Marta Milans sat down with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk in the latest episode of “At Home With The Creative Coalition,” a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with today’s biggest stars. In the newest episode, Milans talks about being away from home, getting a root canal before her first big TV appearance on “Law and Order: SVU,” working on the set of a big-budget movie like “Shazam!,” and the mindset it takes to work in show business. Highlights below.
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Highlights from “At Home With The Creative Coalition” featuring Marta Milans —
On her first TV acting gig on “Law and Order: SVU”:
“The day before, I got a root canal that I just had to get done because I was in so much pain. It just went into an abscess, my face blew up on the right side of my face, I was in tears. I wanted to murder the dentist because I said, ‘I told you I was filming tomorrow this is my first big job!’ I show up on set crying to the director like, ‘I’m so sorry Peter, I’m so sorry!’ And he was like, ‘Sweetheart, it’s not so bad. We’ll film you from the left side of your face. It’s not bad, it’s not bad.’ Cut to walking on set and having Chris Meloni and Ice-T be like, ‘Hi, yeah you’re cute. Welcome to ‘Law and Order.’ I mean, you’re cute on the left side of your face, that is.’ And I’d be like, ‘Oh my God!’ So yeah, it was a memorable first big TV break, you know?”
On shooting a big-budget movie like “Shazam!” versus smaller movies:
“I think in a big movie of this size, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars and Warner Bros. Studios and superheroes and DC Comics and all that jazz. And that’s amazing and trust me, talking about pinching yourself when you walk into Pinewood Studios in Toronto, which is where Hitchcock filmed all his movies, the ones in London. You’re like, ‘Oh my God, Pinewood Studios!’ Right? And so there’s all that giddiness and that, like, special effect, that cloud of sparkles and all that brings, but, at the end of the day, when you walk on set, and the camera rolls, and you have to be present in the scene with your partner (or partners), it’s literally the same thing. It doesn’t change.”
On advice for a young person aspiring to be a professional actor:
“I don’t know what advice I would give myself, but the advice that I know to give to anyone that wants to this job is: if there’s anything else that you love that can make you happy, do that. Because if you want to do this, you have to not be able to breathe without it. That’s the only way I can describe it. It’s a necessity to live, to express, to share, to make people feel with what you’re feeling. I don’t know what else to do.”
On growing from low times in her life:
“I remember, shortly before I got ‘Shazam!,’ and I was at my lowest, because, you know, it’s always been like that for all of us. You tend to only hear the success stories, but the lows are low, you know? Especially being in this town, Los Angeles is a very lonely place and far away from home. I’ve had my hardest times of my life in L.A., never in New York. I flew to see my sister in Hawaii, she lives in Hawaii, and it was one of those moments where it was like, ‘I’m the eldest, I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to pay rent next month. My two younger siblings are married and have families. I’m single, I’m such a loser…’ You go into that spiral of negativity. And I didn’t want my sister to see me cry because I just thought it was a bad elderly sister example, and I went outside to the garden to just, like, cry in a corner by myself. And she just kneeled next to me and she said, ‘I don’t know how to comfort you anymore, sister. I see you suffer so much.’ And she said, ‘Is there anything else, anything else that you think you could be happy with?’ And I was like, ‘No, trust me, I’ve thought about it so much.’ And she said, ‘Then keep going. Keep going all the way. We’ll be with you until the end.’ And I get emotional just talking about it, but it’s those moments when you look back now, in the brightness of things, and when things are going well for you and when you have a successful show and when you have a big movie coming out, but it’s those moments of doubt and darkness that build you up and that layer you as a human being and give you more layers in the soul and strength to be a better human, I think.”
More about “At Home With The Creative Coalition”
Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “At Home With The Creative Coalition” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.
Upcoming guests include Mädchen Amick (“Riverdale”), Shiri Appleby (“UnREAL”), David Arquette (“Scream”), Justin Bartha (“The Hangover,” “National Treasure”), Ethan Cutkosky (“Shameless”), Michael Fishman (“The Conners”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Nicholas Gonzalez (“La Brea,” “The Good Doctor”), Tony Hale (“The Mysterious Benedict Society,” “Arrested Development”), Patricia Heaton (“Carol’s Second Act,” “The Middle”), New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Isaacs (“Compromising Positions”), Aasif Mandvi (“Evil”), Rachel Mason (“Circus of Books”), International Bestselling Author Patrick McGinnis (“The 10% Entrepreneur,” “Fear of Missing Out”), Yolonda Ross (“The Chi”), Reid Scott (“Echo”), Mona Scott-Young (“Love & Hip Hop,” “The Gossip Game”), Krista Vernoff (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19”), and Matt Walsh (“Veep”).
Previous guests include Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), David Alan Basche (“The Exes”), Asante Blackk (“This Is Us”), Carly Chaikin (“Mr. Robot”), Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Alan Cumming (“Briarpatch”), The Creative Coalition President and actor Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is the New Black”), Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”), Griffin Dunne (“This Is Us”), Judy Gold (“The Other F Word”), Clark Gregg (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Jon Huertas (“This Is Us,” “Castle”), Jason Isaacs (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Richard Kind (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Chad Lowe (“Supergirl”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), AnnaLynne McCord (“Let’s Get Physical”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters”), Rob Morrow (“Billions”), Kathy Najimy (“Duncanville”), Haley Joel Osment (“Future Man,” “Entourage”), Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jessica Queller (“Supergirl”), Anthony Rapp (“Rent”), Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), Alfre Woodard (“Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), Constance Zimmer (“Good Trouble”), and David Zucker (“Airplane!,” “Scary Movie”).
More about The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. The Creative Coalition harnesses the unique platforms of the arts community and entertainment industry to make positive impacts on social welfare issues. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.