New comedy series Sneakerheads has been released on Netflix and Jearnest Corchado can be seen in her first series regular role playing the female lead of Nori alongside Allen Maldonado and Andrew Bachelor. Jearnest has filmed for Apple TV+ series Little America, which saw her be nominated for Best Actress in Television at the 2020 Imagen Awards for her role of Marisol, and she won Best Actress Award at film festivals when she played Soli in Crave: The Fast Life. Her other screen work has seen her appear in many productions including horror film Cucuy: The Boogeyman, LA 143 and she will be playing Gia in the upcoming drama Raise Your Hand. With her love of music, Jearnest will be releasing her debut Spanish language album later this year. We talked to Jearnest about playing the female lead Nori in Sneakerheads, her upcoming role as Gia in Raise Your Hand and being nominated for Best Actress for Little America.
You are playing female lead character Nori in new comedy series Sneakerheads, what can you tell us about your character?
Nori is a powerhouse! She isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. She is wise beyond her years and always knows how to get what she wants. And this is why she runs the sneaker game! She is the sneaker hook up for Hollywood’s biggest stars. She’s a girlboss!
Can you say about the series and what it was like to film?
The series is really funny!!! It’s a comedy about a group of sneakerheads who are in search of the “Zeroes”, the holy grail of hard-to-find kicks. I think people are going to really love this show. It is for everyone! For sneakerheads and for people who know nothing about sneakers. It celebrates the culture but it also makes it easy enough for everyone who is not familiar with it to understand it, and appreciate it even more. It was really fun to film it. I never knew what to expect. Every day we had a new cameo, a new location, a new adventure! And I loved my castmates, they are hilarious! I’m really excited for people to meet the gang and fall in love with them.
What is it like having the show released on Netflix?
Completely surreal!!! I am still processing it not going to lie! It’s a dream come true!
How was it reading the script for the first time and getting into character?
I loved the script and was cracking up reading it. I absolutely felt in love with my character, Nori. I thought she was the coolest girl ever! I couldn’t believe I had been so lucky to get the part! I was so nervous and excited… I wanted to do a good job!
The character felt natural to me… I felt like I understood her right away. I think the hardest part for me was understanding the sneaker culture and learning all the sneaker names! I had to study a lot! I was not a sneakerhead, but through this process I learnt to admire the culture and respect it so much more.
What do you enjoy most about working on a comedy series and being in the cast of Sneakerheads?
I love working with my castmates! They are an absolute joy to work with and they always had me cracking up! I would do it all over again!! I had never been a series regular before, and most of the projects I had worked on had been dramas, so this was very exciting to me… and a bit nerve-racking! But I was with the pros and got to learn a lot from them. I’m very grateful for this experience.
Can you tell us about playing Marisol in Little America for Apple TV+?
Of course! Aww my Marisol! It was a true joy. It was a very challenging role because I had to learn to play squash in less than four days and look like I was a professional player! It was an adrenaline rush! But I loved the experience and could do it a million times more. She made me feel like I was a superhero!
Your role has seen you be nominated for Best Actress in Television at the 2020 Imagen Awards, how does this feel?
It makes me ask myself: “Is this real life?!”. That was something I wasn’t expecting at all! To be recognised by my people, by Latinos in the industry that I’ve always admired… it’s just surreal… I feel very blessed and humbled. It feels like all my dreams are coming true. I’m eternally grateful to Marisol, and my Little America director, Aurora Guerrero, for being such a wonderful director and guiding me through the wonderful and exhilarating filmmaking process of our episode.
What was your episode and the series like to be part of?
My episode was about an immigrant girl, Marisol, who finds a new meaning of life when she discovers a true passion for squash. It follows Marisol’s journey to become a professional player. The episode has a Rocky (the movie) feel to it. Marisol is like the Rocky, but Latina!
It was truly one of the best experiences of my life – to be part of a show that highlights immigrants’ lives in such a wonderful light it’s a dream come true. This series meant so much more for me because the message (of the show) is so needed right now. The show celebrates immigrants! I think that when people watch it they are going to empathise so much more with our stories, truly understand us, and even admire us!!! Immigrants make America Great!
You starred in horror film Cucuy: The Boogeyman as Sofia Martin, how was this?
Yes! I love Sofia Martin. I LOVED working with everyone on that set, we had a really fun time. I love horror films! I want to do more of those!
What can you tell us about your upcoming drama Raise Your Hand, where you’ll be playing the role of Gia?
Raise Your Hand is a coming of age drama that follows the lives of Gia and her best friend, Lila, who try to survive a rough childhood in a neighbourhood where every kid has a sad story. This film is very special to me. It talks about rape, police brutality, and social injustices… I think it’s a movie that will make people think, reflect on our society and hopefully inspire young people to speak up and stand up for what they believe is righteous.
Can you tell us about some of the other roles you’ve played which have included Crave: The Fast Life which saw you win Best Actress Award at the Monaco Film Festival and Movement Latino Film Festival in 2016?
Yeah, Soli was a beautiful role. She was a heavy role too. Crave The Fast Life was one of my first films in Los Angeles, and I feel like I learned and matured a lot through the filming process. The film is very profound and I hope people become more conscious after watching it. It also had a full Latino cast which didn’t happen often in 2015 (when we shot the film). Being awarded for the role was just a cherry on top! It was my first time being recognised for my work… After CTFL, I played the teenager assassin, Anna Gracia Duerte, on NBC’s The Blacklist. I also worked on the sitcom FAM, the Freeform drama The Fosters, and a couple of indie films like Hulu’s Lowlife.
Was there anything that inspired you to get into acting and where did you start?
Yes! Kids novelas (soap operas)! I started working when I was eight years old in Puerto Rico. I thought it was the coolest thing to do!
We understand you’ll be releasing your debut Spanish language album later this year, can you say more about this?
Yeeees!!! Well… All I can say is that it will be full of surprises!!! I just hope people love it as much as my mom and I do!
How did the album come about, and have you always wanted to be a music artist alongside acting?
I’ve always written music… ever since I was a little girl. I would write music and would love to sing, even though I didn’t feel like I had a good voice. I loved to sing in the karaoke and in the shower… still do! But it wasn’t until January 2019 that I decided to pursue it as a career. It’s my hobby really! I have sooo much fun doing it and it just kind of happened… it’s something very new to me and it excites me!
What are some of your favourite TV shows and films to watch?
I’m watching Unorthodox right now and absolutely loving it!!! I really want to do something like that. I love rom-coms, horrors, action films… It depends on my mood… But my all-time favourite films have been The Notebook, Mean Girls, Pulp Fiction, The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind… etc.
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