Masiela Lusha

American actress and author

Masiela Lusha (born 23 October 1985) is an American-Albanian actress, author, and humanitarian. Lusha rose to fame for portraying the passionate and rebellious character Carmen Lopez on the ABC series, George Lopez. As an award winning poet, Lusha published her first book of poetry Inner Thoughts at the age of 12 and has since written a total of seven books. Lusha's charitable work focuses on social issues such as children rights and education.

In the end we're all searching for our home, that one place where we belong.


Three elements of storytelling carry one vital philosophy– to offer universal insight, and many instances, hope and therapy to those who absolutely need it.
Children are translucent promises.
  • Poetry is a lyrical insinuation. Often, its melodic subtlety kisses the subconscious mind.
    • LaGuardia, Gina (October 2004). "Masiela's Musings". College Bound Teen (USA): p. 2.
  • If I cannot offer some relief to our world, if I cannot inspire our generation to join me, then I feel I am a complete waste of space. This constant fear of feeling irrelevant in our society has been the catalyst behind all my efforts and passions for as long as I can remember.
  • Acting is not a lofty performance; it is simply the source of becoming and existing transparently. Acting, I find, is the art of frothing to the surface every raw and honest emotion. The moment an actor pretends, he loses his audience forever
  • I feel it is our inherent duty as a humane society, above any intangible responsibility, to invest in our world's children’s potential, passion and confidence.
  • My children's books are written on the belief that every child has a talent and a passion. Each story unfolds into an adventure of nurturing that confidence until a passion blooms.
  • My mother's only wish was to start a life in America because America was the cradle of every promise and opportunity.
  • There’s a condensed softness about the Albanian people, and I’ve witnessed examples of their hospitality. Albanian blood runs through my veins and I am proud to call myself Albanian.
  • Although I was quiet as a child, I had this resistless passion inside of me–this need and hunger to create my own world. Poetry filled that void, and its words fed that vital necessity of ownership.
  • I would much rather sit, dimmed by inattention, and study the atmosphere and the silence and dance between people, but often times I’m not offered this privilege. The necessity for isolation, and the striving for attention is the only contradiction I find in being a writer and an actress.
  • All three elements of storytelling carry one vital philosophy– to offer universal insight, and many instances, hope and therapy to those who absolutely need it. To illuminate a combined and universal purpose, whether it be through the written word, the spoken word, or both elements incorporated into another element of truth. All exist to tell a story to the world.
  • I would like to see from women in this industry what I have had the privilege of witnessing for a decade now. Strength, conviction, and unapologetic sensitivity for the healing of souls.
  • While some mothers sing lullabies to their children, my mother read me poetry. And to this day, I associate my strongest and most insistent feelings with words lyrically organized on a page.
  • I would like my books to stand as a tool to unbind children from expectations of poetry because it should free the child to self-expression and exploration.
  • The soul that rides deep through our veins,
    Our red rivers, and smiles.
    This darling soul, as endearing
    As dead poets and countries.
    This restless soul that neighbors our hearts.
    A perfect torch that guides our flames
    To immortality.
  • Charity befriends the children—
    From us, through us, in us.

    Behind this door,
    Charity waits. Alone. Tolerant.
    With a smile as deep as your core.

    • "Charity"

Drinking the Moon (2006)

  • If I could I would kiss his wrists.
    If I had half the courage to face his pain.
  • You have marked your loyal entrance through water and sky,
    I cannot quite reach you, but by me you lie.
  • Sing your song, unforgiving siren,
    Part the curtain clouds with your faithful entrance,
    And clear your voice.
    Pour your song of milk onto this land of yours.

Quotes about Lusha

  • Masiela was a soft-spoken, gentle, and ethereal little girl with absolutely no tincture of rebellion in her make-up.
    • Lusha's kindergarten teacher, as quoted in 60 Minutes (2009)
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