Isabella Gomez for A-list Nation
The gorgeous and talented Isabella Gomez covers our June 2020 issue.
Tell us a little about your childhood.
I had a super happy childhood! I was born in Medellin, Colombia where the weather is always beautiful (they call it the city of eternal spring) and the people are always kind. I was the first grandchild and an only child, so I was showered in love and affection. My mom was a teen mom and was still in college so I was super close to my grandparents and my great grandma. I have so many memories of running around climbing trees, playing outside with my neighborhood friends and putting together all the at home talent shows you could imagine. The second part of my childhood was spent in Orlando, Florida and that was also lovely. That is where I really started immersing myself in the acting world. I remember taking every acting class I could find, auditioning a ton and also just really loving my friends and school. My little cousin lived next door to me for a while so the at home talent shows stayed constant through that period of time. Overall, it was a pretty solid childhood.
You have lived in Colombia, Florida, and Los Angeles which is your favorite?
That’s hard!! I really do love them all for different reasons, but out of the three I only see myself living in LA. I don’t know what it is about this city, but it’s never stopped feeling like magic to me.
Can you share with us a favorite memory on set?
One of my favorite set experiences was while filming my thriller Dembanger. We were shooting a couple hours out of LA and were doing a ton of night shoots so the cast all got an Airbnb and it just felt like summer camp. We all genuinely got along so well and got to go run around covered in blood all night and then come home together in the morning. It was such a blast.
Tell us about your personal fashion style.
I actually feel like I wasn’t blessed with a real sense of style. Admittedly, my personal fashion style is pretty basic. If it’s comfy and looks semi put together, it’s good enough! I’m a big lounge wear person, especially if I’m going to set, so cute sweats and a good sneaker are a must. That’s about it for now, but I’m hoping something will magically happen and I’ll become super fashion savvy.
What are a few of your favorite brands?
I’m a big American Eagle girl, their jeans fit like a dream! I also love Urban Outfitters, Zara, H&M, Free Peopl
What is your favorite dish?
This is hard because I love food. I’m going to say top 3 would probably be a bandeja paisa, any type of pasta and a really good cheeseburger with fries.
What are five things you can't live without?
1. My parents. Duh. 2. Music (currently on a country kick, but I actually really love all types of music. I would say I’m usually listening to reggaeton, country or show tunes.) 3. My phone. I know :/ 4. Comfort food (again, big eater) 5. Warm weather! I am such a sun puppy, I neeeeed it.
What has been the hardest part about being in lockdown for you?
I think trying to stay calm and present, especially without having my friends around to help distract or ground me. Catastrophic thought patterns are obviously easy to fall into right now and not being able to really leave my house or see the humans that help bring me back to reality is tough, but I just keep trying to remind myself that this too shall pass, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Have you learned anything about yourself from being on lockdown?
That I actually value human connection a lot more than activities. Yes, I would love to go to brunch or horseback riding or whatever else right now, but really I would kill to just be able to hug my loved ones and sit on the floor talking for hours.
Tell us a little about this season of "One Day at a Time"
This season is the Alvarez family you know and love getting into new and old discussions and situations. We have a fantastic episode where Alex walks in on Penelope masturbating (yikes!), we have a Halloween episode, we may or may not be adding a member to the family! Elena is about to head off to college so she’s dealing with applications and figuring out what her relationship with Syd is going to look like in this new chapter of their lives. It’s a really great season full of love and family and so much laughter. But I’m biased, so you should check it out for yourself.
Do you have a favorite episode from the current season
Yes. Episode 3 ‘Boundaries’ is maybe one of my favorite episodes we’ve ever done. That’s the one where we talk about masturbation, which just lends itself to so many incredible jokes while also talking about a normally taboo subject. It’s fantastic.
What has been your most memorable moment filming One Day at a Time.
Hard to say because all four years have been pretty dang memorable, but maybe doing our intros for the first episode of Season 4. Something about being all together again after the cancellation and looking around at all the love and all the fans and getting to be those characters we love so much again… It was pretty special.
Which are your favorite social media apps. Where can our readers keep up with you?
I’m a big Instagram person, I’m pretty much never not on there. I can look at memes on my explore page for hours. That’s @isabella.gomez! I’m also pretty active on twitter. @isabella_gomez for that one. Other than that, I just caved and downloaded TikTok and I haven’t really figured it out yet, but I used to love Vine so I can see myself falling down that rabbit hole.