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MADEFEATURE MADE: Have there been any lessons you’ve learned from living out Angela’s mistakes? Lela: Angela’s life is pretty messy and chaotic, which makes for great entertainment but terrible for personal wellness. The characters of Power traffic in manipulation and selfishness and ego; by contrast, my life is extremely boring: I like to cook, I hike and own a cat. That’s as exciting as it’s going to get and I’m really happy about that. I think I get to vicariously live in the fast lane through Angela’s experiences so I don’t do much outside of my job. One thing that I’ve learned from playing her for all these years is to be more bold and resolute with the things that I want out of life. MADE: You’ve said that it’s very precarious to put celebrities, especially actors, in the position of role models. What did you mean by that? I get concerned about our society idealizing celebrity more than activism and education. There are other voices that I wish we would do a better job of holding to a higher, more visible regard. For example, there are people that I want my future children to revere that are far outside of the entertainment industry. When I think of role models, actors aren’t typically the first people that come to mind, and I’m definitely not putting down my industry, but I think of Maya Angelou, Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor and others in that ilk. I love my profession and I wouldn’t Lela: trade it for the world but there’s a difference between the world of acting and the entertainment industry. Entertainment is much more tricky. MADE: What’s the best piece of advice you can offer aspiring actors? I think, very early on, when I first fell in love with the craft of acting, I had to divorce myself from society’s definition of success. I also had to make myself let go of this idea of making it. If your goal is to “make it” I think that that is setting you up for failure. There are no guarantees in this business. No one owes you anything. There’s no rule that says that all your efforts will ever be rewarded in the way that you think they should. For example, I made peace with the fact that I could be waitressing my entire life, but I was going to be happy as long as I could act, somewhere. If Van Gogh didn’t have any accolades, do you think that he would look back on his time here and think that he didn’t have a worthwhile life? No. He still lived out his passion and made art. You have to be comfortable living frugally. For years, I didn’t have a car payment, I ate at home, I bought only what I could afford to buy twice and just worked on my craft. You really have to block out what society deems successful. How much talent you have doesn’t matter. It’s your discipline that will take you far. Once you realize that, that’s when you’ve truly made it. FOLLOW Lela Loren at #mademaven @LelaLoren 17