Herizen Guardiola spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL forward of the ‘American Gods’ finale about how the function of Oshun was a ‘step in the suitable path’ for her.
Herizen Guardiola made her debut as Oshun, the spirit of affection and fertility, in American Gods season 3. For Herizen, Oshun and the Orishas weren’t new territories for her. HollywoodLife chatted EXCLUSIVELY with Herizen about her expertise embracing the function of Oshun.
“Oshun is somebody that has at all times been in my life,” the actress advised HollywoodLife. “I used to be raised being made absolutely conscious of the Orishas and simply respecting the area that they’ve or that they maintain in our world.”
Herizen famous that taking over the function of Oshun was a “no-brainer” for her. “The function got here to me, and it got here on the excellent time,” she defined. “It simply made plenty of sense for my profession to take this function. I hadn’t watched something, however after getting the function I did. I watched the primary episode and was like, whoa, that is heavy.” She famous that Oshun was a “step in the suitable path for my profession.”
The Dare Me actress admitted she was “positively a bit intimidated” by the function. “Filming with Yetide [Badaki] and figuring out her character, I needed to positively carry it and empower and be absolutely embodied within the function of Oshun. In preparation, I did plenty of meditating and grounding in an effort to carry that vitality of energy on stage. I listened to plenty of various kinds of music that form of moved me, like Asian Indian flute that form of assist me transfer my physique. I did plenty of dancing, after which others have been Cuban African drumbeats. I used to be listening to that in my earphones on set virtually the entire time in between takes. I’m very music-oriented. It absolutely places me within the temper and the character and vitality that I have to carry, in order that was one other means that I ready for it.”
Herizen’s journey taking part in Oshun on American Gods was stuffed with many “lovely” moments. “I’ve at all times been actually related to spirit, and the Orishas have made their means into my life at a really younger age, so it was form of simply me reconnecting to what I already know,” Herizen stated. “That was actually lovely. I had some actually lovely moments with my mother as a result of she is aware of all about that.” The American Gods finale will air March 21 at eight p.m. ET on STARZ.