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Majandra is best known for her role as "Maria DeLuca" on the science fictional series "Roswell." Born in Caracas, Venezuela on February 20, 1981, Majandra moved to the Unites States at the age of 3. Residing in Florida, she excelled in academics, but her interests pointed towards the arts. At the age of 10 she danced in "The Nutcracker" with the Miami Ballet. Besides dance, Majandra also took part in school plays and the community theatre. At the age of 11, her best friend Samantha Gibb, daughter of the Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb, joined an all-girls singing quartet named 'China Doll'. The group specialized in soul-styled pop. After opening for the Bee Gees at a benefit concert at Miami Beach, the girls enjoyed small success. A fews years later both Majandra and Samantha left the group. After singing, Majandra decided to give her acting dreams a shot. Her parents, at first dismayed over their daughters aspirations, gave her a 6-month deadline to test her skills. If all else failed, she would concentrate fully on school. Within months she had secured herself with an agent, and was already landing jobs. She landed her first television series the following summer, playing Tony Danza's daughter on "The Tony Danza Show" (1997). It wasn't until 1999, with the success of "Roswell" that Majandra rose to fan-magazine fame. Her role as the sarcastic Maria DeLuca has sparked many fans all around. Not forgetting her singing talent, you'll see her singing on the show every so often. Next up, it's the big screen, starring with Michael Douglas in the feature film Traffic (2000).
More fun stuff about Majandra Delfino
Birth name: Maria Alejandra Delfino
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)
Attended New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.
Was nicknamed Majandra because her sister could not say Maria Alejandra.
Sister of Marieh Delfino.
Often sings on episodes of Roswell, such as "Viva Las Vegas", "Cry Your Name", and "Behind the Music".
October 31, 2001: Released her debut album, entitled "The Sicks". Inspired by Bjork and Portishead.
In the summer of 2000 Majandra released 3 songs onto the internet called Siren, Bruises and Tattoo. Majandra wrote and produced then in association with "Sci-Fi Lullaby".
She is a singer and did her own singing on several Roswell episodes.
She originally auditioned for the part of 'Liz.' She lied about her age to get her job on the show.
Dated former Roswell co-star Brendan Fehr
Is currently dating Devon Gummersall who was her co-star on Roswell where he played her cousin Sean.
Devon has written a small movie that he and Majandra is filming
Astrological sign: Aquarius
Place of birth: Caracas, Venezuela
Residence: Los Angeles, California, USA
Parents: mother Marie, father Enrique
Siblings:1 older sister Marieh (actress)
Pets: 2 dogs: Gertrude (a poodle), Tattoo (Pekinese)
Tattoos: 4, Chinese symbol for "dog" on her right foot, a cross on her lower back a henna inspired design below, and her initials in Tibetan under that
Hobbies: singing, painting, writing music
Favo colours: dark purple, moss green
Favo food: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Favo movie: The Last Unicorn
Favo science fiction movie: Tron Hackers, The Matrix
Favo TV show: Charmed
Favo actor: Johnny Depp
Favo music: Nine Inch Nails, Fiona Apple, Pantera, Black Sabbath
Favo bands: The Beatles, Bjork, Portishead
Favo book: Prozac Nation
Favo vacation: Venice, Italy
Favo quote: "I'm not girly girly enough to care how I look on TV, or if i'm wearing the correct make up."
"Don't worry. We're not crazy people like you think!"
Meet Majandra Delfino
Who is she?
Born and raised in Miami, the daughter of Venezuelan and Cuban parents, Majandra Delfino, 19, began playing piano at the age of five and by the time she was 11 was singing in the all-girl quarter China Doll. After leaving the group, she paired with her best friend and began writing songs and performing as a duet. Before coming out to LA to pursue acting, she appeared in stage productions of Grease, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker. She currently lives in LA with her sister.
What has she done?
Plays the sexy and stylish Maria DeLuca on the WB's hit show Roswell; will star in the upcoming horror spoof I Know What You Screamed Last Summer with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tom Arnold and Julie Benz; will appear in the indie film The Learning Curve and the coming-of-age drama Unglued, written and directed by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
Why do we care?
Because the lusciously lipped Majandra is next in line to roll off the WB's babe-maker and become a big-screen heartbreaker.
Playboy.com: Roswell is about aliens. Have you ever encountered one?
Majandra Delfino: No. But I definitely believe they are out there. We can't be the only ones that exist. That would just be too egotistical to think that. They are up there looking down on us right now.
PB: You must get tons of freaky letters from your fans.
MD: Not too much. I get lots of letters from girls who love the show and love my character, but then there are the ones that come from the boys telling me what they'd do to me in bed and all. I had this one guy send me a condom with a note that said, "Save this because it's for us when we meet." I also get lots of gifts and stuff like that. Usually really sweet stuff. I try to send a head shot of myself and a note, too. But for security reasons I try not to get too personal. We're advised not to disclose too much info.
PB: What's one gift someone could send you that would make him or her stand out from the pack?
MD: Anything that has to do with Tim Burton. I love his movies. They are so cool, dark, quirky. I love all of them. Well, maybe that has something to do with the fact taht I also love Johnny Depp.
PB: Does Roswell have a big cult following?
MD: Yeah. It doesn't really surprise me, though. People get really attached to TV shows, especially when they deal with subject matter like ours. They begin to feel like they know you and that leads to some bizarre behaviour. I remember me and my friends cried when My So-Called Life went off the air.
PB: Scary Movie was a huge hit this summer, and you are in the next big spoof movie I Know What You Screamed Last Summer. Are you ready for all the attention this could get you?
MD: That's funny, because we shot that so long ago, before even Scary Movie, but they came out first. I don't know when Screamed will be coming out. When I first read the script I thought it was so funny. But after we shot it we had to take out a lot of the jokes for legal reasons. We take potshots at all things, not just horror movies. I play the Jennifer Love Hewitt/Neve Campbell role. There were lots of scenes with lesbian insinuations and stuff like that which will probably get cut out, so we'll have to see what kind of movie it becomes.
PB: What's the one thing you can't leave home without?
MD: My lip balm. I have big lips and they get dry a lot so I need my lip balm.
PB: I bet you had some wicked nicknames in high school because of your lips.
MD: Yeah, they called me "fish lips" and would make fish faces at me. But my mom always used to tell me that when I got older, people would be envious of my lips. And she was right.
PB: What's the best piece of advice you've gotten?
MD: When my publicist told me to always keep my shirt on at photo shoots. I'm so free and don't mind being nude that it can get me in trouble. I did a shoot where I was on all fours, with no shirt on and little silver stars on my nipples with these really short shorts and people were like, "Wow, Majandra!" I think it's really cool and all my friends from Miami were calling me and saying how great it was but I have to remember that I can't always do that.
PB: What's the oldest thing in your refrigerator?
MD: Nutella chocolate. I love the stuff, but I never through it away when it gets old. I have some of it in my fridge that's four to five months old. I put it all over strawberries and eat them constantly. It's sooo good.
PB: What's something no one can do in your bed?
MD: Eat and put their shoes on it. I don't mind watching TV and hanging out on my bed but definitely no shoes!
PB: What did you dream about last night?
MD: I dreamed that my boyfriend was yelling at me because he wanted me to cook American food for him. Then I began running down the street with my sister and ran into a music store where it was filled with ballet shoes and guitars. He's Canadian and there all the girls cook and the guys watch TV, but in Miami the guys and girls cook together and hang out, so that's what that dream was about. And, well, the music store was my safe haven.
PB: Do you have any phobias?
MD: I hate germs: I can't share drinks with people; I don't like using public toilets. I can't put my ass on a seat that thousands of others have sat on. Don't people realise when they do that that they are getting all the germs from everyone who sat there before them? Eeeew! I also have phobias of sharks. I saw one once when I was out on my WaveRunner and was freaked out. Ever since I saw Jaws I've been that way.
PB: If you could hop into a time machine, who would you want to go visit?
MD: The Virgin Mary. I need to know the truth about the Immaculate Conception. What's going on there? Always sounded kinda iffy to me.
PB: Anyone else?
MD: Adam and Eve. I gotta know why they ate the apple and ruined it all for us. I mean, I'd be happy running around naked playing with the lambs and lions. Sounds good to me.
Majandra Delfino Roswell's Maria
Majandra Delfino plays Maria, probably Roswell's nicest character. She talked to us about what it's like on the set, being a doll, and how she'd abuse alien powers.
Tell us about how you came onto Roswell. Is it true you were a ballet dancer before?
Yes, quite a bit of a ballet dancer.
I had been singing in a group with three girls when I was really young and we weren’t taken very seriously. People didn’t believe such young girls should write about personal experiences and all that kind of stuff. I did that when I was about 15, and I tried acting in Miami, where I’m from.
I got a job in a feature film and then basically had to spring that upon my parents and be like "Listen, I’m hired, are you going to let me do this?" And they said "Fine". That’s basically what happened, it took me to Los Angeles and I got a job here and now I’m here.
You still sing on the show - do you have much input as to what you’ll do in that line?
I do get input. There are certain guidelines we have to follow, for instance I tried to do a Police song, "Can’t Stand Losing You" and they felt, because he talks about suicide as a joke, [it wasn’t] friendly for the kids. But yeah, as much input as I can have, I have and enjoy it for what it’s worth.
Who’s the most fun on the set?
I would say Nick Weschler is the joker of the set. It’s really bizarre because everybody always assumes I’m the joker. Why? I’ve got to do something about that.
Yeah, it’s Nick. I’m not saying he’s the most fun to be around, that would still be me, but he’s the joker.
Do you think aliens would make good boyfriends?
Personally, I would love to have an alien boyfriend. I would request things such as a tan, you know, they can do all these things and maybe larger breasts, I’m just putting it out there, I’d ask for certain things and I think it would be a wonderful thing, but [Maria doesn't], she gets frustrated with it.
What do you think about the way your character is described as "the spiritual glue and comic relief" of Roswell?
I don’t know. I mean the spiritual glue – that’s a lot to put on someone, that makes me nervous. Now I’m going to totally mess up the scene after this.
I definitely am given really great lines, but, I really think the funniest person is Nick’s character. To me it’s hilarious, the Jock that is into the Buddhism thing, and Michael is so funny like at times.
I’m given the obvious funny kind of stuff, the wacky stuff but I’m more appreciative of the tongue in cheek things.
Do you prefer working in film roles or other types of TV role?
I wouldn’t know, taking a job on TV, what I prefer because I’ve never really been on a drama. I’ve been on sitcoms but nothing that is this long running and such a long day and all of that.
But I would say that it’s a lot easier, especially if you have a bit of an attention deficit disorder, to be on a movie because you can give it your all and kill yourself for however many months and then let it go. If you try to kill yourself for a role on the TV show, you’ll succeed. It’s too long, it’s too much. So, it’s tough but the challenge is a good thing.
What is a typical day on a Roswell set?
It’s like a party. It’s bad because we’re all young, you know. It’s good bad, my kind of bad but it’s definitely loud and fun and it’s we bring out the kids in like the crew as well and pretty soon they’re making fart jokes. So it’s a lot of fun, and sometimes it gets in the way of work. But we’re getting better at that, we’re improving.
Is it difficult during filming, with the heat and the pressure?
No. It doesn’t get unbearable for me, I’m from Miami, I love it when we’re out in the heat. When it’s cold I’m like "I’m never acting again" because it’s too freezing.
It’s weird going out to [film]. There are so many fans, and it’s so hard because you’re there to work and you want to go and sign autographs but you’re at work. Sometimes they get mad because they see you like dressed up looking all normal, and you’re like "But I’ve got to go" and they’re just like "I used to like you".
There are some expectations that are [too high]. It’s hard to deliver from time to time but we try.
Do you have a lot of contact with fans through the web?
A lot of us do, I do. I definitely go on from time to time.
There’s like some specific sites that we post on, but I just had a terrible thing happen to me where I posted on a site and people had been posting saying that they were me. It was really crazy and then, I don’t know how, they got into my personal computer, the full on hacking thing.
So it’s starting to get a little scary but we definitely try to at least answer their questions and stuff like that over the internet.
What do you make of the merchandise? Do you see yourself as a doll?
I always have.
Would you like something like that?
I would. I think it would be really cool, yeah I think it’s a great thing. I have a friend who has a doll [made] after her and I was like "That’s not cool, where’s my doll?" So I definitely think it would be fun.
What film have you been working on?
Sticks and Stones. That was just a two day thing, really one scene, but this summer I worked on my music. I have a CD coming out in less than two months. It’s all online actually, I’m like the online chick.
The theme of this whole thing and is something I completely put together by myself with two musicians I work with. It’s like my little project. So that’s what I did over the summer and it’s very exciting because when you’re an actor they tell you what to say, they tell you what to wear, it’s very much like you’re not really in control in a sense and you’re not really there to be in control.
But with this it was great because it’s like my little project, my little baby, songs I wrote, songs we produced and everything. It’s like we’re our own label, which is a good thing.
Do you have much input into the character’s look and personality?
Yes, definitely, we get input, but it’s a character you know, it’s just a character.
I have so many problems with that, because, speaking of the music, I have so many situations where these Roswell fans go onto my site and they’re like "She’s not like the same, like bubbly Maria". They think that it’s the same person.
So you do have to go into it creatively like with wardrobe and all that going for the character, not me. It’s harder because people think it’s you so it gets into something else entirely.
Who decides on how you style your hair?
That is definitely the one place where everybody gets their way.
In the first season I had really short hair and they liked that, they cast me as this girl with the hair this long [indicated very short length] and I was like "I really don’t like my hair short, I’m going to start growing it out". With me it’s always like "Well she’s crazy, she can do whatever", that’s the great thing about my character.
But [with everybody else there’s been some, "I’m going to do my hair this way, that’s how I’m going to wear my hair". It’s the one thing everybody stands up for. So as for who does it, we have great hair people but the actual concepts come from the individual.
Being on the human side of things, do you wish you had some special powers?
In real life yes, I would love to have special powers. I think my power in real life would be to stop time, therefore being able to sleep more, stuff like that, study, whatever. Just like "Stop I’ve got to do something".
But for my character, no, because when they have to do their little special power things it’s more time. With the special effects, they’ve got to put their hand here, not there and there’s all these critical things that fall into place so I definitely wouldn’t want a power on the show.
I’m afraid because I know that Liz and Kyle, ever since they’ve been healed, are kind of like half alien. I’m like "Please don’t heal me, I don’t want to be an alien, please".
Is it fun playing the love hate relationship with Michael?
It is. We have a lot of fun, Brendon and I, playing the love-hate thing. People really enjoy it and it’s also given him an opportunity to be funny, because he was always the tough, brooding guy and it’s really given him an opportunity to be just so bad that it’s hilarious, a terrible boyfriend that’s really comical, so that’s a good thing.
Is there anything you can tell us about your character’s development in season three?
Rumour is, but they don’t really tell us these things as surprising as it seems, that she’s going to go out to look for her dad. For necessity not "I wonder where my dad is?" type of thing. Because I am like please don’t make it like that typical searching for the parent thing.
She has to find him to sign something that her mother won’t sign, which is a record deal. She basically goes after him and it’s funny because she has a really hard time narrowing it down as to who could be her dad, because her mam had a lot of fun during those times. So that should be interesting, and I love story lines with my mam, with Diane Far, I think they’re always hilarious.
I’d like to see my character be evil. I would love that. You know, the aliens can possess us. I’d love to be possessed by some evil god knows what.
Would you like to play your dupe counterpart, and what would they be like?
Maybe it should be like this really conservative librarian of a person, I don’t know.
We had that 1947 episode which was really cool, being in the 40s and putting on this thick southern accent and all that. It’s always fun to do different things but the actual dupe concept didn’t go very well with me so I’m okay without it. It would confuse me too much, so I’m good.
Do you prefer the romantic or science fiction angle of Roswell?
I like a blend of it. I get very tired with too much romance as an individual on TV, it drives me crazy. I like the idea in sci fi that sometimes everything’s tense and they’re running away from god knows what, I like that aspect thrown in with the romance of trying desperately to be with this person who’s completely unattainable.
Have you any ambitions to write or direct?
It’s so funny, actors usually have a directing ambition. I’ve got no ambition for directing.
With that music kind of mentality, my thing is I would love to write and then I’d direct something I wrote. I find it so strange to take someone’s work and then be the director of it and have their view and take it on as your own, it’s almost unfair. To me it’s the same thing as being a singer and only singing songs people write for you. As much as I think that’s sacrilege I kind of see it in the same way with scripts and directors. Clearly not as bad, but I would like to write and I think I’d only like to direct if it was something I wrote or I wrote with someone.
It’s not something that I really … it’s there with like I’d also like to be a horse whisperer. It’s there with many other things.
Is there anything you’d like to tell us about?
Just my CD will be out in 2 months. [It will be out by now]. And if anybody is a fan of good music, I’m kidding, but you should definitely check it out.
Majandra Delfino: "Roswell Is Holding Me Back"
She isn't Maria.
Majandra Delfino dearly wants you to know that.
No, she's nothing like the air-headed teen character on Roswell, the UPN show about adolescent aliens.
She doesn't even like the show that's landed her on the cover of Seventeen and gotten her a sexy layout in FHM men's entertainment magazine. As a matter of fact, she despises the TV program that's brought her fame.
The 20-year-old Delfino thinks of herself not as an actress, but a musician - and she wants to go back to music as soon as possible.
The problem is that just about everyone else thinks of her as a TV actress.
"Which makes me laugh," she said in a telephone interview with The Free Lance-Star from Los Angeles. "I've never taken an acting lesson or been in a play."
Delfino, the daughter of Venezuelan and Cuban-American parents, was born in Caracas, began playing piano
at 5, and at 11 began to sing and perform.
She wants to go back to that and sees no redeeming social value in being on Roswell - not even as a vehicle to launch her music career.
"It could have been a vehicle, but if anything, I see it as kind of like a hindrance," Delfino said. "People think I'm my character. Unfortunately, I play this really peppy, ditzy character," she said.
Her music couldn't be less peppy.
She's self-released a debut six-song EP titled The Sicks on her own Dripfeed Records label. The music, which is dark, melodic electronica, is available through majandra.com on the Web.
The darkness reflected in The Sicks comes from personal experience, she said. The EP and the song Bruises deals with struggling to handle emotional wounds.
"This is definitely not an album where we looked at it and thought, 'What would make me look cool? Let's go dark,'" Delfino said.
It's the real Majandra, she said.
She wants to go on tour to promote The Sicks but Roswell is holding her back, she said.
She's hoping the show, which has low ratings, is dropped by UPN.
"If Roswell gets canceled, I'll definitely go out on tour," Delfino said. "It's like the lowest-rated show on TV. It's kind of stifling to be working every day and have just about one person watch it."
Cancellation of the TV show is now on hold until Feb. 26. The show airs on Tuesday nights at 9 following Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Being allowed to go on tour would be "a huge relief," Majandra said.
"I don't even care if no one comes to the shows. I just don't want anyone to come and yell, 'Maria!' If they do, they'll be quietly escorted out by security," she said with a chuckle.
She doesn't plan to do television again in the foreseeable future.
"I took Roswell because I was interested in seeing how it would be," Delfino said. "I saw, so that's all I needed."
"I definitely find movies more interesting," she said.
Her film credits include: Zeus and Roxanne (1997), The Secret Life of Girls (1999), I Know What You Screamed Last Summer (1999) and Traffic (2001).
She read for Mena Suvari's part as the seductive cheerleader in American Beauty, but didn't get the role - perhaps in part because she decided to cut her hair short before the reading, and perhaps in part because of a faux pas.
"I didn't really mind when they said the character had an affair with an older man," Delfino said. "But when they said 'Kevin Spacey,' I made a face like that wouldn't have been my pick."
Delfino Raps Roswell
01.01.2002 - Majandra Delfino told Sci-Fi Wire that she doesn't concern herself with Roswell's fate or how it bounces back and forth between SF and romance. "I try not to think about it," the actress said in an interview. "I don't have enough invested in it - I don't think any of us do - to let it frustrate us. The people it must frustrate are the fans."
Roswell kicked off its third season, its first on UPN, in October, but Smallville has consistently won the ratings war. And that's despite the fact that Roswell has returned to its earlier romantic storyline, which initially attracted passionate fans and elicited excellent reviews. Delfino, however, can't offer much of an opinion about the show's quality. "For us, [the episodes] are our job," she said. "Rarely do we end up seeing the finished products, because we're working that day, or we've been doing this so much we really don't watch it. And I can definitely speak for all of us. For me, the reason I like an episode [now] is because we had a lot of fun doing it, or we had a great location, [or because of] what we all had personally going on."
Delfino - currently celebrating the release of her CD, The Sicks, available only at her official website - can point to one such episode: "Samuel Rising," the Christmas-themed episode which aired in the US on 18 December. "[It] was really hilarious, because we were all in these costumes, and we were just ragging on each other the whole time," she said. "It was funny because we were doing the Christmas episode on Halloween day. That was just really comical to us. We were in Santa Claus and elf costumes, that kind of thing."
Majandra Chat Snippets
Majanda and Shiri Appleby took part in an online chat with E! Online this week. Here's a few non-spoilerish Majandra comments:
What better or worse about the move to UPN?
Majandra: It's better, because they're excited to have us. They're promoting us. And there's nothing worse I can think of.
Roswell won't be on forever. Do you ever think about what you're gonna do afterward?
Majandra: I'll probably continue to do the music thing.
How does it feel with your private life being the centre of most of your fans' interest?
Majandra: I didn't know that! But I guess it's cool. I'd rather they be interested in something than not be interested. But they don't know much about my private life, because I don't have one!
Majandra, are you going to tour sometime soon? I love your song!
Majandra: I'll tour during my hiatus, or if the show gets cancelled.
Who would you like to guest star on Roswell?
Majandra: Jack Nicholson. He could play my dad.
Is it difficult as a Hispanic actress in an industry where diversity is sometimes frowned upon?
Majandra: It's only difficult when I try out for Latin roles, because my blond hair and fair skin make casting directors believe I'm not Latin, which seems quite stereotypical.
If you could be any character on TV, who would you be?
Majandra: Probably Dick Van Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
I live in Brazil, and I'd like so much to know if there are any plans for your CD to come out in countries besides the USA.
Majandra: My CD is available at majandra.com and can be purchased over the Internet, so it's available to anybody.
Any chance of Maria speaking or singing in Spanish?
Majandra: Speaking has been talked about, but the other has been tossed around, and she definitely won't be singing in Spanish.
Majandra, will you do any shows around L.A. to promote your CD?
Majandra: Definitely. I haven't tried to fit it into my schedule yet, but I'm sure we'll do that.
How was it working with Clayton Crane? (He's really hot.)
Majandra: It was fun. He's a cool guy...a very fun actor to work with. He and I got along well.
What do you think of the success of the show in other countries?
Majandra: It's great! It makes me happy to see that other countries get it. I can just imagine what we sound like dubbed and stuff, so I apologise for the bad acting - but it's not us.
What TV shows, past and present, do you enjoy?
Majandra: The Bob Newhart Show. The Dick Van Dyke Show. Dobie Gills and The Donna Reed Show. I just thought she was so cool. And Rhoda. I love the old stuff.
Is it really true you are best friends on and off the set?
Shiri and Majandra: Yup.
Are you, like your character on Roswell, a romantic fool?
Shiri: No. I hope not.
Majandra: Definitely not.
Can you tell me something about the diary you're doing?
Majandra: Basically, it's a day-by-day journal entry that I type from home. Whether it's interesting or not - that's up to who is reading it. Sometimes I have art and pictures. It's pretty personal. I update it pretty much every day.
Does the online community ever freak you out in their intensity/obsession? Do you ever not like going online (for Roswell) because of the reaction to certain things and certain actors/characters?
Majandra: They totally freak me out! At the same time, they totally make me laugh, especially the bashers who come up with thiings that don't exist.
Majandra, what do you think you have in common with your character?
Majandra: Nothing. We both can sing.
Is Brendan Fehr taken? If not, can you ask him to marry me?
Majandra: [Laughs.] You'll have to ask him yourself.
Would you want to do a Buffy-type musical episode if you could?
Majandra: No, I hate to sing on the show. I don't like being fed the kind of music I have to do. But if it were just Appleby singing for an hour, I'd be behind it all the way.
Majandra, have you ever considered going to other parts of the world with your music?
Majandra: I hope I have the opportunity to. I hope and pray I can. Acting is a money thing, but singing is my priority.
Roswell Beauty Lies About Age
Actress Majandra Delfino lied about her age to get on hit sci-fi TV series Roswell. The beauty who plays Maria Deluca on the program was just 17-years-old when she auditioned for the role but told the director she was 18. She says, "I had just done a movie where I was treated as an adult - there's this legal thing that if you're six months away from your 18th birthday and it's the summer, you can work as an adult or something." Majandra's deception only came to light when she asked for a studio tutor in her contract.
Roswell's Majandra Delfino is out of this world in answering this edition of The WB Questionnaire.
Describe where you are right now.
In my bedroom of purple and green velvet.
Where do you find paradise?
In the water of a placid warm bay.
Which living person do you admire most?
What quality about yourself would you like [to] improve?
My bad judgement of personality.
If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Whole milk or Filet Mignon I can't decide which though.
What is your biggest complaint in life?
Malevolent people who pose as something different.
If you could be any fictional character who would it be?
"Rose" of Sleeping Beauty.
Name your greatest achievement.
Writing my favourite songs.
Name your greatest failure.
Dating ALL the wrong people somehow - quite a knack really!
What quality do you value most in the opposite sex?
The respect they automatically get and how imperious they are. Being amused by throwing a ball back in forth sounds so simple minded. Yet when you ask a man how it much be having such basic and vapid thoughts he'll answer you, with a straight face, that it's what comes along with being a genius. I value that.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it say?
Here lies Majandra Delfino. Ahead of the game, and not too happy about it. Pray for her or else kindly step off her patio, you're just blocking the sun now... tell all our friends and thank you for coming.
Majandra Delfino: One on One
The toughest thing for 19-year-old Delfino about becoming famous wasn't catching a big break, it was just getting to Hollywood.
Because while the future Roswell star knew she had the chops to make it as an actress, she had a tough time convincing her parents. Finally, after plenty of pleading, they let their little girl leave her Miami home for a six-month shot at Tinseltown, figuring she'd be back in short order.
But Majandra had other ideas. Within 60 days, she had an agent and her first film role, in Zeus and Roxanne. Then came a role on Tony Danza's eponymous short-lived sitcom and the part of Maria on Roswell. Now, she's got several movies under her belt--and more in the works.
While she has overcome real-life obstacles, her Roswell character still hits lots of bumps in the road. Her on and and offscreen love Brendan Fehr plays Michael, an alien being chased by the FBI and evil aliens. And now, a new girl, Courtney, has eyes for her guy. Whew!
Majandra, the nickname given to her by her sister (she won't reveal her real name), was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Miami as a toddler. She is best friends with Samantha Gibb (the daughter of Bee Gee Maurice Gibb), and together they formed the band China Doll. They still perform on special occasions.
Q: How has your family reacted to your fame? Have they been super supportive, or do you see any jealousy forming between you and your siblings?
My family is really cool--especially my older sister, who is so happy to see me finally doing something productive.
Q: What is it like working with your boyfriend all day? Does this ever cause any problems? And what do you think of his tattoo?
Brendan is my very best friend, and naturally, working with your best friend is great. I love his new tattoo--though I may have been the bad influence. I would like to apologize to his mother.
Q: Michael and Maria are my favorite Roswell couple. Please tell me they get back together in season two--he said he loves her, how can they not?!
I ain't giving anything up.
Q: What's a storyline you'd like to see happen? What has been your favorite episode?
I'd like to find out that Maria is a vampire and her dad is really Lestat.
Q: You have such a cute smile and laugh. Where are you ticklish the most, and do you like being tickled?
I am ticklish everywhere. Sometimes I like to be tickled, sometimes I don't. It depends on who's doing the tickling.
Q: Do you believe in aliens?
Q: Who do you think is your cutest male costar?
It would be a tie between Desmond Askew (Brody) and Brendan.
Q: I love your hair. After seeing the season premiere with your long hair, I had to do a double take. Who's that gorgeous actress? Wow, it's Majandra. Who picks your wardrobe? Do you have any input? You seem to have great taste.
The lovely Mimi Melgaard picks all of our fabulous wardrobes. Working with such a talented (and beautiful) broad leaves no need for any of the cast's input.
Q: I've heard a few of your songs online, and I think they're quite brilliant. Are you releasing anything soon? Your lyrics are inspiring!
Yes, I will be releasing a CD online very soon.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring actresses such as myself?
Find a good support group and strengthen your self-worth, because it's all pretty much a fight against constant rejection.
Q: How far ahead do you get the scripts?
Three or four days in advance, and that's when I study.
Q: If you could visit one time period in history, what would it be and why?
The late '60s and all of the '70s. The peace, the love, the happiness and the Beatles.
Q: Hi, Majandra! I love your work. You are one of my role models! How has being in Roswell changed your life?
Roswell has changed my life because of all the amazing people I now know and can't get enough of.
Q: What do you think about Brendan's statement that he still wants to be virgin?
I love being a virgin, too. My thoughts are: It is harder for a girl to keep her virginity, because men put so much pressure on you, while boys get patted on the back for waiting.
Q: Three months ago, I cut off all my hair. Big mistake. Now, I'm in the process of growing it out. I saw your hair grow during this season, and was wondering how you got through the in-between stages? My hair is driving me crazy!
Whatever you may be feeling, don't cut it!! That's my advice on growing it out. Work with what you've gotten yourself into.
Q: Has Brendan's statement that he's waiting until marriage to have sex affected your relationship? Do you both appreciate and trust each other more, and are you more comfortable with each other because of sex not being an issue?
I'm only 19! Sex is not an issue.
Q: How fun is it making Roswell?
Q: How's the recording going? Will all the tracks be as hauntingly beautiful, yet admittedly dark, as "Siren," "Bruised" and "Tattoo"?
I promise beautiful things.
Q: What films are you doing? Any dramas? Comedies?
I finished Traffic about two months ago. It's definitely a drama. The subject is drug trafficking.
Q: I just wanted to tell you, your hair looks gorgeous long and curly. I don't know how your hair could have grown so fast, though--are you wearing extensions?
The powers of the little green people were on my side.
Q: What brands of cosmetics are used on the show? Everyone always looks so polished. The lip colors are always fabulous.
We use pretty normal stuff, ranging from Mac and Stilla to Bobbi Brown and Shiseido. I use a lot of Shiseido products.
Q: What do you like to do when you're not taping?
I like to sing, paint and make music.
Q: Your name is very different. Where does it come from, and what does it mean--if anything at all?
My name was made up by my sister from my given name; it kind of stuck.
Q: What type of music do you listen to?
Björk, Nine Inch Nails, Fiona Apple, the Beatles, the Beastie Boys, Poe, Pantera and Black Sabbath.
Q: Okay, everyone wants to know: What kind of boyfriend is Brendan? Sweet? Spontaneous? Romantic? What is the nicest, sweetest or most romantic thing he has done for you?
Brendan is a great person to be friends with. He's fun like a sleepover party.
Q: Do you ever tease each other about who is the magazine-cover sex symbol of the week?
No. It's obvious that it's me! I mean, hello?! No, I'm totally kidding--I'm definitely not the "pretty" girl on this show, so if there is ever any argument, I head to craft services to get me some food.