Julia Mayorga is the actor who so fiercely portrayed Lee English in every episode of “American Rust.” And if you’ve seen her at work in the series, you know her supporting turn is one of the legit highlights of the entire nine-episode run. But don’t feel bad if you had no idea who Julia Mayorga was prior to her “American Rust” appearance, because not many people did.
In fact, Mayorga earned just her second screen credit for portraying Lee Morgan on the series. As for Mayorga’s first screen credit, it came for her role in “It Is Decidedly So,” a 2018 short from the minds of Michel and Olivier Gondry that’s essentially a 31-second ad for Park MGM Casino in Las Vegas. While it’s a suitably whimsical affair for a project fronting the name Gondry, the super short-short really didn’t give Mayorga much of a chance to show off her talent. Thankfully, “American Rust” finally came along and put that talent front and center for a wide array of viewers.
Mayorga is clearly seizing on her “American Rust” moment as well, having already lined up her next gig, which will find her appearing in the indie drama “Rare Objects.” That film will also find Mayorga working with Derek Luke and Katie Holmes, who’s making her directorial debut with the film. And after that, well, the sky is truly the limit for the supremely talented Julia Mayorga.