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Vania Mendez

Growing up in the lightning-paced city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, I fell in love with the metamorphosis of acting, the transformative idea of becoming someone else. I was determined to develop my skills, so when I was 12, I enrolled in an acting class, without my parent’s permission. I loved the melodrama of Brazilian soap operas, the cultural and youthful angst of “The Wonder Years”, the comedic timing of “Seinfeld” and the sheer skill of Julia Roberts, whose performance in “Steel Magnolias” brought me to tears. I saw parts of myself there on the screen, and I wanted to prove to myself and my parents that it was where I was meant to be. Those nerves of steel paid off when I started landing roles in Brazilian TV and Theater, further fueling my desire.

Acting feeds my spirit of adventure, but I also love traveling and good food. I am an excellent cook, according to my friends! The perfect vacation will always include visiting local markets and restaurants, exploring the region through all of my senses. Finding a cooking class or two is just icing on the cake.

These days, I am immersing myself in my craft, studying improv at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, and scene study with Maria Psomas, a disciple of Ivanna…

Chubbuck who bases her eclectic approach on the Chubbuck technique, inspired by the complexity of human psychology.

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