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Isabela Moner of ‘Sicario’ sequel is Cleveland’s budding movie star

July 6, 2018

Isabela Moner of ‘Sicario’ sequel is Cleveland’s budding movie star

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Budding Cleveland movie star Isabela Moner is calling from Los Angeles even though she still considers the West Side neighborhood of Kamm’s Corners home. She’s doing publicity for her current project, the sequel “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” which opened in area theaters on June 29.

This summer she will turn 17, and she’s already had a career that would make many show-biz veterans envious. She’s done Broadway, television and major motion pictures. She kills it in the new “Sicario” as the kidnapped daughter of a Mexican cartel kingpin. It’s a demanding, complex role, and she finesses it like a seasoned professional.

“When you first meet her in the film, she’s definitely a spoiled brat. She demands that things go her way, because that’s what she’s used to. And over the course of the film, she changes into a different person. I have never had a role like that,” she said.

She got her break in show business in 2008 auditioning for the role of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. She didn’t get the lead role in the play, but was cast instead as a Munchkin. She wasn’t deterred.

Her family has always been supportive of her career.

Her mother, Katarine, is Peruvian; she travels with Isabela and helps her choose roles. Her father, Patrick, is a Cleveland firefighter. She has two brothers.

She has nothing but good things to say about her time on the set of “Day of the Soldado.” She adored her co-stars, and they seemed to feel the same way about her.

“Benicio [Del Toro] was so wonderful to me. In the movie, he seems so scary. But he’s really soft and cuddly on the inside. Josh [Brolin] was always the funny goofball.”

For her next project, Moner will be playing the iconic cartoon heroine “Dora the Explorer” in that character’s live-action debut. She’s excited about the project.

“We’re shooting it in Australia,” she said.

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