Masiela Lusha plays the part of Carmen Lopez, George's daughter, on the series.
|Born||October 23, 1985|
|Occupation:||Actress / Model|
|Spouse(s):||Ramzi Habibi, 2013-present|
|Appeared on:||George Lopez (TV series)|
|Appeared as:||Carmen Lopez, George's daughter|
|Episodes appeared in:||101 in series, Seasons 1-6|
Masiela Lusha (/ˌmɑːsiˈɛlə ˈluːʃə/; born on October 23, 1985) is a female actress known for portraying the role of Carmen Lopez on the ABC comedy series, "George Lopez." Lusha is the only Non-Latino member of the main cast.
Masiela was born in Tirana, Albania and is the only child of Max and Daniela Lusha. Her first name is a merging on her parents' first name. In 1990, Masiela and her family left Albania and resided in Budapest, Hungary, and Vienna, Austria where Masiela studied ballet and art.
Masiela and her family moved to Michigan when she was 7 years old. At the time, she was reportedly learning English as her fourth language. Masiela later admitted that becoming fluent in four languages in such a short period of time caused her to have a difficult time understanding assignments in school. Masiela is said to have credited her English teacher, Mrs. Presta for restoring her confidence by encouraging Masiela to recite her poems to the class.
While residing in Michigan, it is reported that Masiela enrolled in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and cheerleading. She was also reportedly voted captain of the cheerleading squad at John Muir Middle School. During that same year, Masiela won first place in her school's talent show for performing a tap dance routine to the song, "Cotton Eyed Joe." After performing in various local theater plays, Masiela soon realized her calling was to entertain.
When Masiela was 12 years old, she began a modeling career in Michigan. After a few months of professional modeling and acting in local theater plays, Masiela was discovered by a Hollywood talent agent who held an open call in Detroit. It was later reported that at the end of the mass audition of over 600 children, the agent narrowed down his list to 3 kids and selected Masiela as his client.
In 2000, Masiela made her TV debut with a guest appearance on "Lizzie McGuire" and during that same year, she appeared in the film, "A 'Father's Love." A year later in 2001, Masiela was handpicked from over 2,000 actresses to portray the role of Carmen Lopez on "George Lopez." Masiela won two Young Artist Awards for "Best Leading Actress in a Comedy and Drama" for her role as Carmen Lopez.
Masiela was also the voice of Nina on the PBS Kids show, Clifford's Puppy Days in which she received a Young Artist Award nomination. At the end of the 5th season of George Lopez, Carmen moved to Vermont to attend college. In 2007, George Lopez stated that the character of Carmen Lopez was written off the show due to creative differences, but Masiela has yet to confirm the reason why she left the show.
Since leaving George Lopez, Masiela guest-starred on a 2006 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and has appeared in the films, Time of the Comet, Muerte, and Blood: The Last Vampire." In 2012, Masiela completed production for the upcoming film, Orc Wars. After transitioning into film, she had her breakout role in Sony Picture's Blood: The Last Vampire. Lusha also starred alongside David Hasselhoff and Ian Zeiring in SyFy's television movie Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.
In 1999, Masiela wrote her first book of poetry entitled "Inner Thoughts." The book made Masiela the youngest author in the world to write a book in two languages by the Michigan press. Soon after that, Masiela was recognized as one of the Top 10 Talented Poets of North America for her published work and also earned recognition from former President Bill Clinton.
Since then, Masiela has written three more poetry books: "Drinking the Moon," "Amore Celeste," and "The Call." In 2008, Masiela wrote a novel called "The Besa."
In 2010, at the age of 24, Masiela published two children's books entitled Boopity Boop! Writes Her First Poem and Boopity Boop! Goes to Hawaii.
Masiela graduated from high school at the age of 15 and attended Glendale College in Southern California. She graduated with an AA degree and transferred to UCLA as a junior at the age of 18. While attending UCLA, Masiela majored in Creative Writing. At the age of 23, Masiela founded Illuminary Pictures and has since wrapped two films under the company name.
Masiela currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She is involved in various family-oriented charities, is an animal rights enthuisiast, and the patron of the 1736 Family Crisis Center. Since 2004, Masiela has been the Ambassador for Scholastic's "Read for Life" program. In 2006, Masiela founded the Children of the World Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that offers food, shelter, and education to families in deprived conditions.
She is currently married to financer Ramzi Habibi, whom she wed on December 28, 2013. 
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- Masiela Lusha article at Wikipedia
- Masiela Lusha at the Internet Movie Database
- Seven Questions with Masiela Lusha at Sitcoms on Line blog site
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