'Animal Kingdom' Star Carolina Guerra on Why She Loves Playing a Strong Character & How She Learned to Love LA
By Lorna Soonhee Umphrey| August 22, 2017 |
We sat down with Carolina Guerra ahead of the series finale of Animal Kingdom to talk about the show's success, how she handles being around a cast full of men, and the culture shock she overcame when she moved to LA.
A leap of faith finds a new meaning for Carolina Guerra. Originally from Colombia, her manager urged her to visit LA for pilot season, a concept completely unknown to her. After two seasons, it wasn’t until her third pilot season where she would successfully land the role of Lucy, playing opposite of Scott Speedman as his feisty yet mysterious girlfriend on the TNT show, Animal Kingdom.
Animal Kingdom has gotten so heated this season. Lucy’s relationship with Baz seems complicated. How would you describe it? CAROLINA GUERRA: I think it’s like a little bit of a game of power. You don’t know much about Lucy, about her life, you don’t know what she does. But we know that she’s a strong woman, obviously, and she uses that sort of mystery about her as leverage over Baz. I love playing that kind of character, especially in a series that’s so masculine.
Where would you like to see their relationship go? CG: I can’t give it away, but if I was a spectator, what I would like to see is... a collaboration between them. They would be unstoppable, I think.
The cast is full of men. What’s it like hanging with the boys? CG: It was amazing. You can’t really go wrong with it. You have all of the spectrum, every personality, they are the sweetest and because they’re all boys, if you’re a girl around the guys, they all take care of you. You get spoiled in that way.
What do you love about living in LA? CG: I love everything. To be honest with you, I struggled a little bit at the beginning. The dynamics of the city were so different than what I was used to. I come from Bogota, which is a hectic capital, and then I studied in New York, and then I spent a lot of time in Mexico City. I was used to a certain pace and rush. And then I got to LA and everybody’s so chill. I remember the first time I went to a gym, I saw that every single person on the treadmill was studying lines. I felt like I was living in The Truman Show. I feel like LA is a very multi-layered place. Once you give the city a chance to unfold and show everything that it has to give, if you make it through those first months, then it’s going to be the best place ever.
What’s next for you? CG: I’m working on this project in Colombia that has to do with the protection of animals. It’s a law I’ve been working on for a couple of years with a close friend of mine that is in Congress in Colombia right now. I have a project that will soon be announced—a movie in Vancouver. And, it’s official, we’re coming back for Season 3 of Animal Kingdom.