Bryana Salaz is so excited for 2020 because it means more "Team Kaylie" episodes. She spoke exclusively with HL about what lies ahead, how she was prepared for the way with "The Voice" and more.
A third episode of Team Kaylie's episodes will appear in 2020, and the episodes are among favorites from Bryana Salaz . The 22-year-old actress plays Kaylie Konrad in the Netflix comedy series. While the first two seasons were about getting to know Kaylie's squad, Bryana believes Part 3 is the best so far. From a quinceañera to a wrestling episode, Bryana and Kaylie are living their best lives.
HollywoodLife sat down with Kaylie to discuss what to expect in the next episodes. She discussed with her team Kaylie role about exploring physical comedy and why she loves it so much. Bryana also revealed how her experience as a candidate in season seven of The Voice helped her in her career. Bryana takes the responsibility to be a role model very seriously and explains in our exclusive interview why this is so important to her.
How do you feel now when parts 1 and 2 are outside and part 3 is on the way?
Bryana Salaz: I'm really excited because I feel like it. In the first part we had to introduce the characters and get to know them a little. But in the second part I preferred to see the development even as an actor. It was no longer about finding out who Kaylie is or who Ray Ray is. It was embedded in us at that point. It's just like we wake up and say, "Oh, we are." It really felt that way on some days. I was very confident about the second part. I can't wait for the third part because I feel like it is taking more and we are our characters. You really feel the difference. It's also my favorite drop of episodes because it was the big stunts and I could do my own stunts and everything. There are so many fun things that happened in the third drop, and I can't wait to get them out.
Is there anything specific about Part 3 with Kaylie that can annoy you?
Bryana Salaz: There is an episode about a Quinceañera that is fun. But on children's television they know how to make a whole episode out of a Quinceañera. I am very excited about it. My absolute favorite that I'm looking forward to is a wrestling episode in which I have to do my own wrestling stunts. I've never wrestled in my life, it was fun. I just went to the chiropractor and found out that my back was damaged this time. But I'm really looking forward to these episodes disappearing.
Playing Kaylie is a very active role. What is it like for you as an actress to explore physical comedy?
Bryana Salaz: Very interesting. I think that was one thing that I loved. I love physical comedy. I learned from children's television that you have to agree 110 percent to make yourself an absolute fool. I'm very concerned with that just to feel good and confident and to know that I'm going to endure things or I'll fly away and I can get it all over my face, it's very nerve-wracking at first because of you say, "I don't want people to see me like this." But the physical comedy I learned is probably one of the more enjoyable things I did. I like to use my body to tell a story. I like to use physicality to make people laugh. I feel like it only adds another element to the comedy and that I felt very comfortable when I could refine it and really work on it throughout the series. Now I like to do everything that makes me throw myself off the chair or whatever. The cool thing is that Netflix is so open. They are not as strict as some other projects that I have worked on or have been involved in. You even allowed such cooperation with me. The directors let me work together and bring in my two cents. It was a great learning experience to feel part of my show, bring in my two cents and bring some of my ideas to life. I can't thank Netflix enough to give the actors the opportunity to work in the background as well. Not too many projects allow you to do this as an actor. I am very, very grateful and have learned a lot from this experience.
Her breakthrough was as a candidate with The Voice. Have you always thought about acting?
Bryana Salaz: A lot of people think I actually started after The Voice, but I started making music and acting at the same time when I was about 12 or older 13. It was when I was in Atlanta lived. I auditioned for other things before The Voice. I had done a few things like advertising here and there, but nothing that would have ever brought me into the acting world. I love music so much and when The Voice came and it was an opportunity I stopped acting for a bit. For me it is very closely related. I am very passionate about both acting and music. I am in a world where both things can be pursued at the same time. Because I am just as passionate, it was a blessing to be able to do both. I feel like I haven't missed anything. I was able to incorporate both into my life and it was the best feeling that I could ever do both.
How did you prepare the voice and experience for the path you are currently taking?
Bryana Salaz: The voice was such a learning experience for me because I was only 16 and this was my first time that I was under pressure from the industry and what really happened behind the scenes and experienced what really happens behind the camera. It's not all you see on TV. It was a learning experience for which I am very grateful. Because if I hadn't known that I would get out of here, I don't know if I would have been so prepared when I took the big step after I graduated. Because you go through so much on the show. Either it breaks you or it makes you want it more. I didn't know which way it would go for me. But it made me want more and it made me more resistant to doing what I want to do. So I think I have that under my belt and get out of here and deal with it … I don't even see it as a rejection. Just because I listen to 10 things a week and maybe hear from one all year round. For me it is not a rejection, just that I did not fit the part. I think it definitely helped me to be at The Voice because there are so many different voices. Everyone is so different and you never know what people are up to. That is the problem of our branch, to be able to adapt to everything. I definitely took a lot of skills with me and learned a lot about myself on the show. That definitely helped me to advance my acting and music career.
Team Kaylie researches the culture of influencers. How is it for you as someone who lives a lot in this world?
Bryana Salaz: It's really cool to see how they take it. I think my generation belongs to this category in which we have spent half of our lives without social media. So we have the experience of growing up without phones and things like that. But we also experienced the social media influence very strongly in everything. It was very neat for me because when I moved here my whole circle was influential. They were all my friends and everything. You grow apart over time. I wasn't surrounded by influencers and didn't even do as much on social media. It was really cool to see how the authors use social media. Obviously, Team Kaylie is based on the Kardashian family, the idea of leading this big, extravagant life and leading this pretty life on social media. But behind doors, not everything is as it seems. It is so much deeper. There is so much that helps make such a show or be the person that affects millions of people. I think it's really neat. It's a really good attitude to have a girl who lives in this world and doesn't understand what it's like not to be in this world because that's how she was born and grew up. In order to bring her into an environment where she learns from children who do not have the opportunity to be on social media and to be surrounded by this environment, I find it really great to bring light into this environment and the basis and to find all of that. Because social media is so powerful and scary.
It can really go both ways.
Bryana Salaz: Really. Sometimes I want to delete everything because I can't stand it. It's just too much. People on social media who feel entitled to your life and people who feel entitled to your life and every part of it. They think they know you and to some extent it is, but at the same time it is difficult to find a balance between privacy and the public.
When you're on Team Kaylie and see the face of a Netflix show, you're an inspiration to young girls. How do you deal with this responsibility?
Bryana Salaz: It was crazy. I've had my own fair share of social media experiences that have had a negative impact on me. You know, I also think about what I have to be for girls or for young children who look up to me. But I've learned so much from my followers about being just myself. Ultimately, I think that's all I can do, as clichéd as it sounds. You will never please everyone. Everyone always has something to say, especially on the Internet. So you can live your life just as well as you want to live it. I take on the role of a role model so much because I feel that I am growing up in this market in particular, that you don't see many Hispanic girls in leadership roles. It is a huge success for me to be part of a project that is not about a Hispanic family, but about the leadership of a Mexican American. To be this inspiration for little girls, and not even for little girls, but for everyone. I think that's what makes our show special. Our show is all about diversity, acceptance, no matter what sexuality, religion or whatever. That is what is so powerful about our show. I am very grateful to be part of this message. I definitely don't take it lightly. I always want to be an inspiration to someone out there.