Keyla Monterroso Mejia Praised for Portrayal of a Bad Actor in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
Keyla Monterroso Mejia is a fresh actress with a rapidly growing career. Despite playing a bad actress on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," she has a lot of acting tricks in reserve and does not get lost on stage.
Her career acceleration is a massive change; Keyla quit school in the middle of her junior year to pursue her acting dream. The actress would drive from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles to attend acting classes.
Keyla says she used to leave her house at 4 a.m. and, at times, would carry her blanket and pillow to sleep in her car. Her commitment and dedication finally bore fruit when she landed significant roles in films and TV shows.
Keyla Monterroso Mejia attends the premiere of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" at Paramount Pictures Studios on October 19, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Keyla Monterroso Mejia Rapidly Grows in Her Career
Keyla played Val in the short film "Growing Fangs," a series of productions featured as part of the Disney+ "Launchpad" series. The actress said she was picked from more than 1.000 applicants who had applied for the role.
The actress noted that they were given a budget and equipment and assigned paired with mentors from various Disney divisions. She indicated that she accepted the role when she heard that the studio had a new initiative to support and uplift underrepresented filmmakers.
"Growing Fangs" illustrates the problems of a Mexican American through a comedy about a teen girl who struggles to balance her human side with her vampire side. Keyla, who plays Val, transfers from a regular public school to a monster school, where she tries to fit in and keep her human side hidden.
In an interview, Keyla spoke about Disney including disclaimers about racist stereotypes in old films from its streaming library. She added that efforts for inclusivity have ramped up in the last few years, but they have yet to be without missteps.
Keyla is now taking her career to the next level. She signed a contract with the United Talent Agency, a global talent organization based in Beverly Hills, California.
She hopes that Disney delivers on the "launchpad" title, nurturing the directors for future opportunities, both in-house and out. Keyla is set to star as a series regular in Netflix's "On My Block" spin-off, "Freeridge."
Keyla Monterroso Mejia Brings Her Unstoppable Hilariousness to "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Keyla cemented her fame when she began dancing suggestively on "Curb Your Enthusiasm". She fascinated fans with her role as Maria Sofia Estrada, a wannabe actress. Her father bribes Larry David, who gives her a role in his show. In an interview, the actress stated that while on set, the moment she started dancing, Larry laughed:
"We had to do it a couple of times because he just kept laughing so much."
Keyla made a memorable impression in her first Hollywood role, and her performance earned her a lot of praise on social media. One fan said, " being paid to act like a horrible actress seems like a pretty good deal." Another said, "A show with bad actors is always the funniest.
The actress says that her role in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" opened up an opportunity for her to appear in the show "Abbott Elementary" where she takes the part of Ashley Gracia, a dedicated and passionate teacher.
Keyla Monterroso Mejia Signed a Contract with the United Talent Agency
Keyla is now taking her career to the next level. She signed a contract with the United Talent Agency, a global talent organization based in Beverly Hills, California. The company, established in 1991, represents artists and other professionals across the entertainment industry.
Keyla Monterroso Mejia shared the good news on her Instagram, thanking everyone who gave her a chance at "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She thanked her manager Sherry Kayne for always supporting her, adding that she feels respected as a person and an artist.