Popular Girl: Karrie Martin
Feb 27, 2020
Meet Popular Girl, Karrie Martin. If you don’t know who Karrie Martin in then you’ve been living under una roca… or at least not on Netflix. Karrie stars as Ana Morales, a queer Chicana artist from Boyle Heights navigating life while trying to save the family store.
Karrie is hilariously funny, charismatic, and we can’t wait to see more from her!
We had the chance to sit down and talk to her about her character, her hometown, and her fashion line, Martin Avenue.
1. Tell us about your character Ana and Gentefied?
Ana is a powerhouse. She’s a queer artist from Boyle Heights who battles with conflicting issues such as family, love, community and her art.
Gentefied has been penned a love letter to Boyle Heights, but it’s more than that. It’s family, it’s real life day to day struggles, it’s questioning what you stand for while still trying to stay true to who you are. It’s for the dreamers, the ones who don’t feel valued, those who don’t feel seen.
2. How are you and your character similar? And how are you different?
Ana and I are so incredibly different. But that’s the beauty of it all. We come from such different backgrounds and upbringings, but that made me appreciate her and her community so much more. Our family life, our personal life, basically anything you can physically see is different. That said, she loves hard, she fights hard and family is the most important… that’s like me. She did teach me to stand in my power and be unapologetically myself. She’s incredible and I hope she empowers other women like she’s empowered me.
3. What does it mean to you to be Honduran?
To me, being Honduran means I am a product of the sacrifices my family made for a better life. My grandparents came to this country wanting more for their children and because of them (and what they did) I’ve always known I can do anything and be anything.
4. Tell us about Martin Avenue?
Martin Ave. started as a need to feed a creative void. My sister and I have always loved fashion and felt so at home around the world of this beautiful art form, so we decided to give it a go. It’s everyday wear for the everyday girl. You can take it from day to night and around the world. It’s chic comfort, with a touch of the south and Los Angeles.
5. If there was one thing from LA that you could take back home what would it be?
6. How important are the Saints on a scale of 1-10?
10! Who dat baby!!
7. We heard you’re a foodie. What are your top 5 foods and/ or restaurants?
2) Bread Pudding
3) Charbroiled Oysters
1) Meril’s – NOLA
2) La Scala – LA
3) Serendipity – NYC
4) Copeland’s – NOLA
5) Duke’s – Malibu
8. An embarrassing moment?
This hurts to type haha, but a painfully embarrassing moment was when I ate it on a Bird scooter. It wasn’t graceful, and in the midst of the fall/hit, a lady had the decency to stop and yell from her car, “That was such a good stop, drop and roll!”
9. Your proudest moment?
When I set the south regional squat record in my powerlifting weight class, my junior year in high school.
10. Tell us about your college experience?
It was THE BEST!! #GEAUXTIGERS – I’ve told this story before, but as I thought back as to how I got to where I currently am, I recall a moment before heading to my freshman orientation when I decided to change my major from pre-law to nutritional science. I changed my major because the only reason I wanted to be a lawyer was because I wanted to be like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde College was incredible. I was in the Phi Mu Sorority, I had season tickets to the football games, I stayed up late to study, I had the best of times with my girlfriends, and made the most unforgettable memories. When I go back for games I still get chills when walking the campus and entering Tiger Stadium.
11. How has your past experience helped you this far?
It’s helped me stay determined because I’m anything but a quitter. Even as recently as working in the casting office, I learned to let things go and just have fun. I’ve learned that I’m enough and I bring value.
12. Favorite Concert?
13. Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner?
Jesus, my grandparents (you get two for one), Nicholas Sparks
14. What does Popular mean to you?
I think popular means and/or is related to good character. Defined it would mean having integrity, positive values and a moral that promotes good behaviors. Someone one would look up to as a role model not because of who they are but because of how they treat others.
15. Can you tell us about any other projects you have coming up?
As of today, hopefully Season 2 of Gentefied! EVERYONE BINGE WATCH THIS AMAZING SHOW! That’s how we get a season 2
Keep up with Karrie on Instagram @KarrieMartin as well as on Twitter @KarrieMartin. To see more from Ana you can watch Gentefied on Netflix NOW and head to our Instagram @whatispopular to see five more questions with Karrie!
- Marvin Scott Jarrett