Frumpy Flakes interviews Angelita Aronce Sorensen
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Angelita Sorensen at a small comic con called Nerdtacular. She was one of the most engaging, energetic cosplayers I ever met. Shortly afterwords I had the pleasure of interviewing her and I found out she does much more than just cosplay.
Summarize yourself for us. How you got started.
I am Angelita Aronce Sorensen. I am a model, actress, VP of a charity. so I do a little bit of everything. I love to help empower women. Working with children and working with women are two of my favorite things to do.
You started modeling and acting later in life. What unique challenges have you faced?
My age and size. I’m not as full figured as regular plus size models or as tall. And I’m not 17 years old, coming out of high school.
If someone else would try to do what you do and start off later in life, what advice would you tell them?
My most important piece of advice would be to let people know that there will always be people that are negative and are gonna tell you you can’t do it. And they’re gonna give you every reason in the world why you can’t do it. You just need to prove them wrong. There is a niche for everyone. There’s even a niche for people who have severe cellulite! People make a lot of money! Have you ever seen those commercials? Where they will show someone who has really bad cellulite and then they use this product and then they show you the after. It’s actually two different people.
In your IMDB (Internet Movie Database) bio you mention your daughter encouraged you to model. How did that happen?
I’ve always worked full time my entire adult life. My husband was always gone because he’s in the military. So he was away and I would spend time with my daughter and always meet her at school and it got to the point where I could only rearrange my furniture so many times so I started getting cabin fever. One day when he was home we got into an argument because I was complaining he was never home. He started telling me I should find another job or hobby or something to keep me busy. At that point, my daughter comes into the middle of the argument and says, “Mommy, you’re so beautiful how come you’re not a model or an actress?” And we both looked at her and looked at each other and started laughing. At that time I had just turned 41. I thought it was a ridiculous notion. After everything settled and my husband left back to the border mission he was on, I got online and started researching. I answered a casting call for a voluptuous model. I thought if anyone’s voluptuous, it’s me! I ended up booking it. He paid me $25 for a test shoot and it turned into a full blown shoot! Things just kind of went from there.
How did you get into the acting?
One of the photographers recommended I open a model mayhem page. I didn’t know what Model Mayhem was. It’s a website where photographers, models stylists and anyone involved in the modeling industry in any way, shape or form can meet and connect on that page. You can post a casting, answer casting calls, and so forth. I received a message regarding a film called, Quieres Que Me Muera. It is an English film but it has a few Spanish subtitles in it. It’s a drama. It’s a really great film. I went to audition for the adult daughter. They looked at me and said, “No.” Initially I thought, “Oh my god, they’re already telling me no before I even open my mouth!” Then he said, “We’d like you to audition for the next door neighbor.” She’s a character that’s really only seen and doesn’t have any lines. The two main characters, the lady that has dementia and her husband who works at a hotel. The lady just watches everything. In her mind, she’s afraid her husband is gonna leave her for the next door neighbor. Well they said I brought so much to the table they offered me the position of set designer. I went and found props and they made my role as the neighbor a little more important and actually gave me a few speaking lines. I was actually really comfortable and really good at it. That was my first acting credit. Then I went ahead and started auditioning for more things.
What was your best and worst experience so far?
One of my best experiences was Golden Girls of Texas. I landed a feature role, one of the leads. Golden Girls of Texas is a cross between the show Golden Girls, which was the director’s favorite show, and the New Jersey Housewives. It’s about a bunch of women who are friends, who have a lot of money because they married well and have been divorced several times. I auditioned for the role of Sophia. I had to fight hard for that role because the director initially thought I looked to young for that role even though at the time I was 42 and the characters were supposed to be between 40 and 50. I had to really really convince her do this part and I did. I’ve seen some raw footage. It’s still in post, unfortunately. We all gave up a week of our time. We put in 12 to 14 hours a day on this film. That was one of my best roles! Worst experience. I don’t think any of my experiences have been bad. Some haven’t been completely positive but I’ve taken something and learned from every one of them. Probably when I booked a role on the latest Transformers film. They didn’t like the way I looked with the male character that they selected and ended up replacing me at the last minute.
But you had the chance to be a part of a major picture!
Have you seen it? There is a scene where their house is getting ready to be foreclosed. A realtor comes to bring a married couple to look at the house. I was supposed to be the female counterpart of that couple. I went to Austin, got fitting, got on set and did everything I was supposed to do. I was even hand selected by the director. I don’t know who selected the male counterpart because he looked more like my dad then my spouse! At the last minute they replaced me. They put in the baseball scene but ended up cutting that scene from the film. But I still have my credit because I was still there.
What would you say you learned from each experience?
Every time you work on something whether it’s a film, a modeling gig, something always seems to go wrong. I’ve never worked on anything that went absolutely perfect on schedule and went the way it was supposed to be. I’ve learned to be patient and more understanding. Not that I wasn’t already patient. Being the oldest of 6 kids, you have to learn to be patient. I had to improve my skills. I learned from more seasoned actors. I always took advice when it was given or offered. I was never too proud to accept advice or criticism. And when I say criticism…there’s a big difference between constructive criticism and someone just criticizing you just for the sake of criticizing you. People seem to forget there’s a difference. They take it personal when they shouldn’t. I’ve learned to get along with all kind of personality types. It’s been an interesting road. And I’ve only been doing going on 6 years this November.
Body shaming and plus size is a big subject right now. You do plus size modeling as well. What is your take on that whole subject?
A plus size model by industry standards and I quote industry standards is a size 6 and over which is ridiculous in my opinion. However, most companies who book or sign a plus size models…the industry standard is 5ft 10 or taller and a size 12 to 18. That is what your full figured models are. That’s why when you see magazine articles and you see “newest plus size model” and people look at her like, “What?” Because she’s toned and tall. She may not be very skinny or thin but she’s toned and curvy and yet they call that a plus size model. The average American woman is a size 14. They use to say well Marilyn Monroe was a size 12. Marilyn Monroe by today’s standards would have been a size 8. No kidding. Because US sizes changed in the 90’s. If you have clothes from the 80’s or earlier and you wore a size 10 back then and you wear that same size today, you’re clothes today would be a size 6. That’s why there’s such a difference in UK sizes. The UK never changed their sizing standards but the US did. Because women are very vain. A woman would be likely to buy a wear a pair of jeans that are a size 6 than a size 10. They’re willing to pay more money for a 6 when in reality no one sees the size of your clothes. It’s what looks good on you. I have a closet full of clothes ranging from size 6 to size 20 because it depends on the designer. It depends on when it was purchased and where. If you look at different designers and look at size charts you’ll see big differences. Even if we hadn’t changed our sizing standards they’d still vary in size. It doesn’t matter what size you wear, it’s whether or not it looks good on you and how it looks for your body shape.
A follow up question to that…What do you tell someone who is dealing with the whole body issue. A lot of women have issues with their bodies, what would you say to them?
If you’ve got stretch marks from having children, you’ve earned those stretch marks! You know, love yourself! I’m not saying be full of yourself, that’s a whole other subject. But love yourself and accept who you are. Dress appropriately for you. Dress in a way that when you look in the mirror you’re gonna like what you see. We are not meant to be perfect. From having children to injuries to surgeries, what ever it is, you’re body is giong to change. You’re body is not going to stay the same. We start aging as soon as we’re born. We age and that’s part of being human. You got to accept yourself otherwise you’re gonna just sit there and be ashamed of your body and how you look. We’re not meant to be cook cutters. Not everyone is supposed to look the same. Your vision of what’s beautiful may be different from someone else’s vision of beautiful. So you may look at yourself in the mirror and think, “I’m so fat. I’m so ugly.” And someone else may look at you and think you’re the most beautiful person they’ve ever. seen. You just have to accept who you are and what you were born with. You can enhance what you already have but that’s doesn’t mean you can’t accept who you already are and what you look like.
You mentioned you are a charity VP. Tell us about that and some of the work you’ve done in the community.
I am the VP for Nerds For A Cause. One of the biggest things that Nerds For A Cause does is help families and children. We help low income families, we help children with disabilities, children who have cancer and/or different diseases. We were helping a young man who has a very rare kidney disease and he’s on the waiting list for a kidney. One of the things that we do is put on these monthly bizarre and we put on these big conventions. They’re big by mall standards. We take up the entire mall and we give families the comic con experience without the comic con ticket prices. If you go to one of the big conventions say like Alamo City Comic Con. It’s a great convention! You got movies stars, The Walking Dead, you got big big names but you’re also paying big money to walk through the door. Say you have a family of five, even if you go on Sunday you’re talking at least $125 just to walk in the door. That’s not getting a signature from your favorite actor that happens to be there, that’s not meeting your favorite actor, that’s not buying food…that’s just to walk through that door. The conventions that we have in The Wonderland of the Americas Mall, they allow us to put on these conventions for free. We bring in vendors, we have cosplayers who come from all over Texas, sometimes we’ll bring in guests that might not be as big named but they still got a good resume and people know who they are. We bring in fun vendors with unique items. We provide all that for free. We give them the that experience without the cost of walking through the door. Obviously we have free parking and we take up pretty much the entire downstairs of the mall for the day or the weekend. We just had a big event called Lost in Wonderland and I dressed as the corpse bride. There were people coming from as far as Corpus just to take a picture with the corpse bride, not Angelita. Or to see some of the sets that Intrepid Productions brings in and they come from Houston. They brought in the set from Beetlejuice specifically the wedding scene with the 8 foot sandworm. Intrepid Productions brings in really cool, big sets. At Christmas time they brought in The Nightmare Before Christmas and they had Jack Skellington on stilts. They create film accurate sets. They’re costumes are accurate as well. They donate there time to come. The other things we do is fundraiser through calendars, via pictures with corpse bride, batman and other characters and we sell prints that artists have given us permission to sell. So with those funds we award scholarships. We just teamed up with the Southwest School of Art Summer Program and we are donating enough funds to sponsor 4 children (2 sets of siblings) to be able to attend the summer program. We are still raising some money so we can award a scholarship towards the School of Rock. They are a group of incredibly talented kids that come out and perform for us at our big events. They are our last performers of the day so we have a live band. We aren’t in front of TV cameras all the time. We don’t go out to the hospitals. Not to say those kids don’t deserve that. They are plenty of groups out there that go to the children’s hospitals, that are in front of the camera, that go do runs. We do everything here. We were able to donate money to give families in need. A lot of these families have a lot of pride so not every family we help we broadcasted. We are not about, “Hey look at me, look at us, look what we’re doing!” It’s more about let’s help people out, let’s donate to people who actually need it. Do we need the TV camera, absolutely not. Now when we did our calendar we were contacted by Daytime at 9. They brought us on to talk about the calendar and what we planned to do with the funds from the calendar. They want to come back and interview us again and put us on the air to highlight and showcase the children the benefit of our scholarships. We have our monthly meetings, bizarres and we dress up. Princess Day is coming up and it looks like I’ll be Pocahontas. Last Princess day I was a Latina Cinderella. All invest money in our own costumes. The charity doesn’t subsidize our costumes in any way. However, Intrepid Production will donate their time to help create our costumes.
So if you look up Nerds for a Cause, is there a website or anything?
Nerds for a Cause is on Facebook and we are working on a website soon. We definitely need to build our presence up in the community. We do have Facebook pages for our different major events. We have one for Lost in Wonderland, we have one for Monster Con, Mommypalooza, Sci-Fest, and one for Nerdtacular. Then we have a separate page called Big Bang Bazaar those are our monthly bazaars that we put on. We do costume contests and raffles and have people bring out their kids. We really involved the kids to participate.
With all the work you’ve done in the past 6 years what is your proudest moment? Something that sticks out to you the most.
It’s hard to narrow one moment because I’ve been very proud of almost everything I’ve done. I was told when I first started acting that I had a pretty face and that I was busty but the only thing I’d be able to do in the acting industry is to work in the adult industry. At that point, I set out to prove them wrong. When I was told that it gave me more fuel to no I’m gonna prove to you that I’m not just a pretty face with big boobs. Since then I’ve done comedy and I’ve done drama. I have a very small role in a movie called Symphony of Silence. Symphony of Silence it’s a film about bullying. I auditioned for the role of the mom. The director said we already made a decision. I’m sorry, it’s not you. But we love you so much. I know I didn’t quite look the part. It just wasn’t realistic because it’s not just about talent, it’s about being believable. The director rrote in a part for me after he had already finished his script. My character’s name was Ana. Basically my character’s son gets his jaw broke early on in the film by the bullies. My character goes after the bullies with a baseball bat. Even though my character’s name was Ana, everyone called me Bat Mama. The film won multiple awards. It won a huge award in Houston, one of the oldest film festivals in the country. To this day, people still call me Bat Mama and this was done years ago when we shot this film. It was a very hard watching this kid being bullied by his own brother and at school. My scene kind of help break that tension up and make people cheer and laugh. Even though it was a small role, people were so excited. I’m very proud of that.
I was also very proud to be crowned Miss Texas Plus Size Diva 2012-2013. I had competed the year before and came in first runner up. I took everything I learned from the first year and when I had competed the second year I brought it on harder. I worked harder and I ended up taking the title. I ended up winning a competition with Latin Connections and I was on the cover of Latina Connections Magazine 2013 issue. I’ve been on there and featured on Occhio Appello Magazine and a pictorial book Timeless Beauties all about women over the age of 40. I’m in another book called Curves and in that book there are a lot of very well known plus size models in the industry. I’m so very proud of that. I’ve been in like 4 different calendars. I’ve been published several times. I think probably the thing I’m most proud of is mentoring young ladies. I’ve had women call me in the middle of the night. Boyfriend issues, body issues, suicide issues and just life issues in general. I had a woman call me up that she was ready to commit suicide. I was able to convince her that life was worth living. She’s doing really well now. I think saving someone’s life out of everything is the thing I’m most proud of.
You’ve done so much already in 6 years, is there any more that you want or feel the need to do?
I’m realistic, I know I’m never gonna walk the runway in New York. I don’t have any dreams of going to California and being in all these major films. I’m happy staying local. I’m happy being able to have time for my family for the charity and still the modeling and acting. I’m the boutique manager of Pink Lightening. I’m happy staying local and keeping it real. Maybe if I were 20 and single and didn’t have a family to take care of then that’s something I would consider doing. I have a family and life here and I’m happy just staying local.
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