Jesse gets big: playing a gay cholo in Quinceanera, the summer's hottest gay movie, Jesse Garcia is on the path to stardom.Although many sexy straight actors have played gay onscreen on·screen or on-screen
adj. & adv.
1. As shown on a movie, television, or display screen.
2. Within public view; in public. over the years--Jake, Heath, Colin, Jude--it's hard to imagine any of them being man enough to do what newcomer Jesse Garcia did to boost morale on a particularly tense day on the set of the acclaimed new film Quinceanera. "I went to wardrobe and said 'It's crazy out there, give me some clothes!'" recalls the Rawlins, Wyo.--born actor who, in his 2 1/2 years in Hollywood, has turned up in a slew of commercials as well as on The Shield, Unfabulous, and in the HBO Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)
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Mentioned in: Ozone Therapy movie Walkout. "Then I walked, like, a block and a half down the street and onto the set in high heels high heels high npl → talons hauts, hauts talons
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See : Fads , and this black top that was 10 sizes too small for me." So what got into him exactly? "During my sketch comedy “Sketch Show” redirects here. For for the British TV programme, see The Sketch Show.
Sketch comedy consists of a series of short comedy scenes, or 'sketches', commonly between one and ten minutes long. days, there was this character I used to play named Meringue who was really over-the-top," he explains, "so I brought Meringue back to life on set, and everyone just died laughing."
"It was like somehow Carmen Miranda ''
Carmen Miranda, pron. IPA: ['kaɾme͂j mi'rɐ͂dɐ], (February 9, 1909 – August 5, 1955); birth name Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha, GCIH) was a Portuguese-born Brazilian had taken over Jesse's soul," recalls Wash Westmoreland, who cowrote and codirected Quinceanera with his real-life partner of 11 years, Grief director Richard Glatzer. (Their previous film collaboration was the gay cult fave fave Informal
One that is preferred above others or likely to win; a favorite.
[Short for favorite.] The Fluffer.) "Jesse knows how to work it," confirms Glatzer. "I've worked with people who are straight but playing gay, and in subtle ways they always want to let you know they're straight. Jesse never had to say anything about his sexuality. I don't think the crew knew what he was, and he didn't care. Then he threw Meringue in there, and it was, like, 'Wow, this is a very liberated, fun guy.'"
And if Quinceanera's any indication, this liberated, fun guy can also break your heart. In the film, a contemporary kitchen-sink drama set in Los Angeles's rapidly gentrifying Echo Park neighborhood, Garcia plays a streetwise street·wise
Having the shrewd awareness, experience, and resourcefulness needed for survival in a difficult, often dangerous urban environment. car-wash attendant named Carlos. When we meet him, Carlos has already been kicked out of his house for being gay and is living in a small guesthouse guest·house
1. A small house or cottage adjacent to a main house, used for lodging guests.
2. A bed-and-breakfast. with his warm and wise great-granduncle Tomas (The Wild Bunch's Chalo Gonzalez). Complications ensue when Carlos's female cousin Magdalena (newcomer Emily Rios Emily Rios (born April 27, 1989 in Los Angeles, California) is a Mexican American actress and model, reared as a Jehovah's Witness in the city of El Monte. She was discovered while shopping in an area shopping mall. ) moves in with the pair after becoming pregnant while planning her 15th birthday celebration, or quinceanera. And then there are the trio's new landlords, an upwardly mobile gay white couple (David W. Ross and Jason L. Wood) who get Carlos liquored up at a house party and then put the moves on him.
"Carlos's story line is the nexus of looking at homophobia in the Latino community and racism in the white gay community," explains Westmoreland, who moved with Glatzer into the same Echo Park neighborhood five years ago. "When we first auditioned Jesse, we immediately saw this incredible vulnerability that was perfect for the part." They just had to rough him up a little. "We kind of created a veneer over the sensitive Jesse," says Westmoreland, "and made Carlos from that, with the gang clothes and tattoos and the shaved head."
The end result is a tender and indelible portrait of a young man trying to find himself in a rapidly changing world--and a career-launching performance for Garcia. "Jesse, as an actor, has so many emotional layers, and he's so ready to go to places and try things," says Glatzer. "He's almost a return to that kind of '50s innocence, like Brando and Dean, where you don't need to think of what you are sexually, you just go with it."
You sport a much rougher look as Carlos in Quinceanera. How did you get involved in the project?
I met the casting director in a workshop in Atlanta four years ago. I was online checking a couple of Web sites that I go to, saw that he was casting it, and I e-mailed him and said, "You gotta let me read for this!" The script had so much complexity and so many layers.
Have you played a gay part before?
Yes, but more comedy stuff. I'm actually trained in comedy, and I've always done sketch comedy and improv A multidimensional Windows spreadsheet from Lotus that allows for easy switching to different views of the data. Data are referenced by name as in a database, rather than the typical spreadsheet row and column coordinates. Improv was originally developed for the NeXt computer. shows.
How did you prepare to play Carlos? Did you do much research into his world?
My main thing was knowing my lines and looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. different things in the relationships with all the characters. Some people would go and hang out with gay cholos and stuff like that. I talked to one guy about dialogue and getting the slang down, and then really just went with what I would do in that situation if I was this guy.
Carlos gets kicked out of his house for being gay. Have you met any Latinos that has happened to?
I've heard of stories where people get disowned dis·own
tr.v. dis·owned, dis·own·ing, dis·owns
To refuse to acknowledge or accept as one's own; repudiate. and get kicked out of the family. It's hard to generalize but there is a sense of machismo machismo
Exaggerated pride in masculinity, perceived as power, often coupled with a minimal sense of responsibility and disregard of consequences. In machismo there is supreme valuation of characteristics culturally associated with the masculine and a denigration of there, so it can be a very taboo thing. But I've also known a lot of Latinos who are very open-minded.
What did you think the first time you saw the movie?
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Jason Wood (born 24 May 1968), Australian politician, was elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of La [who also appears in the movie as one half of the gay couple who seduce se·duce
tr.v. se·duced, se·duc·ing, se·duc·es
1. To lead away from duty, accepted principles, or proper conduct. See Synonyms at lure.
2. To induce to engage in sex.
a. Carlos into a three-way] and I and my girlfriend were sitting in the back giggling through the whole movie, especially when our seduction scene came up. My girlfriend was hitting me, going, "Shut up." When I watched it again at Sundance, I cried in the parts you're supposed to cry, even in my scenes. I was getting all tearyeyed at myself. [Laughs]
What was it like to shoot that drunken seduction scene?
Well, I haven't drank in, like, six years, but it was cool because we had rehearsed it. Because I'm friends with Jason, we had to get our giggles out, but then we discovered a lot of things as we went, like subtle little looks.
What was it like working for two directors who also happen to be a couple?
They were always on the same page, and if they ever had an issue, they would discuss it first and then come to us. Never would one say one thing and the other say another.
The movie won the two top dramatic prizes at Sundance. What was that night like?
We knew we had a shot at the Audience Award, but when we got the Grand Jury Prize it was a shock. As soon as I saw [jury member] Miguel Arteta walk up to announce it, I thought, Holy shit, we won, because they're going to have a Latino announce a Latino film. So by the time he said, "Grand Jury Prize: Quinceanera," I already had my camera out; I was taking pictures.
What do you think the people in your hometown in Wyoming would think of the movie?
It's an interesting question. It's not that closed-minded of a town, but it is rural. I'd like to think they'd be open to it. They have a three-screen cinema there, and I'm trying to see if I can get a print and ask them to play it for a week. That'd be great.
What would they think of you being in The Advocate?
I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. . I don't think anyone is even going to know. My real friends in Rawlins, they'd all think it's cool.
Did you know any gay people growing up?
No, but it wouldn't have mattered to me if I had gay friends. As a kid, I was very open. I was big into studying civil rights on my own. I remember reading books on abolitionists and Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad Underground Railroad, in U.S. history, loosely organized system for helping fugitive slaves escape to Canada or to areas of safety in free states. It was run by local groups of Northern abolitionists, both white and free blacks. and being really pissed off at what went on.
Where did that sense of fairness come from, your family?
Maybe a bit. I grew up kind of religious, so maybe that has something to do with it.
I read you were raised as a Jehovah's Witness Jehovah's Witness
Member of an international religious movement founded in Pittsburgh, Pa., by Charles T. Russell in 1872. The movement was originally known as the International Bible Students Association, but its name was changed by Russell's successor, Joseph Franklin . Do you still practice?
No. I just kind of take things from different religions.
Did you celebrate your birthday growing up?
I didn't celebrate anything. The last birthday I remember, my aunt made me a Superman cake when I was, like, 4 or 5.
Did you ever feel cheated?
I didn't. I totally believed in it, and I used to do Bible talks and get up in front of the whole congregation. I still don't really celebrate anything, but if people want to throw parties and invite me over for Christmas dinner Christmas dinner is the primary meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Day. It is often seen as the main event of the day for which the family all gathers and eats together. and stuff like that, I'm going to eat.
Were you living in Wyoming when Matthew Shepard Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was fatally attacked near Laramie, on the night of October 6 – October 7, 1998 in what was widely reported by international news media as a savage was murdered?
Yes, I was in college. I just remember thinking, What the fuck, man? What was going through those kids' minds to do that to Matthew? It brought a lot of shame to this small town in Wyoming, causing it to seem like this hate town, which it's really not. There's racism and sexism and homophobia everywhere.
What do you hope people get out of Quinceanera?
I think it's a movie that after you walk out of the theater you feel satisfied [about it]. There's a lot of heavy shit in there, but you feel good when you walk out.
How would you describe this time in your life?
It's exciting and fun and strange and surreal, but it's what an actor dreams of. Opportunities for other movies and TV shows are there now that weren't there a year ago. I've met with almost everyone in town, and I feel like I'm getting to read for a wide variety of roles, not just Latino roles.
In the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile , you've got Quinceanera promotion to keep you busy?
Yes. We're doing eight cities in 13 days. And I have two new pet dragons at home that I'm hoping to breed. But I'm not sure if they're male or female.
What if they're both male, and they're gay?
I'll be open to it. It's not an easy road, though. There's a lot of sexism in the bearded dragon bearded dragon
see amphibolurus barbatus. world.
And not a lot of support. It's like, where's their pride parade?
There's got to be a down-low bearded dragon group somewhere. But hey, if that's the direction my dragons want to go, I'm not going to say, "No, you can't be gay." I just want them to be happy.
Hensley is the author of Screening Party (Alyson Books').
Photographed by Randee St. Nicholas for The Advocate