I particularly miss going to the movie theaters during this ongoing, never-ending Pandemic. There are so many action movies I was looking forward to seeing in a comfy chair with a boatload of buttery popcorn. A gluttonous, stuff my face moment, that I usually walk off at a mall or store of some kind, to kill the calories and guilt of course. But seeing as that is not a possibility still in many parts to go to the movies, it’s up to us to take our entertainment into our own hands. We have options people! Thanks to streaming, movies that were slated to come out during this weird time can be seen from the comfort of your home.
One of those movies is, of course, The Tax Collector, featuring Cinthya Carmona who plays the lead actress and who stars alongside Shia LaBeouf, Bobby Soto, George Lopez, and other newcomers and veterans of the silver screen. A movie packed with Latinx talent is something we rarely see, so I was curious to see the Tax Collector and learn what it was about. I won’t go spilling any spoilers, but I will share that Cinthya plays a crucial role for her husband David (Booby Soto), as he makes life-altering decisions alongside Creeper (Shia LaBeouf). Having the opportunity to interview Cinthya I questioned her about her role in the movie, her family, and her future endeavors.
What was the environment like working on the film?
I feel like we were all soldiers preparing for war. Everyone on that cast and set was so ready to work and so passionate about the film that we all brought our A-Game. It was intense for sure.
What was it like working with Shia LaBeouf, George Lopez, and Jimmy Smits?
George was the coolest and I’m so honored to have been able to work with him. He’s such a legend for Latinos, I’ve been watching him since I was a kid. One of the most down to earth actors I’ve ever worked with. Shia is a powerhouse, so incredibly talented and generous with his knowledge. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to meet Jimmy but wow, so great in the film!
What attracted you to the character?
I’m always drawn to strong females and strong female roles so I was really drawn to Alexis for that as well. It takes a very strong woman to stand in a world like that, alongside her husband David. I loved exploring the why’s of her and her life choices.
The chemistry between your character and Bobby Soto’s character flowed well. How did you guys prepare to go through all the high and low emotions throughout the film?
Bobby is great man, really special. We, fortunately, had a lot of time to work together and bond. Two and a half months before filming where we hung out everyday, did martial arts together, rehearsed, and created backstories for our characters lives. We really went in and focused on every detail of an actual married couple.
On another subject tell us about your charitable work in Colombia. Why did you start it and what is it all about?
My passion for education is what drove me to start this new journey. I discovered a school in Colombia that really needed some help and some artistic influences. Right now, I’m working on remodeling that school and helping the kids of that neighborhood in Barranquilla (where I’m from) called “Por Fin”. We are in the beginning stages still, but I can’t wait to really let everyone get involved.
What has been your family’s reaction to seeing you on the silver screen and tv?
No matter what, my family is always proud to see me doing my thing because they know how hard I’ve worked for it. Any opportunity is so special and sacred and I have them cheering me on. From Miami to Colombia!
Which one do you enjoy making more, a show or a movie? Or are they equally as exciting?
They are both so incredibly special. I’m so blessed to navigate both of those worlds. TV is amazing because if you get the opportunity to, you can live with a character for years and just really get specific about the layers of who they are. You grow and the character grows with you, it’s amazing! Film is really exciting because you have to create a living human being with all their flaws and their backstories and their essence, in a shorter amount of time. Personally I’ve always been a fan of films, I just love what you can do with them, but TV is really rocking it as well right now.
What is next for you? Any roles in the works?
I’m in a new film called REEFA which will be out soon about the Colombian graffiti artist Israel Reefa Hernandez.
Any dream roles or people you would love to work with?
I’m fascinated by Cleopatra and would love to play her. There are so many people I’d love to work with but if I had to name two people it would be Quentin Tarantino & Robert Deniro.
How do you keep connected with your Latinx culture?
Honestly, my entire family is Latinx and I spend a lot of my time in Colombia connecting to my roots. I am extremely proud to be a Latina and especially a Latinx actress so I’m gonna represent no matter what.
What is your favorite food and/or activity you do for yourself?
Right now I’m in Tulum, México staring at the water and eating incredible food after a day at the Mayan Clay Spa. This is exactly how I like to relax and take care of myself.
Lastly, I am sorry to hear about Greenhouse Academy being pulled from Netflix. With that being said what lessons have you learned during your acting career? And what advice would you give other Latinx actresses/actors who are pursuing the entertainment industry? Especially since we are underrepresented on tv and in film.
I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning lessons in my career, I’m constantly learning new things. However, I am at a place in my life where I’m really learning how to set boundaries and trust myself. Sometimes young actors will take any role or let themselves be treated a certain way, accept behavior that is not okay. My advice is to protect yourself and your truth always. You are an artist, and you are special. Do what feels right to you authentically and don’t ever feel like you have to change or conform to fit someone else’s point of view. Fly free and fly high!
The Greenhouse was an incredible journey, I can’t believe we got to do it for four seasons. I am eternally grateful for that experience! Especially because I got to play Sophie Cardona who is Colombian! That show will live on forever.
Cinthya’s career is just getting started, and by looking at her growing portfolio I can tell that she has a plethora of characters and roles to show us. I look forward to recognizing her in movies and on tv as a positive representation of our Latinx community.
The Tax Collector is available on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Direct TV amongst other streaming services, and movie theaters around the country (whenever they decide to open). Watch the trailer and download the full list of movie theaters where you can watch The Tax Collector here.