and I have gotten to hear so many amazing stories from him and I learned so many lessons. Every encounter I have ever had has been so exciting. I love hearing others stories and advice.
It is great to be consistent, but sometimes you need breaks. If you feel emotionally drained or burned out, it is likely you need a few weeks off to recollect yourself and get that fire back. Don’t take just any job that is thrown at you. Make sure it will benefit you in some way.
Thank you! I think it would be amazing to bring together certain communities (those who are homeless, those battling cancer, those fighting mental illness, etc.) on certain nights and have free improv shows or acting classes to brighten their day and give them a laugh. Food could be donated so they could enjoy a free meal during the show. There could be donated items and inspirational handwritten letters written from different people in the acting community that could be handed out at the end to anyone who was in need of items like clothing, food, toiletries, or just something to brighten their day.
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This always reminds me how you can’t live the same day over and over again and call it a life or expect something to change. If you don’t like the way something is going in your life, you need to change it, switch things up, get out of your comfort zone, and try new things. This is relevant to me because I used to feel so stuck in my acting and felt I was plateau-ed. I decided to seek out new training and techniques and I got a new agency. I decided to make plans to branch out to other markets and I plan to be doing more in New York and LA by the end of the year.
My mom! She has helped me in countless ways from driving with me to auditions and jobs for support, to running lines with me, to giving me pep talks, signing me up for acting classes when I was younger, and coming to any shows I’m in. That is just the tip of the iceberg. She wants to see me happy, succeeding, and doing what I love all of the time and she is the sweetest soul. If it weren’t for her I probably wouldn’t be acting right now. Once when we were in LA we had made plans to go to Disneyland with friends. I ended up getting called to have a meeting with a manager in Culver City so my mom drove us all the way from Anaheim, to Culver City, back to Anaheim, then back to the place we were renting. I have never wanted to be out of LA traffic so bad but I was so grateful for the opportunities. She is always by my side through craziness when many other moms would never do half of what she does. My friends are also an amazing support system and we encourage each other and inspire each other all of the time.
I have SO many people and companies that I would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with. At the top of my list is Gina Rodriguez or Rachel McAdams. They are two of my favorite actresses and I feel they would have so much amazing advice and great lessons to teach me. I would love to pick their brains about their careers, success, and personal lives. I would also love to have lunch or breakfast with Madison Pettis since she is the one who first inspired me to try and pursue acting.
They can find me on instagram at @marianamiletti (:
Thank you so much for having me! Xx