I chat with the amazing actress Justina Adorno, who can be seen on ABC’s Grand Hotel premiering on June 17th, where she stars as Yoli, the daughter to Gigi.
Executive produced by Eva Longoria, the series which is loosely based off of the Spanish series “Gran Hotel”, follows the extravagant lives of the Mendoza hotelier family comprised of the charismatic ‘Santiago Mendoza’ (Demián Bichir), his glamorous second wife, ‘Gigi’ (Roselyn
Sánchez), and their adult children. The hotel’s loyal staff and patrons round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. ‘Yoli’, played by Adorno, is the kindhearted spitfire daughter of ‘Gigi’ who is constantly compared to her thinner and more beautiful twin sister ‘Carolina’ (Feliz Ramirez). She is used to being called ‘Gordita’ by her family but isn’t afraid to stand up to prominent guests who try to do the same.
Born in the Bronx, NY, Adorno got her elementary education as a student in Catholic school where she developed the understanding that the world was based on storytelling, either in a religious or a non-religious way. As a pre-teen she moved with her mother to South Carolina and attended a magnet program for acting called PCA (Palmetto Center for the Arts) where she fell in love with theater and later auditioned and attended South Carolina Governor School for the Arts and Humanities to fully begin her pursuit in acting. She attended Coastal Carolina University, graduated with her BFA in Acting and moved back to NYC. While in NYC, Justina booked a couple of national commercials and appeared in NBCs 2016 Diversity Showcase. She landed a few roles, one of them being the crime drama Netflix series, based on the Russian film The Major, “Seven Seconds,” where she played ‘Jasmine,’ a reoccurring role.
Justina is a woman who fuels, drives, and propels game-changing vegan and animal-rights initiatives. She leads a purely vegan life and prides herself on being a fantastic chef. While living in NYC, she volunteered at local animal shelters and organizations such as Little Wanderers NYC and Animal Lighthouse Rescue NYC. Although a plant-based diet might seem daunting, her Instagram account @justinaveganjourney – shows how there’s inspiration everywhere by showing how creative a vegan diet can be. She now resides in Los Angeles with her cats Catsby and Penni and enjoys painting, poetry, writing music and anything involving interior design.