Utica native Theresa Moriarty talks about starring in 'Made in Chinatown' which is due out May 11th

Leading actress in new movie set to debut on May 11th called 'Made in Chinatown' is originally from Utica.

Posted: Apr 30, 2021 6:32 PM

Utica native Theresa Moriarty talks about starring in 'Made in Chinatown' which is due out May 11th

Utica, N.Y. - A new movie is set to come out on May 11th called 'Made in Chinatown', starring Tony Darrow of Goodfellas, Vincent Pastore of the Sopranos, and Theresa Moriarty, originally from Utica.

Moriarty, a 2006 graduate of Proctor High School now living in New York City, is home for a few days visiting her family in Utica and she took time out on Friday to talk to News Channel 2's Gary Liberatore about her new film and her career up to now.

In 'Made in Chinatown', Moriarty plays a character named Tina Di Pocco, a nice Italian girl from Little Italy in New York City, "Off of Canal Street you have Little Italy and you have Chinatown, and our writer grew up in that area and always wondered what would happen if these areas crossed. So he wrote about Vinnie Chow, played by Jay Kwon, kind of crossing over to the Italian side and really wanting to try to become in the Italian mafia so we have Tony Darrow and Vincent Pastor from the Sopranos and then all the guys that play the Chinese mafia are all real Kung Fu masters. I am the girl that Vincent Chow is after."

Moriarty says this is her first leading role after playing smaller roles in a number of other films over the past ten years.

After college in New York City, Moriarty starred as Liz Taylor in a show called Beauties which ran for 16 weeks at the Susan Batson Theatre along Times Square.

Her voice is also very active off screen as she has had a number of voice over performances as well, "For Macy’s, any of the commercials are currently my voice and I’ve done in the past, Folger's coffee and all kinds of things."

Moriarty's latest venture, stand up comedy, "I have always wanted to try stand up. I would watch stand up and be simultaneously in awe and scared to death. Once I did it a couple of times, I really realized that that fear so quickly turns into excitement. I am mostly at the Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, and a comedy festival virtually in June."

Moriarty grew up just a block away from Proctor High School and looks back at her time in High School with very fond memeroies, "Walked home to Nonnie's house across the street for lunch, over to Parkway, absolute proper Proctor High School experience."

Now Moriarty can't wait for her family to see her as a leading actress, but she says she wants everyone to know the acting business is a tough business, "The difficulty of the business, as any actor or performer knows, is there’s really no guarantee. One day you’re on top and the next day you’re waitressing again are you bartending again. There’s no shame in that, it’s always like...figure it out."

Moriarty says there are several ways you can view 'Made in Chinatown' when it's released on May 11th, "We have a cable and streaming distribution so it'll be on demand on cable channels and also be streaming so Amazon, iTunes, Fandango, any of your digital platforms will have the film. The story I think will resonate with so many people, it's so funny and so silly and so much fun to watch."

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