5 Things to Know About Justin Timberlake's 'Supplies' Video Co-Star Eiza Gonzalez
The 27-year-old actress is Hollywood’s latest up-and-coming star, but she's no stranger to the spotlight. In fact, her Instagram has more than 3 million followers and her Twitter has 1.3 million followers.
In honor of Timberlake’s music video partner, here are five things to know about Eiza Gonzalez.
She had a major role in Baby Driver.
Gonzalez had her major U.S. film debut as the conniving Darling, who is massively in love with Jon Hamm’s character Buddy. The film's version of Bonnie and Clyde are some serious robbers who pair up with the town’s top getaway driver, Baby, portrayed by Ansel Elgort. “I remember hearing about the script for a while because it was presented as more of an experience," Gonzalez told The Hollywood Reporter. "It came with a playlist and you had to play it while reading the script. The music becomes a character of the movie.” The June 2017 film was a major box-office hit, grossing more than $208 million worldwide, according to Forbes.
She was a telenovela star.
Gonzalez began acting in her home country of Mexico when she was 12 years old, after her mother signed her up for acting classes to help cope with her father’s death from a motorcycle accident. She gained popularity at only 16 years old, when she landed the lead role in the teen musical telenovela Lola, Erase Una Vez. After various other roles in telenovelas, in 2014, she earned an English-speaking role in the Robert Rodriguez TV show From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Her character, Santanico Pandemonium, was played by Salma Hayek in the original film that inspired the show.
She is also a singer.
While she didn’t get to show off her vocal chops in Timberlake’s “Supplies,” Gonzalez has two full-length Spanish albums. Her debut record, Contracorriente, was released in 2009 and was followed by 2012’s Te Acordaras De Mi. While she didn’t continue her music career after the acting jobs started piling up, her music videos are still available on YouTube.
She is a major diversity activist.
In the height of 2018’s social turmoil, Gonzalez frequently turns to her social-media pages to share inspiring words of encouragement to her fellow women -- particularly in the Latina community. “Just a reminder that Latinos and Latina Women specifically are under represented and always seen as the minority of the minority,” she wrote on Instagram last week. “It’s not hard to understand, people wanna watch something and feel like they’re part of it. That is inspiring or uplifting, that they are thought of and considered.” See her full message below:
Good morning. Just a reminder that Latinos and Latina Women specifically are under represented and always seen as the minority of the minority, when ironically we have been the majority of the minority. Billion dollar franchises like F&F by being inclusive have been built by latino/Asian communities watching these movies, and surprisingly Latino communities being the biggest turn out in movie theaters in the States in general. Last year was a year of a big wave of Latina women working. Being part of the biggest projects of the year, yet we are constantly ignored and struggle everyday to be considered, to only have a chance to get 1 role always against every other ethnicity or race. We are labeled “diversity” all of us (Asian, African American,Muslims,Latinos etc.) and if it’s not an obvious type cast ( the cop, a drug dealing story, the slutty girlfriend, the help or something having to do or being linked to Latinos) our chances to getting work are slim to none. Our chances to being the leading lady that portrays something differently and uplifting are almost none existing. So this is just a reminder that we can have more than one seat at the table. Yes you can have an African American AND an Asian AND a Muslim and not just in the background. It’s been PROVEN that when the projects are more inclusive they’re are more successful. Not only when it comes to Latinos. Any race,sexuality or women being considered and center stage. It’s not so hard to understand, people wanna watch something and feel like they’re are part of it. That is inspiring or uplifting, That they are thought of and considered. Watch something that speaks to them. Love you all. But hard working people should get an equal chance.❤️ And hopefully this resonates to every industry out there.
She will star in Fox’s 2018 film Alita. Battle Angel.
The big screen certainly hasn’t seen the last of Gonzalez. She reunited with director Robert Rodriguez to star in the action-packed futuristic film, which is currently in its post-production phase. The movie touches on themes of hope and empowerment, aligning perfectly with the actress’ brand. Check out the trailer below for the film, slated to launch July 20.