She may be the daughter of legendary actor Andy Garcia, but don’t think for a second she’s not out to make her own way. Recently starring in the show Magic City, Dominik Garcia-Lorido has big plans for her career as she’s set to appear in the remake of Heat alongside Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara. We caught up with Garcia-Lorido to chat about what she’ll miss the most about her Magic City family, her first nude scene and her funny Playboy Mansion story.
Playboy.com: I’m so sorry to hear about Magic City! What will you remember most about the show?
Garcia-Lorido: For me it was mostly the cast, the relationships I formed with a lot of really strong people which I’m really grateful for, a lot of creative growth for me, getting to set every morning and seeing everyone in the hair and makeup trailer and goofing off. That’s going to be the thing that I’m going to miss the most. They were like a second family to me.
Playboy.com: Do you have a favorite memory from set?
Garcia-Lorido: Honestly when we would do the scenes with all of us in the room, like if we were in the ballrooms, especially our first date of shooting season one we shot the New Year’s scene with all of us sitting around the table watching a show, so we didn’t have a lot of dialogue. We were shooting that all night for hours and it ended up getting pretty silly. There was all of this weird stuff going on with the guy playing Sinatra and we were just laughing the whole time. It was the first time shooting together so we ended up bonding by goofing around. Those scenes were always so fun. They were long hours with nothing to do but sit [laughs] so those were really fun days when we got to goof around a lot off camera. We all have really similar senses of humor and are very comfortable with each other; there was this instant chemistry with each other.
Playboy.com: Are you the kind of actress that can watch herself on her own show?
Garcia-Lorido: I’ve watched it now. I’ve gotten better at watching myself, which is something; I was never able to do that. I won’t watch playback when I’m shooting, that just gets me too much in my head. The first time I watched something I remember being really overanalytical, thinking, “what am I doing with my face?!” [laughs] so then I have to watch it a second time like a normal person. I’ve gotten better at it, I used to really not be able to, but I just feel like I need to watch it like everyone else too, you know?
Playboy.com: In Magic City you appeared nude on film. Was it difficult for you? Or was it something that once you read the script it felt organic enough to do?
Garcia-Lorido: I had a no-nudity clause; I had never done any nudity before so that was something I knew that I wanted in my contract. We had this scene coming up when [my character] was losing her virginity and I knew that the scene was coming up, so we had meetings about it and how it was going to be shot. I actually shot more than what ended up being used. I showed my breasts and it was a longer sex scene that we shot, but for me I thought it was earned with the character, with the storyline, and I was very comfortable with the crew and the actor. If it makes sense and it moves the story forward, I’m fine with it. I’m personally fine with being naked in front of people—it’s not bad, it’s just that I think that nudity is used as shock value and it can cheapen the project. I don’t want to ever do it when it’s not necessary. When you’re watching it you shouldn’t be like, “Oh, breast! Breast!” you should be moved by it. When we shot it and there was the scene with my breast, they told me that they zoomed in on the shot and cut that out because it was actually distracting to the emotion behind it. I’m glad they did that; I would never want it to take away from a beautiful moment that was happening. I’m grateful for that moment that I was very comfortable with in that setting and that I was able to jump through that hoop and challenge myself in that way, so I’m ready for the next thing. I was very scared at first and once I did it, it was so not a big deal for me. And that’s the thing with the show; I’m really grateful for the show because I got to take risks in a very safe and comfortable environment.
Playboy.com: You have a background in theater and ballet, and you’ve been doing a lot of photo shoots lately; did you ever model?
Garcia-Lorido: I did a little bit in my early 20s just to make an extra buck. It’s hard to get work as an actor and I had been asked if I had because I’m really tall, but I just never was really interested. So I joined in the game kind of late when I was 23 and signed with an agency in town and went out on things. I never blossomed into anything that big and I never really wanted to pursue that. If I wanted to make a career out of it I probably would’ve moved out of L.A. to New York or Europe, but it was never anything I was passionate about. But it did help me for photo shoots, because I would always get really uncomfortable with those, so the modeling got me used to that. It teaches you how to pose and whatnot. It is an art in its way; you got to know your angles. I’m not one of those people who look good at every angle [laughs] but it did help me learn all of those useful tools. So I was waitressing and modeling and going on cattle call auditions for commercials because it’s hard to get film! So I just take what I can get. [laughs]
Playboy.com: You don’t have much of an internet presence. Is there a reason for that or is it something that’s just not interesting for you?
Garcia-Lorido: I had a Twitter for a little bit but I ended up getting in so many arguments on it regarding sports. I am a big Lakers fan so I’d get into a lot of heated debates with other fans. It just wasn’t working. [laughs] I remember thinking, “I got to get out of this!” And I get way too addicted to those things. I just can’t have them, I’ll be on them for absolutely no reason. I had two Instagrams because I had one, then I deleted it, then started another because I was always staring at it for no reason. I don’t have any of that stuff, I haven’t in a while.
Playboy.com: It always sucks looking back on Twitter arguments three hours later and realizing how stupid you sounded.
Garcia-Lorido: Yeah, and I have a big mouth and no filter so I just have no use being on those things.
Playboy.com: So did you just wrap Heat? I read that there was a major difference from the original film. Is it more based on the book or a different kind of script altogether?
Garcia-Lorido: I wrapped the first week of June. I honestly didn’t see the first film; I saw little clips here and there, but I think it’s just a lot of issues with the movie when it got made, the director left in the middle of the project, so it’s a lot more well done. It was a great cast, great director, very organized and that sort of thing. It’s William Goldman’s script and we stuck very true to the script, so it’s his words like it is in the first one. I’m sure there are some things that have been changed, like I saw one clip and noticed the same dialogue, but it’s a different era; before it was Burt Reynolds playing a part and now it’s Jason Statham. [laughs] I haven’t seen any footage of it yet though.
*Playboy.com: *What’s your favorite…
Worst pickup line: I don’t think I’ve been picked up by someone, I don’t know! Do people use pickup lines anymore?
Most embarrassing moment: In 10th grade I was on the varsity basketball team and we would practice right after the boys. I thought they were so hot, I had a crush on one of them, and they were changing out of their sneakers, getting their shit together to leave the gym while we are warming up. We would run back and forth from one side to the other and I remember just doing a light jog and I just ate it, like ate shit. You know that noise in the gym when you fall and it makes an echoey squeaky noise? It just filled the gym. So, light jog to falling on my face. I got up and everyone was laughing and clapping, so I sort of did a fist pump and was just thinking, “Oh my god, none of these guys are going to date me, I was so awkward.” I just remember being mortified.
First memory of Playboy: My second grade boyfriend, this kid who I was totally in love with in second grade, his dad was a photographer for Playboy, I just remember that about him. Only in L.A., right? I don’t remember who his dad was, but I just remember this kid who was totally my boyfriend and I didn’t really know what it meant. Only in L.A. you wouldn’t think it was weird. And when I went to UCLA I went to the theater department, which is right by the Playboy Mansion, and to avoid the meter parking all of the theater kids would park by the Playboy Mansion. So after class you’d just tell people you were parked at the Playboy Mansion like it wasn’t a weird thing. It’s so close, so why not? The meters would run out after an hour so no one wanted to park there.