The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Sonia Rockwell: Getting paid to play sounded like the best idea in world! Sign me up!
TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?
SR: I absolutely adore Reese Witherspoon! She can be serious, cute, corky, dorky, and just plain adorable! I have really enjoyed watching her career.
TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?
SR: Honestly, any cartoons. I loved cartoons growing up. I didn’t really watch a lot of regular TV as a kid other than cartoons. Then of course…there were “Friends,” the “X-FILES,” and “MacGyver”!!!
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
SR: It’s funny, I get asked this question a lot! Live in the moment! Like children, they don’t worry about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, they just enjoy the present. I find happiness in living moment to moment.
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
SR: Yikes! The worst advice, hmmm, I can’t remember…maybe I didn’t take it! Haha
TDQ: Who are your influences?
SR: My Mother is my absolute biggest influence. She’s a walking angel, she has more love in one person to give than I have ever seen. Truly a selfless woman, she was a successful Biochemist, and at one time a flight attendant. She is just a big bundle of love. I admire her so much, if I could be half the woman she is I would be proud.
TDQ: Tell us about your work on your latest movie, “The Bounce Back” and upcoming series, “American Crime”.
SR: In “The Bounce Back” I play a Chicago talk show host. Shemar Moore and his love interest battle it out in their opposing views of getting over love on my talk show. We had fun with it, and played a lot with improv. It was a lot of fun and we had a lot of surprises. “American Crime” will be airing soon, unfortunately I can’t say too much about it, other than working with Felicity Huffman was an honor.
TDQ: You’ve also appeared on the reboot of “MacGyver.” What was it like working on an updated version of such an iconic show?
SR: Oh my gosh, it was a dream. I actually remember my parents watching the original series, so I was stoked to get to play on it. My character is from Portugal and I got to speak Portuguese and had a real thick Portuguese accent. It was fun working with George Eads again, we did an episode together on “CSI,” playing totally different characters. We had a blast.TDQ: What other projects are you working on next?
SR: I play Jenny McCarthy on Mike Judge’s new show “History of the World…For Now.” It’s pretty silly, you learn about pop culture in an almost “Saturday Night Live Style.” I love comedy, it’s so much fun, and of course, Mike Judge is a legend!
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
SR: In five years I’m still going to be acting on TV and in film and by then I’ll have the TV show I am currently writing finished. It’s a comedy and that will be in the works to make its debut! I’m so excited, I can’t wait, I love writing. And I’ll definitely have my pilots license in the bag, so then, I’ll go flying!