In this edition of Hoboken Girl of the Week, where we feature important ladies from Hoboken, we present Kyla Garcia: a woman born and raised in the mile square city who guest starred in the season finale of ABC’s Agents of Shield.
Hoboken’s own is set to star in her first self-written, one-woman show: “The Mermaid Who Learned How to Fly” which premieres at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June.
Born and raised in Hoboken, NJ, Kyla Garcia has been acting since the age of eight where she played her first role of ‘Lady Macbeth’ in a children’s adaptation of ‘Macbeth.’ Growing up, she often felt like the view of New York from Hoboken reflected her aspirations: a tiny city looking at a great big dream of a skyline. High Tech High School provided an environment for her to thrive as an artist, particularly under the guidance of Alex Perez. She is a BFA graduate of Rutgers University where she spent her third year studying Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London.
Kyla moved to Los Angeles, CA about two years ago to pursue her acting career. Since then, she has been featured in several productions and was the 2013 winner of Twinkie Byrd’s Monologue Slam for the Hollywood Black Film Festival.
Even though she currently lives in LA, Kyla speaks highly of her Mile Square hometown. So of course we had to ask her our standard HG of the week questions:
1. What is your favorite restaurant in Hoboken?
Does Favorite Deli count? Before I became vegan, Lisa’s Italian Deli was my number one. Their mozzarella is incredible and their cannolis are my favorite. If only there were a vegan version!
2. What is your favorite boutique in Hoboken?
Dor L’ Dor is the best boutique in Hoboken, hands down. I wish they had one in California!
3. What’s your favorite thing about Hoboken?
The view of New York City and getting to see so many people I love from my childhood when I come home.
4. What’s your favorite thing to do in Hoboken?
My favorite thing to do in Hoboken is walk! In LA, you are in your car for hours. When I go home I love getting to spend time with old friends, walking and enjoying Washington street and the view of Manhattan.
5. How long have you lived in Hoboken?
I was born and raised in Hoboken. I went to Calabro Primary and Demarest Middle School. I lived there up until high school then moved back after I graduated Rutgers University.
6. What is your favorite outdoor place to hang out in Hoboken?
I used to love jogging around the Stevens campus. It’s beautiful.
7. Where do you go out in Hoboken?
The Shannon. The bartenders are great and the dance floor is always a good time! It’s my go to place whenever I visit.
Wishing this Hoboken Girl the best of luck in her acting endeavors! Did you catch her on Agents of Shield?
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