Check our interview with talented Hulu series “The First” actress Amber Patino.
Hi Amber, please tell us a little about you?
Hi, I’m Amber Patiño, I’m 15 years old, I’m half Cuban I love every form of art weather it be singing, acting, writing, martial arts, painting, or dancing anything that involves creative expression I’m in.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
If I had to chose three words, I would say driven, creative, compassionate.
Name one your strengths?
I am a very loving person and tend to take the nurturing role with people. I try to find ways to lift others up and help them find their joy. Even in the darkest of times there is something to be joyful about.
What inspires you?
I love being inspired by people who are completely confident being themselves in all their strange, funny, or precious glory. Take my sister Nicole, as an example. We adopted her through foster care, she has several diagnosis that make life hard on all of us. She has so much stacked against her and yet she is the most confident person I know.
Why and how did you get started in acting?
It wasn’t something I was looking for, I have always been an artist drawing and sketching since I was about six years old. I was face painting at a special needs charity event in Nashville when I started singing to the kids to keep them entertained. Someone heard me singing and off to Hollywood we went.
What roles do you like to play? And why?
I love playing all roles because it gives me a chance to explore different characters and personalities though I tend to get cast for dramatic roles more often.
Tell us about the Hulu series The First?
It is a great Sci-fi Drama series, that takes place 20 years in the future as earth is becoming more inhabitable and so the plan is to colonize Mars.
And about your role?
My role was Amanda, the daughter of the lead scientist Laz Ingram played by Natascha McElhone. My character was the good girl in the family who always wanted to please her mother. It was fun being on The First for so many reasons. I got to work along side some incredibly talented Actor’s like Natascha, Sean Penn, Tracie Thoms, Anna Jacoby-Heron to name a few. The entire cast and crew were amazing the sets were incredibly detailed and thought out. Let’s not forget my wardrobe I felt like Christmas every time I walked into the dressing room. I loved everything I got to wear.
What’s your advice for the newer actors?
Going into this field is exciting, sometimes difficult and very expensive. I see a lot of fellow actors in the lobby at auditions that are super stressed about getting the role. If this is your passion then know that you are living your best life, it’s not about the roles you get it’s about the hard work and dedication you put into your craft. Go into every audition as if that audition is your job, be kind and supportive to your fellow workers waiting to do their job, the audition. Walk out of every audition proud of a job well done. Everything after that is out of your control so let it go, if you get a call back or a role, think of it as your bonus check for the job you did when auditioning.
What other projects you have been part of?
I am most proud of a song I was hired to write for a movie in production right now called Aimee, my song is called “Find You”. I’m also in a Netflix movie called Jurassic School. It’s a super sweet Children’s movie about my brother Tommy, played by Gabriel Bennet, making a real Dinosaur in Science class. I play Chloe the big sister. It was so fun to shoot and I made some great friendships there. I’ve been in a couple of music videos, some car commercials and a dozen or so Indie shorts. I’m also a singer songwriter and have written and recorded several songs with my partner/producer, Lucas Bakker. We recently released my song Supernova on all streaming platforms.
How does a normal day in your life look like?
I practice music daily my piano, ukulele and my songs. I take time to journal and free write songs everyday. If I am with my sister in Texas, I dedicate a lot of sibling time to her. If I am in LA working, I am usually in the studio every chance I get. Other than that devoting quality time to friends and family is important to me. Lastly I try to take time to respond to everyone who comments on my social media posts because I wouldn’t be where I am now with the support of others around me.
What has been the hardest part of your career?
The hardest part of my career is not having all of my family in one place. We all used to live in LA but the life there was too challenging for my older special needs sister and now that she’s 18 we are establishing a long term home for her in Texas.
Best advice ever given?
Don’t take things personal. Make the people in your in your life a priority.
My mom always says.. Don’t let others perception of you become your reality. Expectation is premeditated disappointment.
What’s your favorite show on T.V. right now?
A couple of my favorite shows out now would be World Of Dance and The Good Doctor.
What do you do when you have some free time?
I keep pretty busy practicing my craft, and working. When I do have free time I spend it with the people I love. I know mom would like me to spend more time cleaning my room, but it’s not high on my list. Lol
What is on your bucket list?
I have 129 things on my bucket list, 23 completed and it’s still growing, my type A side of my personality kicks in with my bucket list containing categories and sub categories.? A few of my top choices would be…see the Cirque Du Soleil performance as often as they change shows, travel to many other countries like Spain, France, Israel, explore the underground tunnels in London, go skiing.
How would your best friend describe you?
My friends would describe me as kind hearted, smart, and funny.
What quote do you live by?
F.E.A.R. Has two meanings- Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise,the choice is yours. I chose Rise.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Go to church, quality time with family and friends. Play with my sister and board games with my neighbors (the cookie family, which is a nickname given to them by Nicole).
What’s next for Amber Patino in 2019?
I am planning to release a few more songs this year, do more live shows, continue to audition for film and tv roles.
Something people don’t know about you?
Lol, I wish that were secrets about me, maybe add a little mystery, but having a sister like Nicole where there’s no filter, I am an open book.
What is your own definition of happiness?
As I mentioned before I feel true happiness comes from finding joy in all things even in darkest times there is light.
How would you describe your fashion style?
Fashion is another form of artistic expression for me I think my Quirky, unique, adventurous style comes from loving the old and new. I love the Vintage look and mixing it with something new and different. My favorite stores are Unique Vintage, Dolls Kill, And Forever 21.
What is your favorite healthy food?
y favorite healthy food is açaí bowls
And your favorite cheat food?
My favorite cheat food is ice cream, chuao chocolate and pastalitos de quarantine e queasy.
What music do you like?
I am very eclectic with my music styles, I like indie pop, alternative, classic rock, blues and gospel are styles of music that I like.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would have loved to have met Robin Williams and Ella Fitzgerald, they are both iconic and amazing creative people that have inspired me to be creative. I would really love to meet Tyler Joseph and Paul Simon, both are amazing lyricists. Studying their work has made me a better writer.
How important is Social Media for you?
I think social media is a big part of our technology driven world. All of these things draw us further away from real human interactions. In the industry I am in, it is a necessary platform for getting your word out. As an actress, directors and casting use it to help them determine how many fans you will bring to the project. As a singer I want to be able to share my music. This industry that I am in brings a lot of notoriety or fame, however, as a 15 year old girl I want to share with the world that I’m no different than they are. I’m a person that’s done Has some really cool projects, these things that are possible for anyone if they are poring their heart and soul into living their passion. I’m more of a human contact kind of person. I like seeing people face to face spending quality time with people. I like going into bookstores and talking to the book seller about a book rather than ordering it online without the human interaction. Social media can be consuming and it’s important than we maintain a balance.
Where we can follow you?
Do you support any charity?
I am a part of The Smile High Club Inc an organization that is dedicated to empowering individuals that a battling disabilities, cancer and other life threatening illness to fight like the hero’s they are. I face paint everyone like super hero’s and then we hook them up to the same stunt rigging that flys super hero’s in the movies and we help them fly. Our tag line is “fly like hero’s fight like hero’s” I also always support any organization that provides aid to special needs, homelessness, and people suffering from abuse.
Song: The Judge by 21 Pilots, You Can Call Me All by Paul Simon, You go to my head by Billie Holiday are a few of my favorite songs.
Travel destination: A couple of my favorite travel destinations I’ve been to so far are New Orleans and Lake Tahoe.
Movie: I love so many movie but anything Tim Burton is high on my list.
Sports team: I don’t really have a favorite Sports team, I love mixed martial arts and my favorite person in that field would be Tom Voss who is the world champion Kali Stick fighter, my personal trainer and friend.