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15 Minutes With Paloma Nuñez

Paloma Nuñez is an actor, comedian and voice artist who has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards. She is a Screen Actor’s Guild award winner for her performance in Spotlight (Academy Award Winner for Best Picture). Starting this month, Paloma will be one of the newest cast members of the Second City Mainstage.

SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to?

PN: People’s opinions and points of view that differ from our own. Not just on the internet, but in life, who we encounter, in the newspapers.

What was the last series you binged on?

Insecure on HBO. An awesome series about women in LA. It’s great to see women of colour leading up a series and embracing the fact that we all have flaws.

One new thing you learned this year?

That our world is WAY more divided than I hoped, or believed. That we as a society have taken a HUGE step backwards when it comes to equal rights. I was devastated to discover that people wanted Trump for President. That Brexit could be possible. But maybe Rob Ford being elected was a telling sign.

What memory brings a smile to your face?

The usual: my wedding day, the day my baby was born. Just thinking of my son’s hugs. Watching my husband improvise. Swimming in the ocean at my grandparents’ beach house. Oh wait, you only wanted one?

What book/song/lyric is resonating with you right now?

Beyoncé’s lyric, “Sorry, I ain’t Sorry.”

Describe the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory.

All the songs my son makes up (he’s 2.5 years old).

Best advice you’ve been given?

Think in abundance instead of lack.

What is the best part of being your current age?

Giving less of a shit about what people think.

What word or phrase should we use more often? 

Maybe just EYE CONTACT.

What’s on your night table?

An iPad AND iphone (yeesh).

What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?

Visa.

Your biggest comedy pet peeve? 

Judgement. People trying to WIN the scene.

What trends are you loving right now?

RED LIPSTICK.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?

Madonna and then New Kids on the Block.

What do you love about Toronto?

It’s multicultural. It’s beautiful. I love the Toronto Blue Jays. The comedy community that holds you up and supports you. High Park. The amazing places to eat! It’s a world-class city, with shitty transit.

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