Marianne Rendón, breakout star of Bravo’s third original scripted series Imposters, is about to steal your heart or become your new best friend. Rendón, a 2016 graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama, is a star on the rise. Understudy in the New York Theater Workshop production of David Bowie’s musical, Lazarus, and star of the independent film, Gemini, she is now breaking out into the television world in Imposters.
Marianne stars as Jules, a passionate artist left broken and cynical after her wife CeCe leaves her. Therapy and her art is where she turns to cope with the aftermath of her marriage. Just as time has placed a bandage on the pain, a knock on the door sends her into a spiral of conspiracy and revenge. CeCe is not the woman she thought she married.
Vital VOICE chatted with Marianne about the show, giving us the chance to ask her about the recent project and her budding resume.
So, tell us about Jules.
Jules is from a wealthy Connecticut family who always wanted to distance herself from that upbringing. She is an artist who wants to feel legitimate, have a sense of struggle per se. In New York City, she meets the love of her life, CeCe, a tough bartender. CeCe immediately leads the way in making Jules feel understood and validated as a talented artist who doesn’t have to care what other people think of her work. CeCe turns out to be a con artist and takes her for everything, leaving her high and dry. We meet Jules two years after she’s been conned and very close to getting over the trauma when these boys, who are themselves trying to track down their versions of CeCe, kind of uproot that entire trauma for Jules again.
What attracted you to this character?
I really related to her being a young artist, struggling for approval and legitimacy. She has a real neurotic and raw imagination, and I definitely relate to that. The way that she was written was so fun, different and interesting. Just the humor of the first scene we meet her in sold me right away.
Do you believe the stigma by playing LGBT characters is officially a thing of the past?
Absolutely. That is something that attracted me to the role. Those voices are being heard more and more and I think that if there is any opportunity to give them more power and more of a voice, that is really what I care about as an actor.
Tell me about your work on the Lazarus musical.
I was understudying Cristin Millioti in Lazarus, who is the female lead. I would have to say one of the coolest things I have heard in the past year is that, when I auditioned, they taped my audition initially in New York, and that not only did Ivo (von Hove) the director have to sign off on it, but that David Bowie himself watched the tape and hired me. So him doing that, being one of my greatest heroes and that we just lost him, was one of those things I will never forget.
What’s next for you?
I am really excited for the first season of Imposters to air. I can’t be in a better position – being right out of school – to see the range of work that Jules expresses on the show. It’s an amazing showcase for a lot of the actors on the show.
Any comments for viewers of the show?
Because everyone can relate to the different characters, I think initially people will relate to Jules because of her trauma and her neurosis. There are a lot of shifts in tone throughout the season. Not only is it incredibly funny in the beginning, but you see her very real, high stake, emotionally demanding experiences that will touch different parts of the audience.
Favorite karaoke song?
Kate Bush Wuthering Heights. Oh my god, you have to check out Kate Bush. That 80s hair!
Imposters is giving us a taste of what’s to come for Marianne Rendón. And for this true New York City native, we won’t have to be conned to love her.
Imposters airs on Tuesdays at 10/9c on Bravo. V
by Karla Templeton