‘American Carnage’ Interview: Bella Ortiz On The Provocative Immigration Horror-Comedy, Her Own Challenges, & More

Along with sci-fi, the best genre for commentating on society in a way that can easily hit home with audiences are horror and comedy. A little sugar makes the medicine go down, right? Or maybe it makes the fast food easier to swallow? Certainly, the horror-comedy American Carnage will have you looking at fast food differently, along with the issues of immigration and our country’s treatment of undocumented immigrants. It’ll also have you wanting to follow the career of rising star, Bella Ortiz.

The Chilean-American actress stars as Micah in American Carnage, which takes place after an ambitious Texas governor issues an executive order to arrest the children of all undocumented immigrants. They face a choice: either be deported or agree to take care of elderly people at a mysterious nursing home. The teens soon discover a sinister, gruesome conspiracy that threatens to go nationwide.

Ortiz is joined in the cast by other young actors with bright futures ahead of them: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Bella Ortiz, and Allen Maldonado among them. She talks about the chemistry between them on set, and how that impacted her first major feature film experience. Ortiz also talks about her own immigrant experience and what she plans for her future as an actor.

It’s a terrific interview and Ortiz is extremely talented. I had a blast speaking with her. Check out my interview below, and my review of American Carnage here!

American Carnage opens in theaters, digital, and VOD on Friday, July 15th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.