Marlene Forte has made a path for herself in Hollywood on her own terms in a fantastic way. As an actor with an impressive portfolio I had a chance to digitally interview her about her career, her work, and ClexaCon. You can see her Sunday from 2-3 at the Diversity and Inclusion Panel.
Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to go into acting?
I have wanted to act ever since the 5th grade when my teacher placed us on stage to do an adaptation of Great Expectations. I was just a little girl sitting next to the fireplace listening to someone reading from a book. But I looked out from the stage, and saw the footlights. I could hear the murmuring of the audience and it was all over. I was hooked. I married my high school sweetie and played house for 4 years. When I got out of college I wanted to be an actor and my husband wanted more babies! We already had one, Giselle Forte-Rodriguez, my best production to date but I only wanted one and a career. So he went off to become a doctor and I went off to pursue my dream! He has three more kids with his new wife and I’m an actor. I guess it worked out for the both of us!
Who are some of the actors who have inspired you?
Elizabeth Pena! Rite Moreno! John Lithgow! Katy Sagal! I love actors who can make you laugh, or scared the crap out of you. These guys are great at both!
What drew you to ClexaCon?
I love events that empower women!
What are you hoping your panel on diversity and inclusion will be able to share with attendees?
That things are changing. VERY slowly but moving forward. We have to keep the course. Keep producing. Directing. Acting. Protesting. Demanding more.
Do you have any fun plans while you’re in Las Vegas?
No I have to get back to work! Although being around so many women who are moving and shaking the world is fun enough!
You are currently in the Hulu series The Runaways, can you tell me a little about your character?
I play Graciela Aquirre. Molly’s long lost cousin. She has to hide with me but that doesn’t last long. Molly has her own ideas. Graciela doesn’t seem to know what’s going on for her own safety! lol
What have been some of your favorite moments from the set?
I’ve only done two episodes and I had to shoot them all in one day! So, not too many moments yet!
You are also in the Netflix series Altered Carbon as Alazne Ortega, can you tell me a little bit about that role?
I love Alazne! She has spunk! Too much faith but ultimately just a really good mom who worries for her daughter in a world that she no longer understands. She does not want to live forever. The world around makes no sense anymore for Alazne. She finds a kindred spirit in Samir Abboud.
What is it like being in a sci-fi series like that?
Fun! The sci-fi fans are like no other! They are life long fans! The sets for Altered where insanely wonderful. They transported you right into the future! No pun intended lol.
You have a very impressive portfolio of work, what have been some of your favorite roles so far?
Celia Flores from Fear has been my favorite! She was so complex! I loved working on that show!
I love that you opened and ran a video store for six years, I used to work at a video store, what was that experience like?
Well if you worked in one you know! I loved it. It was my film school! And I was also my neighborhood’s psychologist! You get to know people by the movie they rent!
What are some of your upcoming projects?
I just shot an episode of Room 104 with Natalie Martinez who is a doll and an awesome actor!
Where can our readers find you online?
My website is Marleneforte.com and I’m in FB, Twitter and Instagram. @marleneforte
Again you can see Marlene Forte on the Diversity and Inclusion panel at ClexaCon Sunday from 2-3. For more information about ClexaCon make sure to check out their official website.