This past Tuesday night at L.A Live in Downtown Los Angeles, the Knockturnal had the pleasure of attending an early screening of Lowriders.
We had the chance to interview the talented Montse Hernandez and Yvette Montreal who play Isabel and Claudia in the film, and Carla Jimenez from The Mick, who came to support the lovely cast and creative team!
Low Riders is about a young street artist in East Los Angeles, who is caught between his father’s obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self expression. The film dives deep into these meaningful topics and questions, and is easily relatable for an audience that has gone through personal and family struggles as well. The cast did a great job of portraying the characters and their relationships authentic, as well as portraying the latino family dynamic. Bring tissues, Knockturnalites…
First, we chatted it up with Montse:
K: Congratulations on the film. What was it like playing Eva Longoria’s daughter.
M: She’s beautiful – it was a huge compliment to me because I was like dang okay! It was crazy – I never thought I could play someone like Eva’s daughter
K: What was it like exploring your character?
M: I play Isabel who is Gloria (Eva’s daughter), and she is an angsty-ish teen who doesn’t want her quinceañera to be traditional like every other girl. She’s a step sister to Danny (played by Gabriel Chavarria). In a sense she pulls the family together to get her dad to stop drinking, and her brothers to get along.
We also caught up with Yvette on the red carpet:
K: Tell us about the film and what it was like to work with this incredible cast?
M: It was so great working with everyone! I feel like I learned so much working on the film. Theo Rossi (who plays “Ghost”) was very captivating in his performance and gave me great advice – to keep pushing. He told me his story of how he fought to acheive to the level of success he has now, and he appreciates it that much more you know. So I think hearing his story really resonated with me. Working with this caliber of actors makes you better.
K: Were there any interesting moments on the set?
M: Hmm…Tony wanted to read a lot so we’d read together, but I don’ really remember any funny moments. I do remember meeting Eva, and her telling me I was pretty, and I was like, “GIRL you’re gorgeous.”
Aaaaand then came Carla!
K: Tell us about the Mick
M: The Mick stars Kaitlin Olsen, who plays a woman that has to take care of her nephew and niece after her sister and husband flee the country, and I happen to work in the house that lives in. We are all sort of in this wild boat together figuring out how to manage it!
K: That’s awesome. What was it like working with the kids
M: They are amazing – they are wise behind their years. Sophia is an amazing actress as well.
K: Is there something you want the audience to take away from the series
M: Not all families are the same, and as long as you love each other and are together —- that’s fun. Not everything needs to be so serious – enjoy life and have a fun time!
Lowriders will open theatrically nationwide on May 12, 2017! Check them out on social: