Angelic Zambrana embraces playing out-there characters — especially if it’s a hot, sexy mess.
In the Brooklyn-set action flick “Bushwick,” starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow, the Astoria actress plays a party girl who’s hungover, high on weed — and oblivious to the fact that a second U.S. Civil War has broken out in her neighborhood when she initially appears on screen wearing little more than a flimsy robe over revealing red underwear.
She’s so out of it, she thinks the sounds of gunshots and explosions on the streets outside are caused by an upstairs neighbor playing video games.
“She lives in her vices,” says Zambrana, whose father is a Nuyorican from the Bronx and mother was born in the Dominican Republic.
“I had to figure out things I can do to create an energy for her. It was really fun.
“People actually thought I was really high on set,” she adds. “They were like, ‘You’re not smoking, are you?’ And I’m like, ‘No. That’s cheating. It’s not smoking. It’s called acting!'”
While “Bushwick” is an action-packed flight of fancy about a modern-day Civil War initiated by Texas’ attempt to secede from the Union, the plot can be seen as eerily timely considering how divided the country is under President Trump.
Beneath the wire-to-wire action and bits of humor, Zambrana believes the film, which opened Aug. 25, serves as a cautionary tale.
“What I would hope that (viewers) would get from it is that we don’t want to end up like what’s going on everywhere else,” she says, referring to civil wars currently taking place around the globe.
“The more time goes on, the more I realize, ‘Jesus, this can actually happen.’ “I remember before the movie came out, thinking, ‘Oh, my God. Are they gonna let this movie come out?’ Because (it’s about) America fighting itself. You hope that that doesn’t happen.”
Zambrana, who had a supporting role in the award-winning film “Precious,” has tasted success and failure in a business full of rejection. Still on the sunny side of 30, she’s played a conflicted gangbanger (“The Pastor”), an imaginary friend in a short, and a “crazy b—-,” she says, in a low-budget horror movie. She also had a small role in the HBO series “Girls” as a Salvadoran nanny.
“It’s easy to get discouraged when roles are hard to come by or movies you’re in don’t do well,” she says. “I don’t have a freakin’ plan B, because I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager,” Zambrana says. But, she adds, “I’m resilient. You can’t tell me I can’t do something. At all.”
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