A powerful script and beautifully directed scenes, backed by the most professional crew, will fail to impact the audience without a strong cast. While the screenplay, story, direction, and cinematography are crucial elements for a movie’s success, the actors are the ones that add life to it. Delivering exactly what a script demands and stepping into the character completely, forgetting about their actual existence is, indeed, a form of art. Actors deserve all the praise in the world as they step out of their lives and actual roles to connect with the world and give them a complete dose of entertainment.
While there are many high-profile actors that have revolutionized cinema, there are other emerging artists that deserve to be brought into the limelight for contributing to the cinema through their elite acting skills. Among these rising stars, there’s one whose on-screen performance is proof of her excellence, showcasing her potential of achieving greatness in this industry. Leslie Durán Huerta, known as Leslie Duran, is an American-Mexican actress that’s on her way to establishing a prominent identity in the world of acting. Growing up watching TV shows and movies, Leslie had her priorities set from the very beginning. There’s a reason why several media outlets have referred to her as a ‘born actress.’
From Watching Movies to Being Starred in Them
It is common for children to decide their profession based on the people surrounding them. The usual profession choices for them include teaching, medicine, aircraft aviation, and firefighting. There are a few kids who give ‘acting’ any thought. Unlike the majority of the kids, Leslie showed a keen interest in acting. Saying that this was Leslie’s innate skill will not be an exaggeration. Born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, in a Mexican family, Leslie grew up among entertainment lovers. Her three siblings and her parents loved watching TV shows and movies. It was an interest that they shared that also strengthened their bond. While growing up in Delavan, Leslie would spend much of her time binge-watching Spanish soap operas airing in Telemundo and Univision.
Watching Spanish shows and growing up in Wisconsin, she became a fluent English and Spanish speaker. She was a gifted actress who had the potential to take both the English and the Spanish film industry by storm. With complete support from her family, she continued grooming her acting skills while completing her school. She was just 11 years old when she got cast in Genesis, a short film. It was released in 2018, marking her entry into the film industry. Despite having a brief on-screen time and small role, she garnered much attention from the audience, with people vouching for her potential. The director was so impressed by young Leslie’s talent that he amended the story to make her a part of it. Her appearance in Genesis was followed by her being cast in Emilija, alongside Oscar Pavlo and Lara Vorkapic in 2019. In 2021, Leslie was cast in Black alongside Delilah Hefner and Chantelly Johnson.
Being bi-lingual gave her leverage while building her career. While she was cast in English movies, Leslie also got a chance to showcase her impressive acting skills in the Spanish film industry. She landed a great opportunity in the Spanish film industry. Leslie was cast in 15 Dias En La Sierra, a Spanish film directed by the pop icon of Mexican cinema, Valentin Trujillo Jr. She also appeared in Vicio Capital which was directed by Telemundo actor , Moises Cardez
Expansion of Portfolio
Being cast in movies is usually the only goal with which actors step into the industry, and landing roles in TV shows is a secondary option. Unlike most of the emerging actors, Leslie considered getting cast in TV shows as a way to expand her acting portfolio. It was the art of acting that she admired most, regardless of whether it was in a film or television. While the film industry and the television sector are somewhat similar for the audience, it is an actor who truly understands the difference. These two are completely different when it comes to acting. Transitioning from the film industry to television and vice versa is not easy; it is challenging and requires hard work and dedication. Leslie, despite the challenges, did not give up. She invested her time and efforts to give her best performance after starring in two films. She appeared in the role of a prostitute in Blockade Runner, an American TV series. Her performance in this series caught the attention of several other agencies. She was then cast in a Spanish series, Imago.
Leslie Duran is just 24 years old, and she already has an impressive acting portfolio. While flawlessly playing diverse roles, the young actress has the potential to acquire a dominant standing in both the English as well as the Spanish acting world with her versatility. Growing up while watching movies and television series, Leslie knew what she wanted with her life. It was acting that brought her joy, and that is exactly what she pursued. The right moves at the right time can make everything and anything achievable in life. It is people like Leslie that prove to the world that hard work, dedication, and faith in oneself can help people pursue passion and follow dreams to build a successful life!