NAME: TALIA ROTHENBERG
PLACE: WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
OCCUPATION: MULTI-HYPHENATE (WRITER/PERFORMER/PRODUCER)
Talia is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Drama, 2014). Talia made her TV debut in the Disney Channel Original Movie PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM (starring Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato), and has proceeded to work on numerous projects across a variety of mediums since. She next appeared as protagonist Lymari Nadal’s daughter in Edward James Olmos’ bi-lingual independent feature AMERICA. A 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholar and undergraduate Producing minor, Talia first began developing digital content throughout her junior year at NYU. Her first original short, BAD HABITS, premiered at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner. Her webseries, MRS., was initially released spring 2014 on YouTube with a total 125K in views. Her comedic television pilot (based on her own hit webseries) was ranked #1 on the Amazon Studios’ Development platform from November 3rd 2015–January 5th 2016. Her first feature, SWIPED, is currently available online on “The Black List”.
What do your mornings look like?
I wake up, hit the snooze button, and then eventually actually wake up. I let queen Cleo (my adopted puppy pomchi) out of her crate and feed her breakfast. It’s usually then a rush to leave the house and get to work on time, so I pump up the jams and usually default to what I like to call: 10-minute makeup magic. Mornings are hard.
How do you calm yourself?
What’s your favorite medium for writing?
Screenwriting on my dinosaur laptop. It’s slow, but hey – it builds character! For the aspiring collaborator I recommend Celtx because it’s got all the usual bells and whistles for screenplay formatting, but can be easily shared with others as well as accessed from any device using their website link.
What are three things you love to do alone?
Book browsing. Internet trolling. Getting my hair did.
Where do you go to look for inspiration?
I tend to experience what I like to think are strokes of genius while I’m listening to records or playlists. There is always music playing throughout my home. Always in shuffle mode. I use it as a kind of white noise to help me get into the zone. But when I get stuck, that’s when I actually start to hear what’s playing and often times it ends up shaping future ideas for writing – immediately ending up in my iPhone notes.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”. There’s nothing else I feel guilty about.
What do you listen to when you are sad?
Banks. London Grammar. The XX.
What do you listen to when you are happy?
Disco/funk (I’m talking all its modern reiterations in today’s pop charts, as well as the lush classics). My ongoing SoundCloud likes list. Drake. *It should be noted that this is by far the most difficult question on this list, as anyone who knows me knows I love a ton of diverse music!
Can’t leave the house without…
My lipstick – the color of which changes every day.
Doce Cuentos Peregrinos by Gael García Márquez.
Place to shop?
Find me in the bargain bins.
Place to drink coffee?
I don’t drink coffee, but when I pretend that I do so I can meet people out publicly, I frequent Alfred’s.
My girl Xtina, AKA Christina Aguilera.
Last concert you went too?
Mainland’s show at The Troubador – but I couldn’t get in because they’re actually having a moment now, and it was sold out. Thankfully I’ve seen them 17 other times ‘cuz I’m well-connected and basically a super fan. So, Coachella.
What’s the one word/phrase you are guilty of using too much?
“Insane”. I’m slowly fazing it out of my vocabulary. Maybe.
What’s the last Google search on your iPhone?
Crispy Cuban. (Yes, I was rather interested in the whereabouts of a certain food truck…)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Carole King.
What does the last text in your phone say?
“Loll I just almost threw up so things are getting like interesting?”
“Respect the delicate ecology of your delusions.” -Tony Kushner
And tell us one thing you think we should be getting into (a book, blog, web series, song, etc.?)
The People vs. OJ Simpson on FX. That was probably one of the best television pilots I’ve ever seen. Watched it thrice.