Video Interview: @ThisFunktional talks with Actor Jessica Marie Garcia about short film ILLEGALLY BROWN

Jesus Figueroa
Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Jessica Marie Garcia talks with Jesus Figueroa,  of, about short film ILLEGALLY BROWN.

Garcia most recently starred as breakout comic relief 'Jasmine' in Netflix’s hit coming-of-age series “On My Block”, a role that also earned her an MTV Movie & TV Award nomination. The series, which earned the title of "Most Binged Show of any Netflix Original in 2018". She also recently starred in the Gina Rodriguez-produced Disney+ series “Diary of a Future President” (currently streaming). 

Garcia is also well known for co-starring in all four seasons of the hit Disney Channel Original series “Liv & Maddie” opposite Dove Cameron as 'Willow Cruz.' She co-hosted Netflix’s Con Todo digital talk and comedy series Go Off opposite “Gentrified” alongside star Julissa Calderon, where they share their takes on the latest shows and movies they’re watching, pop culture chisme, and give advice to fans. She also recently joined the DC Universe, co-starring in the hot new Spotify-exclusive 10-episode podcast Batman Unburied.

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Garcia got her first big break when she landed a role on the on the ABC Family series HUGE playing 'Sierra Cruz.' She is also a member of the all-female ensemble cast of BETCH: A Sketch Show, now streaming in HULU. She has also guest starred / recurred on such acclaimed series as ABC's THE MIDDLE and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Amazon's GOLIATH, and HULU's CASUAL.

ILLEGALLY BROWN is directed and produced by Gabriela Revilla Lugo (WHIPLASH), Illegally Brown is a satiric, dark comedy, in which two undocumented sisters (Jessica Marie Garcia, Annie Gonzalez) become the ultimate hope to catch a terrorist organization and save the country that expelled them. While a farce, the film centers around real themes of family, racism, prejudice, and ultimately, love. Vanessa and Luna Hernandez find themselves in uncharted territory when they are forced into exile to Mexico, a land they have not only never been to, but don’t speak the language either. But, our girls are Gen-Zers and they make the best of every situation, certain that their tech-savvy will help them find a way out of this mess. While they enjoy every moment of eating taquitos, they want to go home to Los Angeles, by any means necessary. They make a list of possible plans to get home, which includes swindling bad hombres out of money in order to pay a coyote to smuggle them across the border. When they inadvertently connect with a few lovelorn terrorists, all bets are off as they become the FBI’s only hope for taking the terrorists down and saving the world. While the script is funny, and our protagonists are part Elle Woods, part Romy & Michelle, the final scene is a sobering reminder that undocumented people make the best of the hand they are dealt and that the ultimate act of rebellion is to find a piece of JOY.

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