Masiela will star in two new films in 2010 "Of Silence" and "Signed in Blood"
Jeremiah Sayys wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in “Of Silence,” which centers on a scuba-diving instructor whose life is falling apart. An inner ear condition prevents him from
Masiela plays Sayys’s wife, and is joined by Muse Watson as Sayys’s father, and Paul Cuneo, who plays a
On December 16th, Masiela was interviewed for the upcoming documentary “Under the Boardwalk,” which explores the game of Monopoly and the people who play it. The filmmakers wanted to talk to Masiela about her experiences with Monopoly around the world, as she's played the game in several countries and in several different languages.
In fact, the game is sold in more than 103 countries around the world and is available in 37 different languages. Most foreign editions of the game adopt their own currency and property names--for example, the Boardwalk becomes Mayfair in England, Rue de la Paix in France, and Schlossallee in Germany.
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Double Helix Entertainment's new teen comedy "The Science of Cool," which is currently in pre-production, will star Mischa Barton ("The OC"), Jeremy Sumpter ("Friday Night Lights"), Masiela Lusha ("The George Lopez Show"), Jessie Cave ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"), and Kiely Williams (The Cheetah Girls). The movie will be directed by Tamara Tunie ("Law and Order SUV") and written by Eric and Patrician Goren, and centers on two geeky students who discover a formula that can transform nerds into studs. The project is slated to be a hilarious, modern take on some of the most classic 1980s teen comedies such as "Weird Science," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Sixteen Candles," and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
The official trailer of the upcoming movie that Masiela Lusha will play in "Time Of The Comet"
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Masiela will be a featured guest at Bench Warmer Trading Cards' 3rd Annual Toys For Tots Holiday Party at Kress in Hollywood on December 10th. Bench Warmer's 2007 toy drive collected more than 600 toys, and this year’s event has received 800 advance pledges. This drive should bring in close to 2,000 new toys!
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The Hook Up section of The National Enquirer reported that Masiela jumped at the chance to go to her friend’s high school prom, despite her busy schedule playing Carmen on George Lopez. She’d never attended the teenage right of passage, having tested out of high school at 15 years old. But she’d stayed in touch with her friends from Macomb Township, Michigan, and they arranged for Masiela to attend her prom at Dakota High School. She borrowed a dress from Warner Bros’ wardrobe dept, asked Drew Bell to be her date, and for one night she was just a normal teenager.
“It was strange to have a TV star at the prom,” said an English teacher who oversaw the event. “But it’s an exciting strange.”
In an interview with Lisa Steinberg of Starry Constellation Magazine Masiela discussed George Lopez, her new novel, and her lifelong obsession with S’mores.
It was the authenticity of humor and family that drew viewers to George Lopez, and Masiela felt lucky to have been “given freedom to entertain in our own way which is a gift in this industry.” She believes the show stayed fresh by allowing characters to evolve; her own character, Carmen, experienced three major relationships, catholic school, girl fights, running away, pretending to be pregnant, and more.
Masiela felt lucky to play such a colorful character, but made sure that Carmen was someone that other girls could relate to. For example, in one storyline Carmen was bullied by the popular girls. “After this aired I had girls come up to me in the street, telling me that the entire time they were crying because the same thing happened to them in high school,” said Masiela. “Moments like that make me proud to be an actress.”
Entertaining is instinctual to Masiela, and that’s one reason she loves doing comedy. “You hear the audience's reaction immediately...if I sync up with their enjoyment, they tend to sync up with mine and follow my lead as an entertainer. It's a wonderful relationship.”
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When the 100th episode of George Lopez aired in March 2006, it was the first time that any broadcast network comedy with a mostly Latino cast had reached this milestone.
"At that time, a quarter of my life was among the cast and crew of George Lopez. Reaching 100 episodes felt just as much of a personal accomplishment as it was a television milestone. I learned the greatest lessons of all inside the safety of a team I was blessed to call my family." - Masiela
The Burbank Leader reported that Masiela’s Illuminary Films is taking meetings with Hollywood studios. Masiela is president and CEO of the new production company, and Nick LoPiccolo has been promoted to president of marketing and production. Prior to joining Illuminary, LoPiccolo served as a production executive with Lopo Entertainment, an artist management and consulting firm, and with the Bozmedia Group in New York City, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and studios.
Illuminary Films will develop and produce film and television material with commercial appeal. Some of the films currently on their slate include “On, Cupid!” a story about Santa’s only daughter; “Angel Hair,” about a German girl fighting to survive in the Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II; and “Yellow Rose of Savona,” a story of love, betrayal and sacrifice during Benito Mussolini’s reign of Italy.
This photo was taken on March 30, 2008 at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I attended the "Nim's Island" premiere starring Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, and Abigail Breslin. The movie is truly magical and I'm so glad I got the chance to see it. You will too when it comes out on April 4th!
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As Carmen on “George Lopez” she dealt with some normal – and some not so normal – teenage stuff, such as fighting with friends, crushing on boys, and disobeying her parents. But there was always more to Masiela Lusha than “normal teenage stuff.” In this interview with Gina LaGuardia in College Bound Teen, Masiela talks about balancing being an actress, poet, and hunger prevention spokesperson .
Writing – whether it’s a screenplay, poetry, or novel – is one of Masiela’s first passions. At age 12, she became one of the youngest authors in the world with “Inner Thoughts,” published in both English and Albanian. The compilation was the result of traveling in Europe with her mother and writing her thoughts upon each discovery. “My muse carries me depending on the topic I’m studying at the time,” Masiela says.
In this in-depth interview with writer Michelle Blood for a book titled “How to Become a Magnet to Hollywood Success,” Masiela shares her experiences about being new to Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and the path to success. When Masiela and her mother first came to Hollywood to pursue Masiela’s acting career, mother and daughter were very new to the biz and the city. With a level head, a supportive family and a positive attitude, Masiela found her path to success. Beginning with television appearances on “Lizzie McGuire” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and her role as “Carmen” in over 100 episodes of “The George Lopez Show” along with upcoming roles in feature films, Masiela has broken the Hollywood barrier and is at the threshold of major stardom.
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Masiela hosted the “Models Around the World,” charity event on July 7 at Universal City Walk. The gala doubled as a premiere episode of a new television show that will travel the world, introducing local models, stylists and designers. Los Angeles was in the spotlight for this event, opening up the catwalk for dozens of hopefuls looking for their big break. Additionally, the show has a companion magazine called “MATW,” featuring Masiela on its first cover. Read the whole article here with additional pictures from the Cover Shoot and event here.
The event benefitted the Masiela Lusha Foundation
Masiela was in good company with Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Hayden Panettierre, and Luke Wilson, all sharing their favorite reads. Masiela picked "Aesop’s Fables" and the original German translation of "Grimm’s Fairy Tales." She loves reading some of the earlier tales, since “they were much darker then and were originally used to scare kids instead of entertain them!"
Masiela was a judge at the 2007 Love Equals writing contest, along with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Paul Newman, Rainn Wilson, John Lithgow and more.
"Experiencing the lives of young poets through their stories and figures of speech was a privilege for me," says Masiela. "There was a frothy sweetness to the netting of their words, and it was a refreshing experience I hope to relive in the future."
Love Equals is a writing competition for children from 6 to 11 years old. To enter, children write a letter, essay, story or poem explaining what love means to them. The Celebrity Judging Panel determines the winner, and prizes are given at a star-studded Valentine's Day Awards Ceremony.
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Masiela spent her formative years acting on George Lopez, but she is also a writer. She started writing her second book of poetry, "Drinking the Moon,” when she was thirteen. It’s the simplicity of poetry that Masiela is drawn to: “The most simple moments, like one person holding another person's hands, or one little smile that came out of nowhere; you can frame that into one poem.”
Writing poetry is very personal–“it's like publishing your diary”–but Masiela prides herself on being honest with the reader, and especially hopes to inspire girls. She was inspired to write by a female mentor, her teacher in Michigan, who asked her to read her poems in front of the class. “That was the first time I ever felt like I was accepted, and that it was okay to write, and it was okay to be good at writing poetry. It just snowballed from there. “
Masiela is just as passionate about movies, and hopes to do more. “I love the attention you have to give to movies, it takes you about three months for one character from beginning to end, to play the whole story, and you really sink into the character.”
Her final piece of advice to fans is to “find a subject that you absolutely adore…When you love something, you do a good job at it.”
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Much has been written about Masiela Lusha, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at all the cool facts Masiela recently shared with TeenMag.com. Masiela answers some basic and not so basic questions that shed a bit more light into her life and likes. If you're just getting to know Masiela, here are some basic facts: Masiela is 22, she's a Scorpio, and she was born in Tirana, the capital city of Albania.
Now, here are even more fun facts about Masiela: Food Network is her favorite channel; she loves S'mores for dinner and for breakfast too; you'll find Coco Puffs and Fruity Pebbles in her cupboard; she never misses TRL; she subscribes to Teen Magazine and Cosmopolitan; Ariel from Disney's "Little Mermaid" is her favorite cartoon character; Chinese pop, French pop, German pop and the weekly horoscope are in her iPod playlist; her fav fast food joint is McDonald's and she likes to order the #2 (double cheeseburgers); she exercises doing ballet everyday; her cell phone is a Sidekick; the cast of "The George Lopez Show" gave her a Maltese (which she named Daisy) on her 18th birthday; her giant brown sunglasses are her coolest clothing accessory.
Masiela’s film “The Time of the Comet" brought home top honors at the Inaugural Durres International Summer Fest Film Festival. Taking the prize for best Albanian film, "The Time of the Comet" is directed by Fatmir Koci and is based on a novel by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. Masiela stars and performs in her native Albanian.
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In an interview with Gabriel Castro for Latin Style magazine, Masiela talked about Carmen Lopez, books, fashion, and staying grounded. Although she is currently a junior at UCLA majoring in English, she remembers fondly her days portraying Carmen on “George Lopez.” “Carmen’s problems and the family’s problems [were] beyond Latino, they’re universal…she represent[ed] a role model for other teenagers in the U.S. having typical growing up experiences.”
Now that she’s in college, she’s focusing more on her writing. Some of her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. “’One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is such a powerful book – these writers shape my poetic voice.”
Masiela also took some time to discuss fashion and the dress she borrowed from Warner Bros for her high school prom. “I went straight to the 50s section and picked it out since I wanted to go vintage…It’s a masterpiece the way the designer tamed and manipulated the fabric to create this simple yet interesting dress.” Some of her fashion tips are to mix fabrics and break color rules, “…but it’s never in style to over do anything.”
With so much going on, how does she stay grounded? By driving up the coast with her mother. “When things get hectic, we just take a drive along Pacific Coast Highway, and connect with nature.”