CP: This is a tough one, I love ice cream. I’d have to say Phish Food from Ben and Jerry’s. Although I do enjoy a good pralines and cream or rocky road and lately I am loving Dark Chocolate Sorbetto with Sea Salt By Gelato Fiasco.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
CP: Paris! Beyond the fact that it’s astonishingly beautiful, it’s a city that honors its artists at every corner. The coolest thing about it though is that it's also a city of contradiction. It adored Marie Antoinette, but it also killed her. She was the best and the worst at the same time. I love that kind of intellectual perversity.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
CP: Life Aquatic, Bill Murray ‘Do you think he remembers me?'
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
CP: Eleanor Roosevelt. I love the way she operated. Bold and righteous.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
CP: fueled by ignorance and misinformation and yet equally brilliant.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
CP: Write a monologue. I was in that desperate kind of 20’s love where all my passion was directed at a boy that was totally wrong for me and I thought I could impress him with my work. I didn’t get the boy-but I got a great monologue that people quote to me all the time. #worthit
KLC: f you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
CP: An eye glass lens that NEVER smudges.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
CP: Government regulation on Wall Street. The United States obsession with gross wealth can never be overestimated.
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
CP: Little Edie Beale. I’d love to hear what she would say about my predicament and what she would be wearing to handle it.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
CP: My favorite color is blue. I feel like it’s my families color on my father’s side. It’s a color of emotion. I find it incredibly soothing and would be hard pressed to find a shade of blue I don’t love.
Carmen is a graduate of American Academy for the Dramatic Arts New York. Carmen Peláez has performed her solo play Rum & Coke to raves in LA, Chicago, Miami and Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theater, most recently she shot it live at Miami’s Freedom Tower for wide release. She’s written essays for NBC Latino, Huffington Post and the New York Times. In 2012, she won the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition with The Acting Lesson, which she co-directed, and completed her second play FAKE. Carmen is currently writing a bilingual television pilot and is in development for her first feature Ocho.