You may have seen her in movies such as “Collateral Damage”, or “Chicago”, you may have even heard her voice in “Happy Feet 2”. Whatever your experience with Ms. Jinaro, I’m sure it was an astounding one. We’re talking about a young lady of many talents. She acts, sings, dances, plays musical instruments and is even good at a surprising array of sports! There is nothing this woman can’t do!
And now, she’s given The Revista Magazine the honor of a feature interview I therefore proudly present to you: Jossara Jinaro!
The first big one was the Columbia Tri-Star sitcom VIVA VEGAS. Being a regular on a show gave me the credibility I needed to get in the door to studio films, which is the reason I got into acting in the first place.
What I love is being a storyteller. As long as it’s a good story that moves and excites me it doesn’t matter if it’s theater, television, or film.
Have you ever played a bad guy? If so, do you prefer it to playing the good guy?
Yes, and I love it. You have to go into your shadow and dive into the scariest parts of yourself. I’ve always been a big daredevil. Love daring to be bold!
How do you get into the role of your character? Is your process different for voice-over work as opposed to a live role?
I always look for a hook and usually it’s my first thought right after I read the material. Like, I just read this screenplay and the first thing I thought was “this is a cat and mouse game.” I then went through the script and played with the moments where I’m the mouse and the moments when I become the cat. This will now inspire me with lots of ammunition for rehearsals.
My BFA is in Musical Theater, so I got to play Velma in CHICAGO and Lola in DAMN YANKEES… great roles I would never get to play if I didn’t sing, but other than singing in my living room with my guitar or in the shower I have no other singing goals.
Is there or has there ever been anything else in your life other than acting?
Dancing feeds my soul. I was once part of a professional modern dance company and [competitive] salsa. I’ve studied belly dancing, flamenco, Bollywood, tango, hip-hop, you name it. Dancing has always been my drug of choice!
What would you say it’s like trying to date in the acting business? Some actors say it’s easier and some say it’s harder than dating in any other business.
Yes, it’s different for everyone. There is good and bad. Someone in the business can be very understanding but could be competitive. Someone outside the business can be a breath of fresh air from the work but could be jealous and possessive about “love” scenes. For me that person has to love, support, and accept who I am, and being an artist is part of the package.
Do you try to help upcoming actors, or are you just focused on your own career at the moment?
I’ve taken many actors under my wing throughout the years. I also volunteered at SAG, served on the EEOC and Latino subcommittee, and chaired the committee responsible for the first SAG study “Missing in Action, Latinos in and out of Hollywood” in conjunction with the Thomas Rivera Institute. It’s too hard to do it alone. You need a community where you can feed and feed others.
Now to end this on a lighter note, care to share with us the moment that most made you feel proud of yourself.
From time to time I get these crazy ideas to take on something that will make me feel like a superhero. I’ve ran marathons, been skydiving, zip-lining through the jungle, white-water rafting, and most recently jumped from a cliff down a waterfall in Costa Rica. I usually throw my arms up in the air and scream “I did it!” That’s when I’m most proud.