WONDER WOMEN OF HOLLYWOOD PROFILE: Victoria Moroles

“ZAK CHALLENGED US TO DISCOVER WHAT WAS INSIDE OF US, WHAT ENRAGES US, AND WHAT IGNITES US AND WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT.”

– VICTORIA MOROLES

THE BEST PARTS OF VICTORIA MOROLES’S IMPACTFUL AND CANDID DISCUSSION WITH ZAK BARNETT AND MARTHA GEHMAN

ABOUT VICTORIA MOROLES:

She was born in Corpus Christi, TX and lived out her early childhood in the nearby small town of Rockport. Having spent most of her younger days in the art studio of her Uncle Jesus Moroles, she lived under constant inspiration of him and his work. This was one of the biggest influences on her love for the arts, along with her love for dance, which she had been immersed in since the age of three. Performing anywhere felt like home, but there was sparse opportunity in South Texas which led her to LA at the age of 12 to begin her acting career. Currently residing in LA, Victoria is also heavily influenced by music in her day to day life and enjoys playing acoustic guitar.

She is known for her work in Teen Wolf (MTV) and Liv and Maddie (Disney Channel), and recently completed roles on Here and Now (HBO), and Down a Dark Hall (LIONSGATE).

She was inspired to become an activist by her acting teacher. She still deals with Body Image pressures and worries about their impact on younger generations and she is lending her voice to make global change for girls.

In the wide-ranging Wonder Women of Hollywood event co-produced by ZBS Studios and Backstage and hosted by master acting teachers Zak Barnett and Martha Gehman, the “Teen Wolf” and “Liv and Maddie” star discusses what ignites and enrages her, the hopes she has for both female and male actors, and hear how Viola Davis made an everlasting impression on her and much more.  Here are the bits we thought you shouldn’t miss.

Victoria on Diversity:

“Viola Davis said something at the 2015 Oscars. She said, ‘There is the talent out there, but there is not the work and opportunities.’  So, what we need to create is the opportunities.”

Victoria On Body Image:

“It’s about changing that perspective and creating what is real what we see around us rather than what we’ve seen since the film industry’s beginning.

I think as far as women being perfect. that is unrealistic idea. I have a 5-year-old niece and I think about her watching television and watching films and then her going out in the world and being like, well, this isn’t what I’ve learned and this isn’t what I’ve seen, and this isn’t what I’ve lived through seeing the stories I’ve been seeing. So I think it’s a really big thing for a lot of women actresses and men to speak up and stand strong to be the best YOU that you can be – with healthy mind and soul.”

Victoria On Activism:

“Zak challenged us to discover what was inside of us, what enrages us, and what ignites us and what is it that we are passionate about.  Because we need to focus on that and speak about that and really make that what we are going to fight for…really finding your strength in what you believe in is important as well.”

For more on Victoria Moroles and more incredible Wonder Women of Hollywood, click here to watch the entire panel discussion.

Victoria is lending her voice to the cause of girls around the globe through a new ZBS Studio Philanthropic initiative with Girls’ Voices, a charitable organization that ignites girls’ power with digital media storytelling – amplified by a community of supporters who believe that the world benefits when every girl completes her education.

To find out more, please visit http://girlsvoices.greatergood.org/

ZBS Video by Austin Heemstra

Photos by Austin Heemstra and Cullyn Doerfler

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