Louriza Tronco knows how to nail an audition.
The Sisler High School grad stars in the Disney Channel original movie Zapped, which premiered on June 27. Tronco, 20, landed the role of Yuki with an on the spot dance routine.
"It’s a dance movie, so they wanted to make sure I could actually dance and asked me to dance on the spot. I was like ‘OK.’ I played a song off my iPhone and just danced," said Tronco, on the phone from Vancouver.
"Luckily enough I was able to pull out one of my old solos, like ‘Alright, looks like we’re going to have some fun with this.’"
Tronco was well-equipped to deal with the dance request, having studied tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, not to mention her years at Winnipeg’s Ken Peter’s Dance Express growing up
Tronco, whose first professional gig was in a Rainbow Stage production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when she was 10, knows a thing or two about going all-out, as just pursuing a career in show business can be risky business.
"I obviously had my doubts," said Tronco about becoming an actor. "I think I found out when I had a massage therapy application in front of me as well as a cosmetic school application and I just looked at both of them and said ‘I can’t do this. This is not what I want to do. I think I just need to go and do something I actually want to do.’ I think that was the moment of ‘OK, I can do this.’"
In addition to Zapped, Tronco’s credits include TV movies My Life as a Dead Girl and My Boyfriends’ Dogs, as well as the upcoming film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Tronco also recently wrapped shooting on the Lifetime movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.
"I really enjoy being involved in other people’s stories," Tronco said. "Exploring a character and telling a story I think is what is most important about being an actor. Yes, there are awesome lights and sets but essentially everybody is there to tell a story. That’s why there are movie theatres and plays, and why they are still valuable to this day, because people love hearing and watching these stories."
Tronco said her parents Merla and Rene Tronco, as well as her older brothers RJ and Emmanuel, have been very supportive of her choice to pursue a career in acting.
"For their baby girl at the age of 17 to say ‘Hey, I’m going to move across the country and pursue acting’ is obviously a little nerve-wracking, but they know that this is what I need to do and I need to make a try at least," Tronco said. "So far it’s been pretty stellar. They’re very supportive and very proud. They’re the first people I call when I have an audition or book a part. They’re the first ones on my speed dial."