Interview with MAGGIE GEHA | I BELIEVE IN MYSELF
A belief is just a thought that we have been thinking for a long period of time. Our patterns of thoughts that repeat over time become beliefs that in turn trigger emotions. Therefore, our existence represents the reflection of that which we think about the world, ourselves and others. Believing in yourself means you are not contradicting what you desire and allowing it to be fulfilled. Caring and being aware of how you feel, will always guide you into the knowledge of what you are about to manifest. The only person that can close the gap between your desire and its physical appearance, is you. First, feel yourself into being, then it must physically appear.
Actress Maggie Geha who can be seen as Abigail on Netflix’s family-friendly sitcom Mr. Iglesias, says: “If you don’t believe in yourself, how could you expect anyone else to believe in you?”
In this inspiring interview with Maggie, you will be uplifted by her genuineness, words of wisdom, and love for her art.
- Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Maggie Geha?
Hey! I’m Maggie Geha. An actor by profession and an all-around creative type. I’m vegan, an advocate for animals, and a proud mom to my two cat-children “Bug” and “Archie.” I’m very devoted to my friends and family. Vermont is home for me and I am a big nature lover but spend most of the time in LA or NYC for work and enjoy city life too. What else…? I’m a homebody, a clean freak, a goofball, deeply sensitive, and have trouble being “brief” but here are some basics!
- The entertainment industry is rapidly becoming more inclusive and diverse in its content. Why do you think this is happening, and how do you envision its future?
I think this is happening because people are demanding it and although it is embarrassingly long overdue, the industry is finally getting a clue so I imagine its future will reflect a more accurate representation of real life.
- The entertainment industry, like any other professional field, is very competitive; there are talented performers who thrive and others who do not. In your own experience, how does self-belief shape the likelihood of success?
Self-belief is a tricky thing. I definitely think aging and experience are great for it, or at least it has been for me. And of course, quite simply: If you don’t believe in yourself, how could you expect anyone else to believe in you? However, I also think moments of self-doubt are inevitable during any stage or circumstance of life, and sometimes other people see the magic in you when you can’t see it yourself. (Shout out to agents, managers, parents, teachers, casting directors, mentors, etc!)
- On Netflix’s family-friendly sitcom Mr. Iglesias, you portray Abigail Spencer, a high school teacher. How would you describe your emotional journey during the process of bringing to life your character?
In some ways, playing Abby comes naturally to me. She’s like a heightened version of myself on a really good day. Thanks to our brilliant writers, though, she’s not merely a hopefully naive optimist. She has a dark side, a backbone, and is more perspicacious than she lets on. She can be a little annoying, which annoys me sometimes, but in the best possible way. It has been a joy getting the scripts each week and watching the characters and their relationships develop and become more and more clear.
- What is your favorite part of playing Abigail, and have you learned or discovered anything new about yourself by becoming her?
“Swearing” a la Abby is a highlight for me. I also love her random impressions. And her whip-smart sass and comebacks. But I think my favorite part of playing Abby is that even if I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, once I get to work I have to physically embody joy, positivity, and confidence to pull her off and it never fails to lift my mood and make me feel more confident.
- How has your relationship between Tony Ochoa, Mr. Iglesias’s best friend, and Abigail evolved throughout the series?
At the beginning of the first season, I felt that Abby was shocked and a little put-off by Tony’s relentless, shameless advances. But over the course of season one, she gets to know him better and he has slowly but surely endeared himself to her. We are currently shooting/performing season two, and the dynamic now has a hint of innocent flirtation, but Abby still boldly shuts Tony down whenever she deems it necessary. Jacob Vargas is a gift. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Tony to play opposite. There is so much love and respect between us and we just have so much fun!
- After a successful Season 1, congratulations, Mr. Iglesias Season 2 is coming in 2020. What important messages and awareness you think the show brings to its audience?
Thank you! We are so grateful. Our show’s main message is that anyone can succeed if they have someone that believes in them. It highlights the importance of teachers and the differences they can make in young people’s lives and ultimately the future. Our diverse cast speaks to a diverse audience, and the show is filled with humor and heart at its core. I’m very proud to be a part of it.
- Mr. Iglesias has a diverse and stardust cast such as Gabriel Iglesias (Mr. Iglesias), Sherri Shepherd (Principal Paula Madison), Oscar Nuñez (Vice-Principal Carlos Hernandez), and Jacob Vargas (Tony Ochoa). How do the dynamics between all of you and the production team influence the delivery of the show, especially when it’s recorded in front of a live audience?
I’m learning that a good show, as well as a happy and healthy working environment, starts at the top. We could not have lucked out more with Gabriel Iglesias, Kevin Hench, and our other producers. They simply hired great people to make this show. And Sandi Logan, our casting director, put together a brilliant cast of a kind, hard-working people that felt like family right away. Our show’s motto is “work hard and be nice” and everyone does just that. When we have hiatus weeks off, we miss each other. We truly love each other and get to laugh all day at work. The live audience (not a laugh track like so many people assume!), adds indescribable energy. It’s a dream job and I’ve been pinching myself since the pilot!
- What other exciting projects are you currently working on?
We’re in the middle of shooting season two, so for now, that’s about all I have time for!
- How does faith aligned with your desires influence the way you experience your existence?
I have faith in the power of education and experience, hard work, time and patience, positivity, honesty, kindness, service, and a sense of humor… to name a few. Anything I have desired in life has come to me, I believe, as a result of embracing and practicing these things.
- Are you involved with any other charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?
Most recently I have been involved with The Best Friends Animal Society. In the past, I’ve helped out at their adoption events, and this year with their fundraising campaigns. They work to help promote pet adoption, spay-and-neuter practices, and have lifesaving programs throughout the country which have made tremendous progress towards their mission to end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters by 2025! If you can, please consider donating! Another wonderful nonprofit organization I became aware of this year that I would recommend donating to is The Humane League. They work to end the abuse of animals raised for food. I went to their Vegan Prom fundraiser this year and it was awesome.
- The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is The Essence of a Joyful Living. How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?
I love that spirit and do my best to live by it! There is an abundance of contagious joy and chemistry on the set of Mr. Iglesias and I see it shine through genuinely on screen. I cannot imagine making a comedy without true joy, and luckily I’ve never had to try.
- When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words from the Abraham- Hicks teachings, what is your take on such a statement?
I agree! Let’s go Abraham-Hicks!