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Season 2, Episode · 1 year ago

Acting and Social Justice with Actress Chelsea Rendon

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Chelsea Rendon is an actress who was on hit TV show Vida. Chelsea shares her passions for acting and her perspective on social justice issues. She pours passion and zeal in this interview.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rita-bautista/message

Parts of your character do you most identify with? You guys haven't heard her name, you obviously are hiding under a rock. Today I'm joined with a star of the hit series Viva. You're listening to empowerment and all that podcast, your favorite podcast for women's empowerment, hosted by Rita Bautista. It's time to be reminded of the authority of your inner goddess and elevate the power within. Are you ready? I'm joined with Chelsea rendown, who is a star of the hit series Viva, and if you guys haven't heard her name, you obviously are hiding under a rock, because she's been on shows from like shameless to obviously being one of the number one stars on the show of you that. Thank you so much, Chelsea, for joining me today. I'm super excited to have you here. Thank you so much. I'm so excited. So, Chelsea, what has been one of your favorite roles that you've played so far? Definitely mighty is on the top, just because being able to live with her for three years and three seasons and she's one of the first characters that I played that is written so well and she's so layered. She's the Badass activist and she's woke and she's strong, but then she deals with the my cheeseonus in her household and she's super weak and vulnerable, and then she's been her love life with Lott Oak, super naive and you know, and there's all these layers to her, which I think is really important to portray and and that's been my favorite part of her, to show all the different sides of her. So what parts of your character do you most identify with? Well, me and Monty, I'm also born and raised in like Manta Ballo, east La, so we're from like the same area. I'm also like a Tomboy, because she doesn't like she's not a girly girl,...

...but she takes care of herself, you know what I mean? That's one of the things I also loved about filming is that I was always into teddy shoes and like jeans, so it was like yeah, I didn't have to worry about heels. What she's she's very much in your face and like unapologetically herself, which I'm definitely like that, and I definitely fight for what I believe in, like money, so I absolutely love that and for the people who are listening, you know that I'm all about telling it like it is and trying to get you guys to understand, just like the power of who you are and not being afraid of really standing in that light and talking about that, being very upfront and honest. Do you think that you're upbringing up lent itself to you being that bold and forward, or do you think that was something that that grew, that you grew into? No, totally. My mom is a reason why I'm so strong and independent. My mom raised us as a single mother. My Dad was around, but he never lived with us and we visited with him and she just did it all. She juggled a full time job and then taking care of me and my sister and then, when I started acting, juggle taking me to auditions and to set and still doing regularly mother things. And my mom actually had breast cancer when I was little and she still would wake up and take us to school and pick us up and she couldn't really cook because she was like sit and my sister would make this Cup of noodle. You know, she just taught us how to be super, super strong and and I definitely owe all my strength to my mom. I love that. My mom was super strong to she still is very strong, so I can totally relate to that. You started your acting career at a very young age. So it like six years old. Yes, tell us a little bit about that. At that, at such a young age, what is the person thinking when they're going to a set, when they're being asked to perform? Well, for me it was always in my blood. I always like I came out of the womb...

...ready to perform, I like to say, but I never saw it as work for me. It was always fun. I think it took me a while to realize that auditions weren't a job, that that was a tryout for the job. But no, it was just so much fun. I always had a such a great time and and I think being little like the cast and the crew is so like endearing to like little kid actors, because they're like, oh my God, Zo, you, you're doing like doing this. So I got so much love from from a lot of people and I was just so excited and and it was like a playground for me. So I was always curious, like why is the light up there? All that cranes up there, what does that mean? And and oh can I be behind the scenes, and I remember I when I was on an episode of Ear the Director Actually let me out action and everyone was so confused because my little girl voice is like action and everyone's looking around like what the heck he's like actually, and then like they started to see, but it was so funny. Yeah, I was amazing. My Gosh. Is there anything that you wish would have been a little different in your acting career, since you started so young? I think the only thing, in a sense, is I was the only one of my family to be an actor, so it wasn't like my parents and my grandparents and we knew what to do or anything like. I'm the first one. My mom also has like that immigrant mentality in the sense of like just take what they giving you, don't ask for more. So like when there were times where in like I was like testing for a project or like the top three, my reps were trying to get me more money and she was like no, don't make her lose this opportunity. Just like let her book the job. And now I'm able to see like could have asked for more and it wouldn't have been anything bad. It's just like part of the negotiations. That's part of the business. So that's the only thing that I feel like I wish would have been a little differently, like if maybe my reps had the leeway to negotiate a little bit more on my behalf. Not that I think it would change my life in any...

...drastic way, but maybe my quote would be different already before change recently, or so, you know what I mean. Like that I would just have a little bit more value than I felt like I did in the past. I love that you bring that up. One of the topics that we pretty much here almost repeated with women in general, and it's interesting that that would be the one thing that you would talk about is the value wishing somebody would have negotiated higher on on your part, on your behalf. Do you think that would have been any different if you would not have been Latina? Yes, because, well, maybe maybe not. If maybe, if I was white specifically, would be really different, but if I was another form of immigrant that my mom might still have that same mentality. HMM. But I think it just stems from, at the end of the day, like the white privilege that people have that they don't realize. You could be doing the same job as somebody else for the same amount of time, same resume, and a white man will still get more than you, and like how unfair that is. And so I again I think if I was white, full on white, then maybe you would have make a difference, but if I was any other type of child of an immigrant, you know what I mean, even though my mom was born here, but she still had that mentality. So I think that's the biggest thing, that immigrant mentality that we need to kind of let go of. I absolutely agree. There's an it a pretty interesting statistic that you bring that up, that states that Lettin has make fifty four cents on the dollar of their white counterparts. How do you think we can co about changing that statistic? I think the first thing is asking for more ourselves, not to be afraid to ask, but also not to be over zealous with it and not to be like I want a million dollars and then but I okay, hold on, you're not going to get a million dollar. Be reasonable with the ASS but still asking for more, so then when the next person comes up behind you, they have your value to...

...go off of, not this fifty four cents. Say you made it to sixty five sets, but you're going little by little and then, as time comes in the next person gets more and gets more. That's what I think that we can do. But I think at the end of the day, like we need to have allies, like we need to have the white man be our ally and the white woman be our ally and accept what has been going on, and even though they're not particularly like racist or like against feminism or whatever it is. It's not that you're that, but just saying like, okay, you've been a your part of it just by being white. So now extended in all the branch and and from there will go. That's pretty powerful, you know. I've been seeing a lot of memes about that. To is, like, what if this year wasn't the year that everything broke down? What if this is the year that we needed to push forward and to to make a big change? Like you said, like the whole world is rising from the ashes. Yeah, like the whole world is watching it. What's going on here. The whole world is rioting with us. But see, and then that's another thing. We're not even rioting, it's protesting. But again, that's a thing where, like you're you've been hearing on the news riot's, riot's, riot's, when it's not fucking riots. But the media doesn't want to cover all the people protest. There's been hell a protest going on the last few days. Don't even see them in the news anymore. I only see them on social media from the people at the protest posting about them. But so it's not a story that's going to get all the people watching, so the news doesn't care, you know what I mean? And that's where, again, media plays a big part in the story. What's exactly is the story? And again everybody was talking about the rioting, the rioting, the rioting, and it was like no, there was tenzero peaceful protesters and twenty stupid kids that were looting. That's the true story, but nobody wants to say that because it doesn't sell. It's not Click Bait. You're not going to click on it and be like Oh my God, you know what I mean. When then, the danger with that...

...too is you have this huge movement that's called the black lives matter movement, and people are going to the streets and and that's kind of like the fundamental portion of between what up in a George Floyd and then continuing of the conversation. And if you have people on the street saying black lives matter and then there's the conversation of rioting, you people would automatically equate black lives matter with rioting and then like basically dilute the message of the positivity that's coming out of all of this. So you know, it's kind of like you said earlier, right the Karens that say things without even knowing. Sometimes I got myself caught up into social media war, but it wasn't and all I was trying to do was tell them listen, you guys have to be very careful with the language that you're using, because the language is the most powerful part of this. If you're throwing around the words the criminal when people are out on the streets protesting and you know it's all about black lives matters, and people were going to automatically associate criminals and looting and rioting, like you said, with such a desositive movement that's trying to make a change for everybody, specifically for the black men. I I had an issue on twitter where when we had, I think it was episode for no three, when mighty had an ice scene where she sees a guy get detained and the ice officers break his window in his car to get him out. And somebody was like, that's what's wrong with the media. You had these people, the producers, portraying ice and a a an arrest would never happen like that and, you know, Blah, blah, blah, Blah Blah. And they were adding me because, of course, on the character playing, you know, money. And so they started trying to give out statistics of something, something, something, that they have a warrant or they have this or this, this,...

...that, and that ninety percent of ice arrest go without harm or blah blah, blah, Blah Blah. And then I responded saying, like, I know people in my actual life that have been detained for riding a bike, that have been detained for going to the police about domestic violence or or going fishing that were detained. So no, your facts are not right. And then we went back and forth, and then we went it was only like a couple messages back or like a couple tweets back and forth, but then he said a comment in his in his tweet that said racism is a rare occurrence, and then I was like this motherfucker, and I was like Oh okay. So then I was like no, I'm like not even worth my time. So then I literally replied and I said the fact that you just said, and I put in quotes, racism is a rare occurrence, means that I don't even need to have this conversation with you, because you won't even be honest with yourself. A moud Aubrey was chased down and murdered for jogging while black, and that's not the one time this has happened. So if you can say that, there's no reason to talk to you because you are truly like blinded. And then he was like, oh well, I didn't say that it never happened. I just said and I was I didn't even reply because I'm like why am I going to argue and give my energy to someone that it's not going to matter what I say? And so that's where I have to check myself as like, I'll go back and forth with you if it's something that I feel that you were having an open communication and open conversation, but if you're so narrow minded to be like racism is a rarer occurrence, sit down, it down, I'm not going to deal with you. That's because you've never experienced racism. Guy On the other side of the computer exactly, you know. I think that's what's really funny, too,...

...about that. It's not. It's actually not funny. It's kind of like, clearly you don't get it because you've never had to deal with any of this. Now there are those who argue reverse racism, and I'm just like, Dude, when you've had to experience this your entire life, reverse racism is just one thing that you get like one day of the three hundred and sixty five that we get regularly. You know, there weren't systems created for you to be oppressed purposely, you know, and again in like I said, it's not. The fight isn't necessarily against white people. It's against the white supremacy mentality. That needs to be gone, because we're all we're all supreme, all of us, from the uneducated to the Ivy League Grad. I was hoping that people would be able to see that we are all human beings, we all bleed blood, we all have hearts and we need to breathe. So, therefore, we are all at a possible risk to get covid that would humanize everyone, you know what I mean, like that everyone would be able to see everyone else as a human because you are just as much as risk at me as me it, you know, not counting the people that are more at risk because of other issue, you know what I mean, so that at least, like people would understand we are all the same. And then with the black lives matter movement, it's not even that we should be all the same, but like, how hard is it for you to say black lives matter? That's the bare minimum, you know what I mean, like they matter bare minimum, you know, like everybody matters, but the fact that we have to fight to be able to say black lives matter and you don't understand that is, like that's the problem. That's a problem with the world. And again, it's not just America, it's with the world, because it happens all over the place. But then also, black lives matter is not only happening in La it's happening all over the place, in London and New Zealand and wherever, you know what I...

...mean, like it was happening everywhere. So police brutality something that happens everywhere. We just happen to live in a place that's run by forty five who is crazy, I think. You know it's crazy to say this, and I'm going to say this and I'm I feel like, and you know, you tell me what your thoughts are on what I'm about to say, but I feel like we needed him to come into office to remind ourselves of our validity and our power and our voices in this country. You know, hold on what's val literally, because I don't even know what that means. What's VAL literally, like how valuable? Like our that we're valid, basically, like girls, slow down, okay, okay, I'm like, girl, you just said I really like smart word. I was like, like, you know our value, like, okay, you know, in on the most basic level, like you said, we all need to breathe, and that's what's ironic about all of this. You're right, you know, we come out of Covid in the guy dies being affixiated by a freaking me of a police officer. Well, I have two things to say on that. First, I worked on this movie called the infiltrators, where I pay a play a real life activists who got herself detained into a detention center in order to get people out, and she's a Badass and I compared to a firefighter because she's literally risking her life. And the first conversation I had with her to like research the character because again I'm playing a human, real human being, and I had asked her, well, how do you feel the trump won? And she was like, I'm glad, and I was like, excuse me, but aren't you an optimist, and don't you like what? Like? I was so confused in that moment, and she was like and I was like, what do you mean? And she was like, I'm glad because this has been swept under the rug for so long under Obama. In Two Thousand and twelve is the story that we did, where was a for profit detention center where people getting deported and staying detained for months and years...

...to make money, and people that again were detained for riding a bike, for fishing without a license. A woman from the Congo was attained for trying to finally go and put a police report on her husband for abusing her and she was detained. And so that was happening under Obama, and Obama actually stopped the deportation of his uncle. So this was all hot happening under Obama, who everybody loved. So the thing that she said was that now it's going to be front page news, it's not going to be swept into the rug anymore. So I'm thankful for that. I'm glad for that, and that really shook me to my core because I was like, Oh shit, okay, now I have to see it a little differently. So that was a big thing. Um. So again it's like a necessary evil. And then that leads me to my second thing, where Chris Rock had a joke in his special where he's like, if Bush gave us Obama, trump is gonna give us Jesus. So he's like Jesus is gonna come down and he's going to take care of us, because after trump we got to have Jesus. Um. So, you know, it's one of those things where it's like the the quote unquote, corny things of like the darkest before the Dawn, or it's beautiful after the storm or whatever, all those things. Like we are living in this time of so much hate and Dr King said it, only like can take out the darkness, only like can beat the darkness. So we have to spread love and we have to spread light, and that means supporting a movement like black lives matter and supporting people against police brutality and and doing that as loudly and as proudly and also lovingly as in loving the people that are next to you as possible and not getting up. And that means showing up to vote. That means putting your money where your mouth...

...is and not supporting the organizations that are supporting trump. That's the thing. Like, my mom was having to go do some stuff and I was like, mom, don't go to home, people go to loaves, because she was like, okay, you know, Um. It's like, yes, just lumber. I don't know. My mom was like what were we talking about? But there's only a home deep around here. was like, I don't care, driving actually ten minutes, like you can't go home deep, you know, Um. And that's something where, again, it's the same thing that we're talking about earlier with you know, as an audience in your viewership, county, as in our money is what controls this world. So if we say we are no longer going to go to starbucks and everybody actually doesn't go to starbucks, start bucks would be run out of business, you know what I mean? Like we have the power to do that, but that's where we have to be like, okay, I'm not going to have my double chocolate you chip anymore, you know what I mean, like we have to be willing to sacrifice and we got to put our money where I'm out there is, and you know, that's why I, like I got my hair done recently with a friend who has her little spot, you know I mean, there's no big salon, she built her own salon in the back of her house. You know what I mean. I go to a Latina owned nail salon, you know what I mean, like and and I give my money to like the the cosmetics, you know what I mean. And, like I said, can cam parlor and Latina owned companies, and we have to do that. Like that's something that I want to tweet or like on instagram one of these days, because I've been wanting to go any to buy a bathing suit. But I've also feel like I've been kind of taking a break from social media the last couple days because I've been having my own family stuff and with everything going on, I was like I need to just kind of being a bubble. So, like I literally told my mom, like don't talk to me until Monday, please, like I love you, but I need a break. Um. So I've been kind of staying on social media, but I do want to us at some point, like what are some Latina or black owned companies that's out bathing suits, because that's what I need to buy right now, you know what I mean? And...

...then I want to support so it's like we have so much power and we don't like people are talking about like Oh, don't burn down the target and it's like, Yo, targets gonna build itself back up. Don't burn down those mom and pop spots that don't have that bail out money from the government, because the government has been giving get bass corporations Hella, Hella money and they don't want to give us another stimulus check, which I don't get a stimulus check, but technically all the people that get the stimulus check, you know what I mean. Like so it's like we got to support the MOM and pop spots. Like I still go, like the other day was the first time I went to this spot called backs on Google that I love and East La, and I was like waiting in my car and I was like, okay, I want to jump out before I see the line start because I want to be first getting the car and like leave, you don't mean, because I'm trying to still be safe. And it was one of those things where it's like they have a support they have a community that goes there and buys their food, you know what I mean. And and we gotta do that. We have to support and that's where our money matters. So, like, if we have to say, okay, boycotts target, okay, then don't go to target. Shit, there's Walmart, there's like marshals and all these other stores, technically that you can go to. So we have to figure out what we can do to use our money in the right way, use our voice in the right way and use our voice votes in the right way. You know, Latina's specifically, are injecting one point seven trillion dollars into the US economy prior to Covid and here's the thing. We're probably one of the most resilient cultures out there because, like we're not afraid to, you know, start from zero and work our ways back up again. But the thing is is that you're absolutely right when you have that much buying power, you can control where that money goes. If we all do this in unison, and it's you know, sometimes it is boycotting or in...

...our own way of like not getting our cold grew from starbrooks with no sugar. But but you know, I mean you're absolutely right. It's like what coffee shops, which I'm pretty sure you know some that you pass by, you know, like maybe some Venice, Wudden Venezuelan or like Columbian coffee shops, are going to the MOM and pop store to buy a cup of coffee. You know, it's I mean they're our coffee beans anyway. Like yeah, yeah, I order my breakfast from some little spot. Yeah, I I order my breakfast today from this little spot that I like called Mex Cosina Cafe, which is off of like her bank and like Hollywood wait, or no to Hollywood way or something. But I told my man, like Oh, they have caffe Oh yeah, you want that. You know what I mean, like and it's like there are those options. All you have to do is the same way. I was talking about writers or like showrunners, looking for riders, like you can't be lazy. You have to look, you have to put a little bit of effort and as Americans, were so used to things being so easy, you know I mean we they talked about gluttony. Right, I didn't even know what that was until a couple years ago, and then they were like yeah, like you get a big ass play of food and you keep eating even though, like you should have stopped eating like twenty minutes ago, you know what I mean, like and and it's like, as Americans, we are so fortunate and we don't even know how fortunate we are. So we have to be smart and just do things better, and that means googling. Where's the MOM and pops? Pop around here? There has coffee that I'm looking you know, I mean our asked friends, you know what I mean, like we can do that, but we have to make the effort to do that, make a little bit more effort and do some research and support the mom and pops because, especially right now, you know, everybody's Penny pinching and trying to figure out exactly where their money is going. But you know, if you can help out,...

...doing us, who sent us? Yeah, versus going to, you know, the regular place that you go to. Maybe it's like a way or something. Go go eat your authentic food and if if you're not, let you know, like go find some authing to take food to eat, like support the mom and POPs. I get it. I get a random question for you. So, you know, going off the topic a little bit, but I'm kind of curious if our open up your netflix account right now, it would I be surprised to find I just finished on Netflix and started on CBS because they don't have it on Netflix yet. And CIS. I just finished like ten seasons of NCIS. So they finishes up to Season Fifteen and I'm in the towards the end of season sixteen on the CBS all access. But so that's what I have been watching like so that's like the biggest thing on the next thing, I need to watch this thirteen reasons why I haven't watched it yet, but it's because I like to re watch the season before before I start watching it, and my boyfriends not down for that, even though he wants to see the new season. He's like, but I already saw the other one and I was like I don't, but don't you want to refresh her like to remember? He's like Nah. So then like we're still on NCIS, so we haven't jumped to thirteen reasons why yet, but that's something that I want to go to and it's not on Netflix. But I love Jersey Shore. That's my guilty pleasure. So like my man's like I'm losing brain cell sitting here, and I was like hey, sometimes you need to get a little dumb and like laughs. And next week is like the finale where like there's a big drama that happens at a wedding and it's just so funny to me, like did I escape through that? You know what I mean? Is it's still going on right now. Jersey shore what? Because they had Jersey shore and then now in the last couple of years, they had the Jersey shore family vacation. So it was like years later they came back together and they were doing this and doing that, but like it's like more grown up stuff. So like somebody got married like a year ago, but then somebody else is getting married this year and then somebody...

...got divorced in like so it's it's still craziness because again there's people in there like late s now or s early s you know what I mean, and having a good time and it's funny. I mean, I don't blame you, though, because everybody has some guilty pleasure. I watched the real housewives. I don't do any of that stuff. It is today. Like you said, you gotta have something that makes you feel normal. Like yeah, okays, Jersey shore its, but Oh, do you get upset with your man if he starts to show without you or if you guys are watching something and he watches ahead of you? No, because he knows better than that. Yeah, Oh man, we'll tell see. It's been such an awesome time with you today. Is there anything else you want to talk about? Any projects that you want to let people to know to keep an eye out for? Yeah, so right now the movie The inful traders, which I mentioned a little bit earlier about the activists, is available to watch online right now at inful traders filmcom, and half of the proceeds go to the immigrant activists that actually got deported when we premiered the movie and like it's pretty much retaliation for being involved with the project. So that's available now, the infol traders at inful traders filmcom and then in August I am also in the film the tax collector, which is going to be coming out, written and directed by David Ayre, starring Bobby Salto, shy Labuff, George Lopez, Lana Baria, myself, Miami Gonzalez Chi and Hernandez. I just an amazing group of people and I'm really excited for that to come out. So those are the two things. Next and if you haven't watched, you that catchup. Ben's watch whether y'all. My last question is if you were to walk outside of Your House today and somebody told you that a deposited ten million dollars into your bank account, how would you spend them? Oh, funny enough,...

...there's a house and my boyfriend just showed me. That was really nice that. I was like, Oh my God, so I would get that house because only like very it's like a block away, but it's just bigger. So I would do that. I would buy my Mama House. Okay, so say that that's like five hundred. Well, no, it's a little bit more than that. Next seven hundred and then I buy my Mama House, which will probably be another six seven hundred thousand, and then have any more debt Um. I put money for my nieces school, like college, Fun Aside, I'd buy my brother a truck because he wants a truck. I would maybe buy my sister house because I love the kids, and in best in two movies that I want to do. So I would at least have about five million left, and I would say that and put it into some CDs for like six months and get a hall of the interest. You know what I mean, but that's what I would do. That's right, growing that Latina Equity Baby. All right, Chelsea. Well, it was such a great, great time. Again, as I said, for having you here with us. And you guys, follow Chelsea on Instagram, on all social media handles. Follower on twitter so you can watch her beat up on people. Don't just kidding, but she does have some really awesome interviews and and and all kinds of really great stuff going on on her on her social media pizza. So Watch out for her next film and a start on the unlike the Hollywood, I would walk up. That'll take a lot of that will take a lot of time. You never know, Girl. I'm happy. I'm waiting. I'm waiting. We need some more LETTINA that. We needed more LETTINA's on the on the walk of fame. So we need to rally behind you and remember make sure to keep it positive, or don't keep it at all. You.

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