Masiela Lusha (born 23 October 1985) is an American-Albanian actress, author, and humanitarian. Lusha rose to fame for portraying the passionate and rebellious character Carmen Lopez on the ABC series, George Lopez. As an award winning poet, Lusha published her first book of poetry Inner Thoughts at the age of 12 and has since written a total of seven books. Lusha's charitable work focuses on social issues such as children rights and education.
== Quotes ==
Poetry is a lyrical insinuation. Often, its melodic subtlety kisses the subconscious mind.
LaGuardia, Gina (October 2004). "Masiela's Musings". College Bound Teen (USA): p. 2.If I cannot offer some relief to our world, if I cannot inspire our generation to join me, then I feel I am a complete waste of space. This constant fear of feeling irrelevant in our society has been the catalyst behind all my efforts and passions for as long as I can remember.
Quoted by Masiela Lusha in a 2009 press conferenceActing is not a lofty performance; it is simply the source of becoming and existing transparently. Acting, I find, is the art of frothing to the surface every raw and honest emotion. The moment an actor pretends, he loses his audience forever
Statement at the Masiela Lusha board pageWhen pursued with a pure heart, acting is an entirely selfless profession.
Quoted by Masiela LushaOur nature as sensitive beings is far too complex to break apart, re-examine and reshape in a poem.
On why she will not critique her fans' poetical workSo we remain, forever more, Immortal and Found.
from the poem, This Child Desires SpringEvery one of us strives to be a better person; and if I am to contribute one thing of myself, it would be compassion.
Statement at the Masiela Lusha Foundatinon board pageIt is the show that keeps giving. Every night it offers something to society, and it offered something to every one of us. It brought us all together for a lifetime."
Statement on Lopez Tonight during cast reunionI feel it is our inherent duty as a humane society, above any intangible responsibility, to invest in our world's children’s potential, passion and confidence.
Quoted in the Tolucan TimesMy children's books are written on the belief that every child has a talent and a passion. Each story unfolds into an adventure of nurturing that confidence until a passion blooms.
On her purpose behind her booksMy mother's only wish was to start a life in America because America was the cradle of every promise and opportunity.
Quoted in the Burbank LeaderThere’s a condensed softness about the Albanian people, and I’ve witnessed examples of their hospitality. Albanian blood runs through my veins and I am proud to call myself Albanian.
Interview with Reel LadyI was an unassuming, skinny little girl.
On her childhoodAlthough I was quiet as a child, I had this resistless passion inside of me–this need and hunger to create my own world. Poetry filled that void, and its words fed that vital necessity of ownership.
On her poetry as a childIt came about like a typical audition where the actress doesn’t know a soul in the room, and exposes her heart and vulnerability in hopes of winning a handful of strangers’ affection.
On being cast for the role of Carmen Lopez on the George Lopez showI would much rather sit, dimmed by inattention, and study the atmosphere and the silence and dance between people, but often times I’m not offered this privilege. The necessity for isolation, and the striving for attention is the only contradiction I find in being a writer and an actress.
On her role as an actress and a writerAll three elements of storytelling carry one vital philosophy– to offer universal insight, and many instances, hope and therapy to those who absolutely need it. To illuminate a combined and universal purpose, whether it be through the written word, the spoken word, or both elements incorporated into another element of truth. All exist to tell a story to the world.
On being a writer, actress, and producerI would like to see from women in this industry what I have had the privilege of witnessing for a decade now. Strength, conviction, and unapologetic sensitivity for the healing of souls.
On women in the entertainment industryWhile some mothers sing lullabies to their children, my mother read me poetry. And to this day, I associate my strongest and most insistent feelings with words lyrically organized on a page.
On her creative inspirationI would like my books to stand as a tool to unbind children from expectations of poetry because it should free the child to self-expression and exploration.
On why she writesIn the end we're all searching for our home, that one place where we belong.
Comments on her work in Time of the CometThe soul that rides deep through our veins, Our red rivers, and smiles. This darling soul, as endearing As dead poets and countries. This restless soul that neighbors our hearts. A perfect torch that guides our flames To immortality.
"Charity"Charity befriends the children— From us, through us, in us. Behind this door, Charity waits. Alone. Tolerant. With a smile as deep as your core.
=== Drinking the Moon (2006) ===
If I could I would kiss his wrists.If I had half the courage to face his pain.
"A Man of Forty"You have marked your loyal entrance through water and sky, I cannot quite reach you, but by me you lie.
"Drinking the Moon"Sing your song, unforgiving siren,Part the curtain clouds with your faithful entrance,And clear your voice.Pour your song of milk onto this land of yours. "Full Moon - A Siren's Song"
== Quotes about Lusha ==
Masiela was a soft-spoken, gentle, and ethereal little girl with absolutely no tincture of rebellion in her make-up.
Lusha's kindergarten teacher, as quoted in 60 Minutes (2009)
== External links ==
Masiela Lusha Official Website
Masiela Lusha Foundation
Masiela Lusha on IMDb