City Island: Dominik Garcia-Lorido profile

City Island: Dominik Garcia-Lorido profile

New York-set family comedy drama family

Dominik Garcia-Lorido

16 August 1983

Los Angeles, America

The daughter of the actor Andy Garcia, Dominik grew up in LA and appeared as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III, when she was just 7 years old. Aged 12 she was cast opposite her father in the comedy Steal Big Steal Little, playing the on-screen daughter of his character. Having studied at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television, she then starred in Garcia’s directorial debut The Lost City, a love story set in Cuba around the time of the Revolution.

What’s she up to now
She’s currently acting alongside her dad in the indie comedy City Island, in which she’s a college student Vivian Rizzo, keeping a secret from her parents about how she funds her studies.

What she says about her childhood
‘I grew up on film sets and I had a ball. It wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun if my dad had been working behind a desk somewhere. I remember being on the set of The Godfather: Part III, and all the kids were running around and doing crazy things and Francis Ford Coppola just embraced that.’

What she says about: the real-life City Island
‘I’d never heard of the place before the film, and apparently a lot of people in New York haven’t heard of it, even though it’s in the Bronx. The first time I saw it was a day before the shoot. It’s so cute! It’s this little fishing village, which is a really happening spot at weekends.’

What she says about pole-dancing
‘The pole-dancing scenes I did in the film felt really weird, but then that’s what my character Vivian is feeling. She’s not enjoying herself, and she’s not smiling at all. I just wanted to get the scenes over with.’

What she says about her acting career
‘To me acting is all about hard work and talent. Once you get your first wrinkle, if you are a female actress nobody will care about what you look like – it’s all about what you can do.’

Interesting fact
She collects spoons. The very first spoon in her collection was bought on a childhood trip to London

City Island

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Raymond De Felitta
  • Written by: Raymond De Felitta
  • Cast: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Ezra Miller, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Alan Arkin

Pseudo-comic familial drama in the 'Little Miss Sunshine' mould leads through deceptions and misunderstandings to a tidily resolved ending. Along the way there is plenty to enjoy, including a fine humour and a real sense of writer/director's De Felitta's warmth towards his characters, plus an impressive cast that includes…