Liana Mendoza is a fresh face rising this past year in Los Angeles! After having trained in martial arts and hand to hand combat, Liana began her career in the world of acting as a stunt woman. She was honored by Sag-Aftra and Senator Karen Bass for her works on G.I. Joe, Jimmy Kimmel, Crank 2 and Decisions. But more importantly, her volunteer work in the community.
Her first “acting break” was given by Master P (Percy Miller) as she starred alongside Katt Williams and Master P not as a stunt woman but this time in the TV Movie “Internet Dating” as Claudia. She went on to Guest Star on such TV Shows as Jimmy Kimmel and Bones. Appearing in “A Haunted House” with the slap heard round the world starring Marlon Wayans as the coke hoarding confederate of Rosa getting slapped upside the head and screaming Spanish profanities. She has joined the cast of the FX hit Emmy-award-winning show and franchise American Horror Story: Hotel
She grew up in a single-parent household in a neighborhood nicknamed “Frog Town” due to the vast quantity of frogs located in the area of Northeast Los Angeles with her brother Adam.
Mendoza credits her aunts Yvette Saucedo and Juanita Anguiano with being the biggest influence on her being able to have obtained her dreams, goals and success. “Their support was insurmountable and necessary for my success” she states.
By age 13 she began to study music and voice, was a member of the glee club choir and played saxophone and flute. She was voted class valedictorian and was invited to attend the prestigious Hamilton High School for Performing Arts.
Her studies continued long after high school with Acme and the comedy troupe The Groundlings. Mendoza, who is no stranger to the books, also obtained a degree in Psychology. Fascinated by the subject, she went on study hypnotherapy and eventually became a Hypnotherapist as well.
Trained professionally by “Vocal Coach to The Stars” ‘Seth Riggs’. Liana went on to perform in musical theater, including “Hell’s Too Hot” with music by ‘Janet Jackson producers ‘Jimmy Jam and ‘Terry Lewis. “working with them was an absolute honor”.
A woman and stranger to the songstress, by the name of Ru Diaz, saw Liana perform and invested in Liana so she would be able to continue to refine her studies in the arts.
Believing in the philosophy that that we all pass the elevator back down–in the words of Jack Lemmon–she involves herself in youth programs and charity organizations including Operation Smile, Sober College, Help as One, Every Monday Matters and Students Run LA, in which five at-risk youth ran the Los Angeles Marathon with her. Also the co-founder of Carbon Pipe Dreams which helps to preserve the planet.
You can see her in her next role in the movie, Mothers and Daughters with Courteney Cox and many more.