Lela Loren

Interview: Chelsea Logan

Chelsea Logan: As an actor, you’re always learning a new character. What keeps you inspired?

Lela Loren: I think what inspires me or what keeps me inspired is my curiosity. I am—since I was a child—curious about everything. I like to look at how things work and why people are the way they are. I love to ask people questions. I want to know everything about them, even things that may be seemingly socially inappropriate.

CL: What has been the biggest lesson that you’ve learned so far in your career?

LL: I think the biggest lesson is the common one that gets in the way of most of us as artists—there are these messages in society that if you aren’t hitting certain metrics, then you’re not successful and you’re not valid. The thing is, if you’re going to take the artistic path, you sort of have to make peace with the idea or the possibility that you may never make any money or get any acknowledgment or accolades for what you’re doing.

CL: With your busy schedule, what do you do to maintain the balance in your life?

LL: I have certain authors I read. There’s this really wonderful author called Clarissa Pinkola Estés. Her stories kind of bring me back to something deeper and a little bit more grounded. I exercise. You get a little more perspective after you’ve sweated it out a little bit.

“If you’re going to take the artistic path, you sort of have to make peace with the idea or the possibility that you may never make any money or get any acknowledgment or accolades for what you’re doing.”

CL: Tell me about your current project, Power. What can viewers expect to see?

LL: If they liked Season One, Season Two definitely ramps it up a notch. The way I describe Season Two is “the season of consequences.” It’s a season of knowledge where people are finding out things. It deals with trust—how you trust people when you have doubt, how you trust people when you know they have differing agendas, and where love exists in all of that.

CL: That is an excellent segue to my last question: what does love mean to you?

LL: Love is still something I’m learning about. I’m learning how to have a healthy form of love, how to make it lasting rather than just have it be a flash in the pan. I’m learning also that as you get older, it’s always a process of self-love, learning how to really do that for yourself instead of trying to find it outside yourself.

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