B. Nash . . . .
"Beguiling, vindictive, endearing,
or just plain LOUD! You can always get
what you want with Juana ..... and
better still - - you can trust this talent
to shine through her personal
choices as well. Definitely on my A-list".
Eric Doyle . . . .
"Juana prioritizes her passionate
dedication to story, truth and character above individual accolades
or motivations -- that's what makes her a true professional and
an effective, insightful collaborator. Her zesty personality, compassion,
generosity and humor were instrumental during rehearsals and our
I'd work with her again and again."
Immanuel Martin . . . .
"Juana is a very talented actor who
brings an incredible amount of creativity
and energy to her roles. She was always
ready to make the extra effort for my film,
Diez. She stood with the project from
beginning to end. I was very happy to
have cast Juana in my film and hope to
work with her again."
Diez / Hiina-Chan Films
Lise Swenson . . . .
"When we were holding auditions for
Mission Movie, we were looking for a character by the name of Antonio.
He was a strong, stuck in his ways, yet a funny character. A 3rd
generation Mexican - American, he owned a restaurant his parents
had worked in ...so he had a strong sense of belonging and was a
very righteous kind of man.
We had probably seen about 100 people and still hadn't met this
character...then Juana walked in the door. She read and I was like
...... ' Oh, my God! There's Antonio - a.'
Antonio turned into Antonia.
In the audition, Juana embodied in her acting skill what we were
looking for in the breadth of the 'Antonio' character ...someone
who was identified with their ethnicity as well as by where they
had been all their lives, which was here in the United States.
Juana had the ability to play this multi-faceted character with
strength and humor. She didn't know it, but she was cast on the
Then during the rehearsal process, Juana engaged in a wonderful
give and take.
We came up with a story line and scene descriptions, then worked
in an improv setting. Juana is a fabulous improv artist. She could
really get the character, get the scene and jump right in without
fear and the ability to repeat things to find the way it should
be delivered, to find the language that was going to be appropriate.
She was great to work with in a back and forth situation. We did
three drafts of every scene and she was fabulously easy to work
She enjoys improv. She always came to the set prepared. She knew
her lines. It was a joy to work with her.
I think its so exciting to be casting older women in strong roles
and Juana played a strong woman fabulously. She is a very embodied
person, she's very sexy and I think it's exciting that those images
are on the screen. It's to my best interests.
To see trailer go to: www.missionmovie.org/
Amir Jaffer . . . .
"Juana is an extremely talented actor
who portrays the character in its true spirit. She is insightful,
a perfectionist and a professional. It was a pleasure to work with
her on Between Places. And I look forward to working with her again."
To see trailer go to: http://betweenplacesmovie.com/
Harjant Gill . . . .
"Juana was a treat to work with.
Always lively, always on the go. Juana blew me away with her monologue
(during casting) and we ended up changing the script to cast her
into Mission Movie. Juana played Antonia, who was originally Antonio."
Alice Shikina . . . .
"Juana is a wonderful actress. She
is instinctive and natural at what she does. She takes direction
very easily which is a plus for directors!"
Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company
Figen Soydemir . . . .
"As soon as I saw Juana's performance at the auditions, I knew that
she was 'the one'. I was so lucky and happy to hear that she accepted
to participate in my project. When we started rehearsing she had
already grabbed the text so skillfully that she not only fulfilled
her task perfectly as an actor, but also contributed immensely with
her invaluable experience and insight both to the film and to my
directing experience. It was also great fun to work with her. Despite
the inconvenience of working outdoors in heavy rain and troublesome
noise, which made us do a lot of takes again and again. Due to her
professional and perfectionist approach, she never complained and
did her best in every single take. It was more than a pleasure for
me and the team to work with her and I am sure it is a privilege
for any team or director to undergo such a professional, joyful
and insightful experience of cooperating with her.
Thank you very much, Juana ,
... and keep up the good work!"
Love Seranade / Tek Films