It's no secret that we love comic books here at Valfré, so we were ecstatic when actress and the new Jubilee star in X-Men, Lana Condor, stopped by the studio to snap some photos and chat. Lana gave us the rundown on how she prepares for a role, what super power she wishes she had, and what's next for her after X-Men. Be sure to read our interview with her below and watch her in the new X-Men: Apocalypse releasing May 27th.
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How did you first get into acting?
I first got into acting when I took an acting class in New York City. I lived in New York for about five years and was always surrounded by so much art and culture so that was very inspiring. My family would take me to plays and musicals while I lived in New York and I always kind of thought to myself that I could maybe do something like that in the future, that it all looked so exciting. I have also been dancing for a long time so in terms of performing I wasn't new to it.
What was it like working on the set of X-men?
Incredible. It was a huge set, with wires and cameras and amazing actors and crew members literally everywhere you looked. It was an experience I will never forget, and I am forever grateful for.
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How do you best prepare for a role and get into character? How did you prepare to play Jubilee?
I read as many comics as I could get my hands on that Jubilee was in, and I watched the cartoons! I was really fortunate that there was so much pre-existing content on Jubilee and it really helped me and my performance.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
If I could have one superpower I think it would be teleporting. I love the idea of skipping the 405 LA traffic ha ha. But really I think that it would be awesome to be able to just close my eyes and transport myself to wherever I wanted.
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Were there any movies that inspired you to get into acting growing up?
What movie that really stands out to me would be the Devil Wears Prada. That movie is epic, I can quote the whole thing. Actually when I was first meeting with a commercial agent in LA, I did Meryl Streep's monologue from Devil Wears Prada... Clearly nobody told me that that was a little ambitious for how green I was hahah.
Any advice for expiring actors/actresses?
The advice I would give to aspiring young actors and actresses would be to work hard and not give up when you can be faced with a lot of rejection and frustration. One of my costars told me once when I was frustrated that “the right project will come, it always does. Even if you have to wait a while.” And I believe that. You just have to work hard and power through.
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What's next for you?
I'm doing a film called Patriots' Day. I'm incredibly excited about it, I believe that this project is going to mean so much to so many people… It's really an honor to be a part of it.