Valeria Jauregui Stars As Maggie Hollister In Fox’s Hit Series, “Deputy”

Words + Interview By Lucky Smith 

Valeria Jauregui is a talented young lady who stars as Maggie Hollister on Fox’s hit series, “Deputy”. She and I talked about her experience on the show, working with Stephen Dorff, competing on “La Voz Kids USA” and how she is keeping herself busy during quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can currently be seen on Fox’s hit series, “Deputy”. Tell us about the show and your role as Maggie Hollister.
Deputy blends the spirit of a classic Western with a modern-day attitude and emotionally driven, visceral storytelling. Featuring an ensemble of ambitious and complicated human beings who won’t rest until justice is served, Deputy brings a gritty authenticity to the modern cop drama.

My role as Maggie has been really fun to play because she is sweet, sarcastic and very caring. We like to joke around on set about how she is the most understanding 14-year-old there ever was. Playing her is challenging in a sense where I have to keep in mind that still, she is way younger than me and being 14, you think you know everything when you don’t. 

Stephen Dorff has had some longevity as an actor, starting when he was very young as well. Our editor says that one of his favorite films that Stephen was in was “The Gate” (1987). What has working with him been like?
It’s awesome. Stephen is so sweet; we are always joking around with whatever is happening in that episode with our relationship as father-daughter; in the episodes where I have a boyfriend, he would always come up to me and be mad and act overprotective as a father would. He would give me some advice here and there when I had a scene with him. I learned a lot from him!

What has been some of the standout moments while filming? 
Anytime we had a horse in a scene was a fun experience. In episode four, there is a scene where we are in a barn and while shooting that, the horse we had in the background stuck out his head out and peeked at the camera. We were laughing about it for a while and it ended up being put into the episode! Go watch it!

What was it like competing on “La Voz Kids USA”?
Still, to this day, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I spent most of my 7th grade year in Orlando filming the show. The experience taught me a lot of things that I still carry with me today. Vocal discipline, like not drinking milk or eating anything dairy that would cause mucus to keep a clean throat, getting enough rest every night to be able to wake up to our 5:00 am vocal training classes. I learned essential things like breath control, choreography and how to handle a mic. I still keep in contact with my closest friends from the competition. I have dear memories from it that I will never forget. 

Who/What inspires you and why?
I get inspired a lot on the daily by many different things and people. My family members inspire me because they are all very wise and hardworking. As for celebrity inspirations, I’d say Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Caitlin Stacy, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey and so many more actors and actresses, directors and musicians.

Tell us about the Holy Mother of Makeup Movement.
The launch of the Holy Mother of Makeup brand marks the first time a campaign showcases and embraces the uniqueness of Latinas including different body types and skin tones. It brings them together for the common goals to empower each other and celebrate their uniqueness while all utilizing the same HMM Divine Intervention eye shadow palette. They are also vegan and cruelty free!

Do you have any upcoming plans involving music?
I am working on writing right now but definitely hope to release an EP maybe in the next year or so!

How do you feel about the COVID-19 pandemic? Also, what are some of your peers saying about it? 
I feel it is a terrible thing and staying home is vital to help it go away. My friends agree with me so we are all social distancing right now. Stay safe, wash your hands, wear masks if you need to go out to get food and stay updated on the situation.

What are you doing to cope while quarantined?
Well, doing school of course. I’m also taking the time to do a whole bunch of stuff I’ve wanted to do for a while. Painting, reading, writing songs, playing guitar, watching classic movies I haven’t seen, cooking, learning to drive, etc. Honestly, there is so much stuff to do at home and I still have days where I feel like there is nothing to do. That is normal and I think it is okay just to do nothing some days too!

Are you binge watching any shows? Also, what is the first thing you plan to do once this is all over?
Rick and Morty…it is such a funny show! I’m also watching all of the movies that have won Best Picture at the Oscars. When this is over I am going to see my friends!

Lastly, how can people find you on social media?
I am on Instagram @valeria_jauregui.

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