Marisa Quinn and Judi Shekoni at Latinos Laugh Out Loud

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June 30, 2012


On Tuesday, June 19, Latinos Laugh Out Loud was held in Los Angeles.  The evening featured the world premiere of the sitcom “Sweet Mary and Jane,” starring Marisa Quinn (@Marisa_Quinn), who plays Huilen in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” His Golden Eyes’ staffer, Amy, got a chance to chat with Marisa about her new sitcom and her Twilight experience so far.

His Golden Eyes (HGE): We just saw the premiere of your new show, “Sweet Mary and Jane,” can you tell us about the show?

Marisa: It’s the comic quest of three hot eastside chicks trying to make their way in the world of gourmet pot edibles. It’s just fun and girls and shoes and fashion and weed and cupcakes.

HGE:  What is the next step with the show now that we’ve seen the pilot episode?

Marisa:  Well this (the premiere event) is about getting buzz so people will get interested in investing and we can find a home for it. I would love to see it on cable television. I would love to see it on Comedy Central or Showtime – something edgy like that; and if not web distribution is the place to be. We’re ready to be on forefront of that as well.

HGE: Switching gears, let’s talk about Twilight. Did you get a chance to see the teaser of the teaser trailer that came out today?

Marisa: I was so crazy with this event that I didn’t see the teaser of the teaser, but I retweeted it!

HGE: Did you get a chance to see the Entertainment Weekly pictures and what did you think?

Marisa: Are you kidding? I saw that and you want to know how I saw that? Because of you – because I follow Amy (@OhMyCarlisle) on twitter. She’s amazing.  My most favorite picture was of my dear friend Judi.  Judi Shekoni (Zafrina) and Tracey Heggins (Senna) look amazing in the Amazonian outfits; and just seeing them in person was incredible. Everyone is beautiful in person.

HGE: Coming into the Twilight Saga, there are people that have been in it since the beginning and people just coming into it.  What was it like coming into the series so close to the very end?

Marisa: First of all it was a complete and utter shock. Twilight had become so huge that it was not even possible to get a role in that film as an actor. Then it just came out of nowhere. It fell into my lap and as a fan it was crazy. I could not believe I was going to be the face of a character that I had imaged so often in my head.

HGE: You are playing Huilen. What was it like playing a character that has such a pivotal role?

Marisa:  It was really important to speak to J.D. (Pardo who plays Nahuel). He was the first person I met when I got to the set and we just talked about the experience the must have had. Were they scared?  Were they proud and warriors? Were they ready to fight? What did it mean to them to make this journey so far for people they had never even met before?  It was incredible.

HGE: In a couple weeks we have Comic Con. Are we going to see you there?

Marisa: Rumors are swirling that something big is going to go down.  Who knows that it will be, but I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be lucky enough to be a part of it. My bet is if you have a ticket your mind will be blown. I mean it’s the final movie and they’d be crazy not to pull out all the stops.

HGE: What has the Twilight fan experience been like so far?

Marisa:  It’s been so exciting! From the very first announcement of my casting, they just welcomed me with open arms. I met people like you who are so willing to let me know what the fandom is like. I thought I was a fan, but I didn’t realize quite what that meant. You guys are true, true, insane, amazing, like, just makes my heart swell fans and your love of the books and the movies just makes our job so special. Honestly every day we were on set we were on set for the fans. Anytime we were tired we were just like ‘we are so luck to be here, and we need to make this the best movie ever for everyone who loves this book as much as we do.’

HGE: Thanks, Marisa. Anything else you want to add before we sign off?

Marisa: Watch the “Sweet Mary and Jane” trailer on youtube!

Amy is a lifelong fangirl, who gets most excited over The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Disney, Star Trek, superhero movies, and Broadway musicals. She’s Twilight fan fiction writer, Esme Mom Cullen, and her work is (mostly) focused on her favorite ship – Carlisle and Esme. She has the sarcasm and wit of a born and raised Jersey Girl, even though she now makes her home in Southern California. She currently works in the areas of communications and corporate social responsibility.