Actress Lola Raie Making a Mark in Hollywood


Photo: Deidre Fahey

Lola Raie is an Actress from Los Angeles, CA. She caught the acting bug at the age of 4 when she performed in community theater plays. At the age of 5, she landed her first commercial for Office Depot. Lola mentioned how her family encouraged her to try theater at such an early age because Lola was always performing around the house. She ended up loving it and took to the stage like a natural. Lola has loved being an actress ever since and has not looked back.


Lola then went on to have supporting and starring roles in shows such as Amazon Prime’s in“Creative Galaxy” and FX’s “Legion”. She most recently got to work as a supporting role on Netflix’s family movie “Yes Day,” starring Jennifer Garner and Jenna Ortega. This year, she voiced her first animated feature “Ainbo, Spirit Of The Amazon” where she portrays the main character, the adventurous and brave Ainbo.


When Lola had a moment to stop, she chatted with Gemma Magazine about her craft of acting and the passion and dedication that she has for it. Let's get into it!


What inspired you to become an actress?


My parents had me try theater at the age of four because I was always performing around the house, and I loved it! I had my lines memorized and immediately took to being on stage! I have loved being an actress ever since.


I know that you fell in love with theatre at an early age. Do you want to do more?


YES!! I recently went on a trip to NYC. I had the pleasure of seeing two Broadway shows. Seeing a Broadway play in person made me realize that I'd love to be in a show! I adore singing and dancing and acting! It's the perfect combo!



Photo: Deidre Fahey

Do you take formal acting classes, and what do you love most about it?


Yes! Classes are a big part of keeping up with your craft! I'm constantly taking a class. I love learning from all the great coaches and the other actors in the class. There's always something to learn and a new way to tackle a role.


Tell us a bit about your supporting roles in "Creative Galaxy" and "Cheaper by the Dozen."


Creative Galaxy was so long ago! I just played me doing art and crafts with my "mom." It was such a wonderful experience. Cheaper by the dozen is my first feature film. I play the role of "Talia," one of the Baker kids' crushes. It was a lot of fun working on that set!


What type of films do you like, and do you have a personal favorite series from Netflix, Amazon, etc.?

I love horror films, true crime documentaries, Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter! It's hard to pick a favorite movie because I like so many different genres! However, I do find myself watching all the Marvel movies repeatedly.


Who would you love to work with?

I would love to work with Zendaya, Chris Evans, and Wynona Ryder. I admire their work and feel I would learn a lot from them, especially because Zendaya and Wynona started working like me in their youth.


Do you have a dream role?

I would love to be part of the MCU! ( Marvel Cinematic Universe) I see myself as a Gwen Stacey in a Spider-Man movie or Black Cat! I'm a massive fan of all the films and shows!


How was the experience of working with Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Ortega in "Yes Day?"

That set was incredible to work on! Unfortunately, I didn't get to work directly with either actress when I shot, but everyone else was great.


You are also a Voice Over artist! How did this come about? Also, what can you tell us about "Ainbo, Spirit of the Amazon?"

I had been doing commercials and print for a while, and my manager thought I had an excellent voice for voice-over, so I figured I'd try it! And I love it!! Ainbo was my first lead animated role, and it was a fulfilling experience to help bring Ainbo to life with my voice. The story is about a warrior princess trying to save her home, the Amazon, from being destroyed.


When you do have downtime, what do you do for fun?

I love to hang out with my friends, go to the beach and surf, and spend time with my family. I really love to read murder mystery books and watch true crime documentaries.


You seem like such a positive person.

Any tips…?

I try to focus on the good and choose to take the high road in most situations. I always choose happily!


Photo: Amy Pogue

You can keep up with Lola Raie on her social media platform:

https://www.instagram.com/lolaraieofficial/

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