By Deyanira Martinez
The career of Lisa Vidal has not stopped and has been full of important characters and incredible performances in the past 30 years. This beautiful Nuyorican is the second lead character in the popular BET series “Being Mary Jane,” a drama television series, alongside the also popular actress Gabrielle Union.
Vidal plays Kara Lynch, a mother recently divorced who is Mary Jane’s boss and friend, “I think each one of our characters kind of represent women today, trying to have careers, to be self-sufficient, trying to have it all by showing the struggles of our characters as a Latina and a Black woman,” says Lisa.
The Hollywood industry is definitely taking note of seeing Latinas in a different light as professional and powerful women, pushing aside negative stereotypes. Lisa Vidal refuses to portray maids or prostitutes, knowing that Latinas can also play doctors, teachers, mothers, and provide an example and role models for the next generation.
Lisa started in the world of acting at the age of 14, when she was accepted to the prestigious High School of Performing Arts in New York. During her career, she has had the privilege of working with actors of the importance of Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange and Julia Roberts. Born in New York of Puerto Rican parents, the actress defines the status of a Nuyorican as “the perfect blend of Latinaness and Americanness so to speak. I love my people, my culture and I get the best of both worlds.”
The road of securing a career in Hollywood requires dedication and sacrifice, and when a woman is also a mother of 3, a wife and a role model for thousands of Latinas she needs a lot of support, focus and a true passion. “I am a very good juggler. Women are such amazing multitaskers,” but she attributes her success to being surrounded by good friends and having a family and a husband that support her unconditionally. “You know, I have my moments of guilt, but I always try to be at my best, to do my best, and my best needs to be enough.” “My children know I love them but I have to work and create a balance,” the actress explains, “but you also need goals for yourself, it makes you a better person, mother, wife and friend.“