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Erick Lopez | Average to Savage EP27

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This is the twenty-seventh episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring actor Erick Lopez. Paul Guarino talked with Erick Lopez discussing his road to becoming an actor, his role as Hector on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and his love for the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks. Follow Erick Lopez https://www.instagram.com/mr.ericklopez https://twitter.com/ErickVLopez https://www.facebook.com/ErickVictorLopez/ Powered by RISE Brewing Co. www.risebrewingco.com/

This is the average to savage podcast with Paul Greno everyone in anyone, athletes, Suett's and much more so of everybody. I'm back for another episode of the average hovage podcast. Got Another special guest for me today, actor Eric Lopez. Eric, how's it going? So can you give us a brief summary About Yourself? Right now, and on a TV show on tw called pays, the ex girl friend, I play Hector and yeah, pretty much doing that acting and fill make the thing out here in La Pando. Yeah, it so, you grew up in Dallas, Texas. Right, right, right. I grew up in Dallas. I think it is a kindergarten. You moved. You moved to Dallas and when you were kindergarten. Yeah, right, before I've actually live in in, I guess, like Ontario, California, and then after like the North Bridgard. They my parents were like we had to get out of here. Oh the Texas. Yeah, I got you. So how did you break into the acting and try? I was actually that ball on my high school team and I tour ligament coming down a rebound on my ankle and hide about. Pretty could do anything out that bombed and during that time I was also taking a drama class and I had to kind of put my energy somewhere to it. I couldn't, you know, but around or anything. Yeah, this is is ironically funny. Like I just interviewed Carl Wick Dalla from bawlers and he pretty much had almost the same story. He was like, I got injured in football and then I pick up back then because I was an acting class. Yeah, there's talking to other people and like other actors do get athlete. They kind of made the same jump. I get all kind of meant to be in a weird way. Yeah, for sure. Have about this one. Could you, could you break it down to us what it audition is like? Oh Man, yeah, so it depends, you know, if you don't have...

...you don't have an major manager, you can have to go hunt for an audition and you go to a different websites and like hey, I'm whatever, and you go in and you, you know, do the signing product and everything, and then they they see you. You run the lines with the the reader, your youth. There's usually like a camera there and everything, and then after ward you go home. But with an aiden manager they send you everything like Hey, you have audition tomorrow. And you know it go today the head or something, depending on what the project did. Yeah, you go in there and same thing. You kind of you performed front of a can like a little, kind of like small room and the small little camera and a reader reading off to you and yeah, yeah, I got you. And how did you get the how'd you get the Pars Hector on crazy ex girlfriend? That kind of an interesting thing. It wasn't a normal audition. Typically they've beend you like sprit, the small pizza, the script, feel build the whole ster. So typically that's what you get. You can memorize that. You can show up a pair for crazy egg. They didn't send any skirts. They just said Hey, just come prepared to like do whatever. Yeah, so I was kind of sewing off all the way over, man. Yeah, I went in there. All I had to go off with that I was the character was a donor and I was like okay, though would probably dress like like a Hoodie or something, but then I started thinking, man, everyone could dress like that. So I'm like, well, what what about the character? Like where his dream? Like, you know, we're like it feels like I third think about friends of mine and I'm like, you know, what. Some of them like gate boarders and some of them are like surfers. Yeah, and I happen to have a Hawaiian shirt, so I put on a hawion shirt and I put...

...on a little Bandana and I went in there as the stoner surfer dues at you got. So how long did it take for you to know that you got the part? From that, you'll do an audition and then if they like you, then they'll bring you back again and for us, like the producers or director, and that's called a call back. And then after that then you'll usually find out if it's a bigger part, like to you're like the lead of the show that they're probably put you for. More people usually did like a week or so. You'll find out first time for some project on it you'll know like month later. A crazy yeah, for sure. And is it like do they do they email you or your tell your agent, like, regardless, regardless of you get it or not heard, do they just like leave it open ended? No, man, they they get a leave it open end if you don't get it, and then killed you to because it's such a crazy timeline. Like sometimes they let you know the next day, sometimes you know, in a week and then let you know it like a month. Yeah, you never know. You're so for me, I always do a rule. Its like if I don't hear back by the end of the week or person falling, we can do it been of the week. Then then I put it up. You know, I'm just like okay, and get it, you know, put my head yeah, and then like if it comes around and they say you got it, then you're like you're just pumped. You like all right, I'm back, yeah again. Yeah, becomes the pride that it's like you just aganizing over it, especially, especially you spend so much time with project, like if you get a scrip and then you're like, okay, I have memorize. You climb up two days to memorize, spend two days, it's like Nonstuf, to in those lines. Then you'll do the audition and like a they want to see you again. You start getting more excited and like you go another couple of days, then rising the line. You want to get it right for bit of call back and then after that you have a coome more day to wait before they make it a vision. So by that time you've fully been invested into this one character and you're like I kind of want that thing now. Yeah, yeah, but be okay with roll, with the punters, wrong with the those and for sure, what would you say? Are...

...some similar indifferences about Hector and Eric? You know, that's funny because whenever they originally wrote the character of Pector, who was very kind of goopy and like fun loving and, you know, just kind of this kind of Goop your character, I feel like I have that side of the deep down inside. It comes everyone to out, become an introvert. Everyone be allowed the deck, the river will come out. But but then they started writing him as more of like, you know, Voice of wisdom later on. And you know, it's kind of interesting because it became to to growth for the character, but it also became closer to what I and I even had Rachel and other writers all right, Hey, I notice the character when a completely different window. Yeah, we decided kind of like give them more growth and also to like it very much closer to you to but the wow. Yeah, sure, I feel like that happens kind of like a lot with I feel like I hear your stories about just like characters becoming like they change it up all time. Oh, yeah, and it becomes, you know, it's really cool actually, because then the works feel like the writers are so good they just forget kind of like what you would probably say in that the area and the scenario, even like height scenario, though, that just ball field, supernatural. The more kind of go by, for sure, for sure. Do. Do fans ever run up to you and say like Hey, what's up hector, instead of like what's up there? Yeah, yeah, we'll get that. The more common thing is where do I know you prog work and I ask that you and I used not to be like, oh, they probably don't have but then, you know, my friends would be like, dude, like that would have made their day. You told them that you're from the show. I started doing that and then turn off like that. Pretty much everyone that does that knows me from the show. Yeah, it's that's it's pretty cool. Yeah, and I saw you were on a couple shameless episodes. So what was that like? Yeah, that...

...was Super Bat many they get stuff done, but the cat couldn't have been like knights are meeting, wily make space. It was probably the very, very cute time, but I kind of like mentally had to be like all right, don't freak out. So yeah, but every everyone, everyone on the Cap Gotcha. And would you say, like again, the roles hector was like a breakthrough for you and like put you into a different like scale, and now people like know you more. Yeah, you know, originally on MTV show that that helped me out a lot. And you know, it just to show you how small this world is, entertainment world. The Creator that show, you know, he actually was friends with one of the producers on crazy ex girlfriends. But then whenever I had my audition going in the producer ask I noticed that he was on the TV show with you. What you like to work with and he put any good words and everything. And Yeah, it's like if it always feels like full turble, like you think that one thing helped you make different. In reality, is something that you did in the path that helped to get that thing, you know, and then maybe that thing helped you get another thing that will break val you further. So yeah, yeah, yeah, definitely it's all about networking you nowadays especially. So what other shows, are movies do you have coming up? Yeah, so we're fishing up to for crazy ex we're almost done with that. Probably on March and then it'll be on Netflix and everything and then, yeah, I just you know, we had a future film that I was the lead in, the first film that I was lead in and it just came out on Amazon video. So it's pretty exciting appearing with feedback there on being like Boa. Dude, you're like a drama. It's you doing like comedy. You got to what's that called? Talk Flavor of life. Flavor of life. I'm going to check it out. Ye, actually, it's pretty good, a family drama. And what about what's your Dream Role,...

Dream Roll? And I would say Terry Mc Ginnis and Batman beyond. They ever did a Boatman Bey on film. You really done to do a terry to be turning again. Okay, what about we would you? Would you be willing just be like in is that one of your goals, to being like any kind of superhero movie? Yeah, and to not be. But then that's sort of noticing like the reach that you can have on the spirds like people like that, you know, making their day and the incod and stuff like that, and then being you had that superhero like. That's a really cool spect you can have and taking a lot of the marvel fone like. You know, if any one of those dude went to school, you know, it would just completely like make it go. No, remember that a lot. You know, it's a really cool way that you can you can give it back the like. You can have a bigger outreach whenever you're good. Yeah, definitely. And what advice would you give to upendcoming actors or actress? You know, I recently went to I went back to tect us to do a couple workshop kind of help people navigate, help students navigate, like high school students, you know, the acting and filmmaking world, because I wish that I would know that high school did high school. I knew that I wanted to do this for a living. So one of the things that, you know, one of the big questions that always come up. But how do I talk to my parents about it? And like finances, there's like man like, you know, how can I apport to be an actor? You know, so I usually tell them, like what the parents like? You start to understand that, you know, they they love you, they care for you and they want you. They don't want to do you get rejected and they know that there's a lot of rejection involved. So whenever they may challenge you and say, I don't think this is why, what not to look at it, then look at it as their...

...way of caring and then also understand from where they're coming from and help help them understand that you know the risk and you're working to mitigate the risk. So, like you can, instead of like going to your parents aren't park for about like you cannot study theater, you can always study like business or like mark being a communication and college and still be a part of the theater program still be a part of the film program on the side when you're in college, and that way, marketing, business still all part of the world. You still have to do that kind of stuff, you know. Anyway. Yeah, for sure. How about? Do you think you have to like go to school, like college for acting, or you think you could like what do you think the easier route is, like going to college and for acting, or like just going straight to like La, like out a high school? said, it depends on where where they are currently like it. Student is in Los Angels and I don't see any reason why they would need to, you know, so they can go either it. Either way, because if you go to UCLA or they go us the like. Those are great profectors and you can get a great, you know, network connection. Your degree not going to do anything but about the people that are working there, but other actors you meet, the bill makers you meet. And then at the same time, like if you're off that's flying. Like I, you know, at a one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, I was already cut and trying to get like auditions out in the real world and most of good I couldn't afford to really do acting school properly through like college and whatnot. Yeah, yeah, like it still get still worked out, you still get the same kind of experience by being on that and being around other people that are really doing you know. Yeah, for sure. Back to what we're just saying before, it's just all about the networking. Yeah, I'm sure yourself out there. Yeah, and you're ready for some fun questions? Yes, sure. So what do you like to do in your free time? Oh, Mane time, like fun, fun stuff. I'll go play paths all and stuff with friends, but like all the stuff I actually...

...just started to attack start up with a buddy of mine and you know, we're working on that and it's all about like community, like a detect that aisy, yeah, Udy, and yet Nio at that door. And like it's just a way to help people kind of put all their plans in one place. That feel like no one wants to space book. eventy, more Tech Metal James can get like overwhelming, like, you know, we wanted to make it easier to take a plan and schedule timeless friends, you know. So it's like a like a calendar planners type think right. Yeah, yeah, postal network calendar, and it's all like a really fun packing way. Okay, not like doctor doesn't feel formal, toe like tunder, but form like be here at this time, you know. Yada, Yada. Ye, wanted to get fun kind of way to schedule things. Yeah, school outs, check out. Check that out too. What about her? What about this? So you get you can answer this one or not. Have you ever had a crazy x? I have, you know, I had to ask. Yeah, you know, it was. It was funny because it was back in high school. You know, I think at that point you're still trying to figure out like your emotions and you're trying to figure out like you just get so much to love, you get so much to give. And you know, the end of the day, I would have loved her on the pain level as you love me. You wouldn't have been crazy. Probably would have been married right now either, but crazy all, you know, perspective. Why? I guess maybe she wasn't that crazy J parkboard love. Yeah, that was funny. That's pretty funny. Yeah, what about what are people? What's like? One thing, if people don't know about you. I'm trying to think. I mean, I am. I try to be pretty open. I okay. So, yeah, yeah, all right, looking glass. Yeah, it's something that we just decided...

...to do get away from the whole our parents and family still wanted to do a ceremony of poper ceremony. We figure like wetting there so much self other people that we just wanted to do something first out first. that. Yeah, for sure. For sure. I know, like the wedding thing is crazy to make it. It's just like like yeah, I actually want to. A couple of my friends are like you, we're not going to have a wedding, we're just going to have like a huge party instead. I'm like, that's even bad, that's even better. Yeah, and could you give me your top three favorite movies all time. Oh Man, I'm different, I know, most like but I go off of, you know, growing up and watching films and feeling a certain way about them. So the number one will be remember the titans for sure, as I think it's an overall just like really cool film. And then the rent, no particular order, pull fiction and popword orange, okay, man, others. So yeah, I like to like that. As an actor, do watch movies and TV shows like differently? Like does it you, because you know more? Yeah, and you know there's there's a couple different you either watch it religiously and you're like up to date with everything for you completely. Like there's people are just like to now and they just, you know, they have their shows to go to, and I used to watch everything like very religiously. And then, you know, the influence always new TV shows and films. There's always things to watch. I actually actually started going more towards watching a documentaries and watching, I guess, the animation, you know, like I'll watch my rippen morty and unt park and then flip over and watch them like documentary felt like from real stuff, you know. Yeah, just the Nice change of pace because you had an after you do see like he shows and you're like yeah, you see it differently. I don't know, I don't...

...explain it. Need get differently. Are you ever just like watching like TV or flipping through the channels and you're just like, oh, I know that person like you could just could have been around breaker more so then you feel bad for not watching. Whenever you seat them in first you're like, Oh my God, I have your TV show you. So, but it's really cool. It's really cool and you know, you try to make an effort eventually get around tons so much TV and film up there now, for sure. I know your Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavery fin right. Yeah, for sure. So so what do you think the cowboys are going to do? Man, yeah, I'm in Los Angeles and, as they begs one, I immediately went on take a master and I got me some tickets for the La game. No, yeah, my birthday coming up on the fifteen, so I'm like, as my birthday person, because big Bertha, go to the game. So yeah, definitely open they wind. Definitely hoping they come out with w like man, it'll be so big to get past this divisional rout if for sure, I think I think it's gonna be a tough game, but I think I got a shot because they're they've been playing really good. Yeah, their defense is actually stepped up, so that's that's the thing. I'm like a our defense plays well, then we can go totoe of anybody. Definitely. Have you been to any MAVERIS teams recently? No, I want to see you, Luka Man, that guy. Yeah, I wanna. Yeah, I want to watch him, but hopefully I'm fingers crossed, Hofully, they make the playoff, because they'll be back in ballot around that time and I'll definitely going. Yeah, Guy became overnight sensation. He's been on twitter like every day for the past like I don't know week. Yeah, it's blowing. He's he's literally like I think he's leading the altar ballot and they like for votes. Yeah, yeah, he might be something crazy. Yeah, since it's a while, I'm really excited. I hope you stay some Dallas. Yeah, definitely. Are Your Fan of Mark Human? Yeah, Mark Human. You know the thing that got me by very...

...astinity came in. He was very detoil oriented and he cared about the players. He cares about, you know, their help to make sure that you know they have top doctors. Do you think her that you know, everyone good example of dial like this guy playing like he's still around, that they still around. It's like amazing, you know. And Yeah, that goes to how well the doctors are doing. It. Doubt so. Anyone to take care of the players. I respect. Yeah, I even saw I think it was like the anniversary of him owning the team a couple days ago and he put out like the video in the video clip was of Vince Carter in Dirk newinsie and I'm like this is crazy because it was like twenty years ago or something like that and both of them are still active right now. That's wild. Yeah, I think it doesn't even make sense that. I was like holy, it's like it's crazy that Vince Carter still playing, to be honest. But earlier and are you doing? Yeah, he's still doing the crazy, don't I saw? I think he still did, like I think he did a three hundred and sixty dunk in the game like recent like for sure, he's crazy. Good luck to your cowboys and I appreciate you coming on the show and best of luck with all your acting and everything. appreciated. Yeah, yeah, were. Could people find you on social media? Find me at on Instagram at are at a clip. And then for twitter and Eric, you be Victor and look dirty. Open that awesome.

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