Interview by Paul Salfen

Gen Z faces rising uncertainties, powerful role model, Award-winning, Canadian-Mexican actress, Emilia McCarthy gives us reason to hope. , multi-talented, multi-cultural actress is leading the way toward positive change (just when the world needs it most).

 McCarthy shared the screen with A-listers Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Elle Fanning in the Golden Globe Award-winning film Babel. Since then, her robust on-screen resume has grown to feature some of television’s most notable productions, such as the first-ever Netflix original series Hemlock Grove, Disney’s Z-O-M-B-I-E-S, Zapped, and Nickelodeon’s Max and Shred. As her recognition grows, so does her commitment to remain true to her purpose about the impact she makes through her work, advancing meaningful messages about inclusivity, working through differences, and becoming stronger together.

“This summer’s releases of SkyMed and Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3 are incredibly impactful for me,” shares McCarthy. “Both presented strong roles that gave me an amazing opportunity to share values of inclusion and community-building through powerful storytelling. The Z-O-M-B-I-E-S films have always done a wonderful job of sharing these principles with their audience, introducing Disney’s first non-binary actor and character in the third film, sending a message of inclusivity on every level.”

The blonde, blue-eyed actress is rarely associated with the Mexican culture in which she grew up, but the challenge of keeping her cultural heritage close has made her a champion for deeper cultural awareness. Every project or role she chooses – including the 2019 United Nations “World Is In Our Hands” collaborative campaign with renowned photographer Justin Wu to promote climate change awareness – serves as a positive social influence for the things that matter most to her generation.


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