The International Christian Film Festival (ICFF) has nominated actress Lunden De’Leon (We’re the Millers”, Sweet Home Carolina) “Best Actress in a Leading Role” for her role in the film “Pure Justice”.
In Pure Justice, De’Leon portrays a well-known attorney accused of illegal and unethical practices. The film is directed by Vickie Adams.
Best known for her role as Joanne Mbutu on the hit television series “Vital Signs”, De’Leon has starred in over 50 television shows and movies including the blockbuster hit “We’re the Millers”, 20th Century Fox movie “The Ladies Room”, the HBO film “Kickin Chicken”, “Cryptz”, “Faux Pas,” The Lake House”, “12 Dog Days Till Christmas”, the action thriller “Fury” and the award winning drama “Somebody’s Child” just to name a few.
Most recently, the South Carolina native starred opposite actress Heather McComb (“CSI”, “Ray Donovan”) in the coming of age movie “Sweet Home Carolina” she also joined the cast of the comedy “Fire Drill” set to hit theaters early 2019.
ICFF will be held May 2-5 2018 in Orlando Florida. The festival screens 165 features, short films and documentaries in three days. Honors are given for categories including best picture, best actor, script, most inspirational and audience choice.
In this Interview, THANDISIZWE MGUDLWA asks Lunden De’Leon some questions about her career and acting industry:
QUESTION AND ANSWERS: With Lunden De’Leon
1. What is acting all about to you? Acting is about telling a story and being true to my character.
2. Where did it all start for you? Growing up, I always wanted to be in the entertainment industry. After high school, I hitchhiked my way to Los Angeles. I was dirt poor and barely scraping by. A roommate asked me to come with her to try out for a television series called Vital Signs. I auditioned and got the part of a Joanne Mbutu, a young lady from West Africa trying to make it in the United States. I fell in love with acting from then on.
3. What have been the low points in your acting career so far? I am so blessed to be where I am today and extremely grateful to have movie roles offered to me, therefore, there are no low points.
4. And what have been the high points in your acting career so far? I have several high points but my highest is being nominated Best Leading Actress for my work in the film Pure Justice. I’m still pinching myself.
5. In what way does acting impact on your personal life? I’m my own brand/business therefore I have to invest and reinvest in my brand. Gym memberships, acting classes, headshots and etc. can be expensive and time consuming, however, I always make time for play. It’s a must.
6. What is the state of acting currently/ How do you feel about it? The current state of acting is better than ever. The film “Black Panther” has opened so many doors for black actors. I’m getting roles offered to me that was intended for white actresses and that feels great.
7. What advice can you give people who want to become actors and actresses? Take acting classes and learn as much about the industry as possible. It’s not an easy industry to get into but if you’re passionate about acting and not just wanting to get in it for the glitz and glamor, you will find work. So don’t give up. A lot of people pursue acting just to be famous and that’s where they fall flat. Whether it’s community theater in a small town or a huge block bluster Hollywood movie, you have to love it just as much and be just as passionate about it.
8. What’s next for Lunden De’Leon? I have a television pilot and two feature films I’m shooting in a few weeks. Besides that, I’m loving life, family and enjoying the journey.