Who is Otmara Marrero? Otmara Marrero is really with us about her career, auditioning and why she’s her mom FaceTimes every day. … Marrero, who plays Izzy Morales in the Crackle TV series Start Up, got a small speaking role on HBO’s Ballers in 2015 and has been on a stable slope ever since.
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Making a place for yourself in the acting world is not easy. So when Otmara Marrero told us how she makes her way to get a cop, how could we not applaud her? Marrero, who plays Izzy Morales in the Crackle TV series Start Up, got a small speaking role on HBO’s Ballers in 2015 and has been steadily rising ever since. But back to her finessing …
“I have a theater agent in Miami,” Marrero says of her start. “I didn’t have a head shot, I had no experience. I think I had an iPhone photo that I went into the station with and I talked the whole thing. [My agent] signed me and three weeks later I booked my first commercial. Two months later I booked a speaking role on Ballers and started working from there. “
However, let’s rewind a little bit, because before Marrero started acting, she was a dancer, and that’s what really prepared her to be in front of the camera. “Dancing was my first love,” she explains. “I knew I always wanted to do more, I just didn’t have a voice and I don’t think I had confidence. When I decided to commit 100 percent to [acting], it was easy because it always occurred to me. ” After high school, Marrero danced professionally for the Florida Marlins and began what eventually became a six-year relationship with a baseball player. We were travelling everywhere, [but] it was a really mentally abusive relationship,’ she says. ‘Funny story, I saw an ATM and it was that ATM – it wasn’t always that he cheated on me or any heartbreak – it did. I was like, man, I want a bank account. It’s not about the money, but I want my bank account to look like this, and I want it to be made. I don’t want it with his name on it. It caused something in my head and just burned like fire, [and] I decided to leave him. ‘
Nowadays, Marrero spends a lot of her time playing tech nerd Izzy. “She’s so smart, brilliant and gifted that she went to Stanford – she’s a genius,” Marrero says of the character. “I feel on TV when they have these strong, really smart women… It’s like when you’re beautiful, you’re not smart; If you’re smart, you’re not pretty. [Izzy] still has sex appeal in her crazy way, and she’s beautiful, but she’s also very smart and very strong. I love that.” Marrero admits she nervously auditioned for the role, but thinks that’s a good thing. “Audition nerves are best when you know how to ground them and use them in the room,” she says. “That’s where the magic happens. A big tip about the audition room is that you have to go there, knowing it’s a win-win situation. You book a part or you shake hands and make a fan. That’s just as important, if not more. “
Marrero not only shook hands, made fans and booked the part, but she also ended up on set with a great group of people. “I’m lucky enough to work with great people like Edi Gathegi,” she says. “Man, he’s so underrated and he’s so good. And Martin Freeman, a G.O.A.T., and Adam Brody. There are so many amazing people coming to our set. I’ve been really lucky because all the actors really work together. There’s no ego, everybody just wants to do a great job. I think that’s the best part of our show, our chemistry and how well we work together. I think that’s why people relate to these characters. “
To stay healthy during long hours on set, Marrero reads a lot, FaceTime her mother every day (a girl to our own hearts) and turns to yoga when she needs extra chill time. Season 2 is out now, so while Marrero gets her extra yoga sessions, you’ll find us glued to our TVs, sticking to Izzy’s word during the episodes. Excuse us if we’re going to binge