Masiela Lusha

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  • Trivia

    • The official word from George Lopez was that he and Lusha were not on the same page when it came to the George Lopez sitcom. They had their differences, so initially, Lusha's character got written out and replaced.

    • Masiela graduated from high school at age 16.

    • Masiela published a poetry book in two languages-English and Albanian-at age 12, making her the youngest author to do so.

    • Masiela is not Latina like her character in George Lopez. She was born in Albania.

    • In 2000, Masiela was named one of Teen Magazine's top 5 most likely to succeed.

    • Masiela was acknowledged as one of Who's Who Among American High School Students in the 35th edition.

    • Masiela was part of Scholastic's Read for 2007, Read for Life campaign where she had an ad where she spoke about her favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time to promote reading to others.

    • Masiela volunteers in various reading programs around the country where she promotes writing.

    • Masiela's parents are Max and Daniela. Her parents combined their names together to get Masiela.

    • In 2004, Masiela was nominated for a Young Artist Award for best performance in a voice-over role by a young actress for her part in Clifford's Puppy Days.

    • Masiela majored in English and business at UCLA.

    • Masiela attended Glendale Community College in California before transferring to UCLA. She was accepted as a junior to UCLA at the age of eighteen.

    • Masiela first gained attention by modeling before any acting agents picked her up.

    • In 2003 and 2004, Masiela won the Young Artist Award for best performance in a TV series by a leading young actress for her role in George Lopez.

    • Masiela was named as one of "The Best Top Ten Talented Poets for North America" for her first book Inner Thoughts.

    • Masiela was raised in Europe most of her childhood, but she finally settled with her mother in Michigan at the age of seven.

    • English is Masiela's fourth language. She also speaks German, French, and Albanian.

    • Her nickname are Mas and Ella.

    • Masiela is 5' 5½" (1.66 m).

  • Quotes

    • Masiela: The moment we feel we have learned everything this world has to offer, we relinquish all true self respect and purpose in life.

    • Masiela: The Albanian culture is elusive to me. I think this has to do with leaving the country at such an early age, as well as the country rediscovering her roots after many decades of repression. However, there is a condensed softness about the Albanian people, and I've witnessed examples of their hospitality that have been famously engraved in history for centuries.

    • Masiela: Some mothers sing lullabies to their young children, my mother read me poetry; so I associate my strongest and most insistent feelings on words lyrically organized on a page.

    • Masiela: I was an unassuming, soft-spoken, self-possessed skinny little girl with absolutely no tincture of rebellion in my make-up.

    • Masiela: It came about like a typical audition where the actress doesn't know a soul in the room, and exposes her heart and vulnerability in hopes to win a handful of strangers' affection.

    • Masiela: I write to escape, to confront and to tame.

    • Masiela: The core reason I had written books is to offer children a tool in accomplishing their own dreams. I would like to show them what is possible in this world, and what happiness is available to them if they have the courage to look.

    • Masiela: The beauty of these two professions in particular is that they complement each other seamlessly. Since I was a very young girl, I loved people, I adored their intricate behavior in society, their emotions, their instinct, their fire. I was enthralled by what was not being said, by the dichotomy of their emotions. As an actress and as a writer, I've been offered the privilege to study people for the rest of my life.

    • Masiela: I dream of being the glue to bind audiences around the world, I dream of making a difference in the way people view this world. And this complements the reason for my acting and writing as well. All three elements of storytelling carry one vital philosophy - to offer universal insight, and many instances, hope and therapy to those who absolutely need it.

    • Masiela: The elements I believe everyone looks for are talent and heart. It's intangible, but the force of the written word has the power to carry our emotions. The written journey the story takes plays your heart stings like a puppet.

    • Masiela: I would like to see from women in this industry what I have had the privilege of witnessing for a decade now. Strength, conviction, and unapologetic sensitivity for the healing of souls

    • Masiela: I have an affinity for passionate, vulnerable-yet-powerful characters that project an air of self-sacrifice and humility.

    • Masiela: As actors, we always find ourselves in our characters - it's the conduit of life that which is written on the a page.

    • Masiela: America Ferrera and I had two scenes together, both in Spanish. She has this energy about her -- this passion for filmmaking. I adored working with her.

    • Masiela: On every film, whether it be the location or the material, I learn something -- oftentimes about myself. Sometimes the conflict of the character allows me to reflect on my own philosophies on life and love.

    • Masiela: In "Muertas," I learned about my mother. Araceli's carnal hunger for a better life was something I recognized from listening to my mother's stories of fleeing a communist country for America. In a sense, I was portraying her, right down to her facial expressions. This film was my tribute to my mother's integrity and strength.

    • Masiela: Throughout the years working on the George Lopez show, Carmen was a liberating escape for me. I was able to experience moments of high school, lessons with boys, and a rebellious streak that I have yet to experience as Masiela. I can safely say I have lived a colorful life, and I have Carmen to thank.

    • Masiela: Hearing stories on how certain episodes changed someone's views, or offered condolence made me realize how truly noble the acting profession can be, how truly and utterly selfless.

    • Masiela: I was fortunate to have experienced many religions throughout my life, and each experience has shaped me. I consider myself a very spiritual person as a result. There's so much energy around us all, so many answers available if only we have the courage to hear our own whispers.

    • Masiela: In my opinion, the idea of God, above all else, is created to nurture the spirit. When the child prays for the dying parent, reflecting on his love and devotion, then the prayers will help lift him above the fears. I believe religion is most effective when used among the mass as a central gravity of morality; a support system. Although I don't follow one specific religion, I do believe in moral strength and inspiration.

    • Masiela: I have an affinity for poetry because it is the finest strum of music to my ear. The way one can weave the words into a symphony of moods and notes can move a person to tears.

    • Masiela: (on her character in the show George Lopez) Carmen's experiences were so familiar to me as a girl that I often overlooked the fact that she was Hispanic. There's a raw naivety, untamed enthusiasm to her character that any teenager, including me, could relate to. Her being Hispanic was beautiful in its own light, but the value of Carmen on the show weighed more in her every day experiences as a young adult trying to find her voice.

    • Masiela: I left Tirana when I was five years old. My mother and I shared one shadow as we explored other corners of Europe together. She was my world. A tear from her felt like an earthquake. One smile and I could move mountains.

    • Masiela: It's offering due respect to the country one is in by making the effort to learn and observe a new culture and language so unique, yet so similar in sentiment.

    • Masiela: We're so lucky to live in a tiny universal community where a foreign country is only a click away.

    • Masiela: The acting profession teaches us many things. One lesson I will keep in my heart, one which has built my worth in this industry, is the idea that we can become anyone, and everyone. With the right power and confidence, a whim can transform into a talent, and sometimes even a virtue.

    • Masiela: As an actress, if you find inspiration through my work, then my job is complete.

    • Masiela: In Buenos Aires, the entire city felt as if it was dipped in good, golden karma. There was such peace radiating from the people and atmosphere that I could have lounged outside or walked down the streets all day and evening.

    • Masiela: As actors, we dig so deep into our senses, our country's borders and cultures blur into one pot of emotion, and we perform above the complexities of language and formality.

    • Masiela: Although I was cautioned against reading too many scripts while on set, my curiosity for Time of the Comet swept me into a whole new story of purity and betrayal, of the ultimate sacrifice for love, and the cry for war and death. It was a journey I lived through in text, and hoped to recapture on set.

    • Masiela: I often feel like a pretender when wearing makeup. The most beautiful features in a woman are her character and her experiences. Why hide that?

    • Masiela: I don't care for loud noises...especially yelling. Fiery temperaments don't inspire me.

    • Masiela: I feel sexiest wearing a light perfume... and heels.

    • Masiela: If I am to contribute only one thing of myself, it would be compassion.

    • Masiela: Many countries had a hand in raising me. I am the product of many contradicting philosophies and cultures... My entire universe is comprised of these foreign traditions. If any one of these experiences are to be ignored, I wouldn't be the same.

    • Masiela: It is wonderful to sense an overall community making up The Tolucan Times. As an actress and a girl, I can relate to the stories because they hit close to home, both professionally and emotionally. Thank you for such and in-depth look at our society and beyond.

    • Masiela: I find time to write the way kids find time to ride their bikes.

    • Masiela: Staying busy, and doing what you love to do, is the greatest blessing.

    • Masiela: Aside from my own work, I find writers to be divine. To transport intelligence from one character to another is like having a grasp on every corner of humanity. To be a conduit of so many facets of philosophies is awe inspiring . Writers in my eyes are demigods.

    • Masiela: Yes, I still dance. It's my escape.

    • Masiela: The greatest reward above all Hollywood glitter is hearing the individual tune of my fans' hearts, and understanding how my work can affect each one personally. I find my passion for the film industry fueled more by their words than any intangible fulfillment of fame.

    • Masiela: Soft music in general reminds me of Barnes and Noble, when I used to spend entire days with my little honey water, finding 20 or so books and flipping through, mesmerized by all the conversations I could have with the writers just in their chapters alone.

    • Masiela: It's because of what my fans say that inspires me to continue reaching for the stars... I do it because my dream is to inspire each of them to reach with me.

    • Masiela: A child's power lies in his future.

    • Masiela: Any great artist can recall a moment in their life when they turned away from conventional comforts to pursue a life in the most unstable industry known to our society and beyond.

    • Masiela: Peer deep inside yourself, recall all your passions and dreams, and lay out your careers in front of you. The hardest choice is often the best and most spiritually fulfilling. Whichever it may be.

    • Masiela: I look forward to raising a family and I hope to reach this goal before my thirties. I love children, and would love to nurture any way that I can.

    • Masiela: My all time favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate cake comes in at a very close second.

    • Masiela: I wasn't raised with any one particular religion. However I'm interested in all beliefs as I view them to be the foundations of societies. I was fortunate enough to have explored many through friends and experiences and came to the conclusion that religion serves as a pedestal for art, charity, and beauty in all things.

    • Masiela Lusha: I worked at a soup kitchen in Burbank and set up tables, washed off tables and served. The amazing thing about the homeless is that they have such optimism. They help out the other homeless. I give them so much credit.

    • Masiela Lusha: Before I die, I want to receive an Oscar and Pulitzer Prize.

    • Masiela Lusha: It is a tough business to do all on your own. You always need some support, you always need someone to back you up and to remind you that another day's going to come. I still say, to this day, how blessed I am to have my mother to support me and to be there for me 24/7.

    • Masiela Lusha: I love to write. I think one thing people would be surprised to find out about me is, with myself, I don't feel comfortable with the media attention on me. Really, I just like to stay by myself, watch movies, read a nice book, hang out with my friends.

    • Masiela Lusha: (About George Lopez and her role in the sitcom) The sitcom allows me to jump around and to express the entire emotion of Carmen through one big jump or one big hand swing, and that says a lot about a person. Not everybody just acts with their face in real life. We all move our hands sometimes without thinking. We all move our bodies. We all tense up, or we all loosen up, and because the cameras are so wide, it's almost like theatre.

    • Masiela Lusha: Well, ever since I was growing up, I always loved to be in front of the camera. I guess I always had that feeling that I always needed to be in the spotlight, but I didn't start pursuing it, nor did I start considering Hollywood until I was about twelve or thirteen, when my looks could get me modeling jobs.

    • Masiela Lusha: (About the George Lopez show) It's been a great experience with the show. For me, I think I learned the most about the industry every single day. I am so blessed that I was given this opportunity. I'm so proud to say I'm an actress.