Emeraude Toubia: On her life-changing role on ‘‘Shadowhunters’’

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When Emeraude Toubia decided to make the move to Los Angeles to pursue her artistic dreams, she would certainly have never thought that her life would radically change shortly after. With her breakout role as the bold demon hunters Isabelle Lightwood on Freeform’s Shadowhunters, the 30-year-old actress has left her mark on Hollywood and won the heart of the audience with her passion and kindness. Three seasons and more than fifty episodes later, Emeraude closed the ‘‘Shadowhunters’’ chapter while taking away a loyal family and happy memories from it. Moving on to the next stage of her career, Emeraude is interested in showing everyone that she is versatile and can do different things.

It’s like a dream come true. I guess I was pretty lucky but it was a lot of hard work and I’m very focused

Born in Canada to a Mexican mother and a Lebanese father, Emeraude was raised in Texas with a multicultural heritage which taught her a sense of acceptance. ‘‘I feel pretty lucky to have the Middle Eastern and Mexican culture in my veins. It has just opened my eyes, to accept everyone as they are, and appreciate them as they are,’’ she says. Emeraude actually discovered acting when she competed in a beauty reality show. ‘‘It was like America’s Next Top Model, but for Spanish-speaking people in the US. I got cast in it and I made first runner-up. They would give us acting classes, and I just fell in love with acting,’’ she reveals

I have a big platform now, where I feel I have to be a positive influence for everyone that looks up to me. I think that is really important and I’m fortunate enough to have that

Becoming a well-known face amongst the Latin community, she did a couple of Spanish soap operas in Miami before figuring she would try the City of Angels to break into the English market. Three months later, she was announced to star in the television adaption of The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters. ‘‘It was like a dream come true. It takes years for some people here. I guess I was pretty lucky but it was a lot of hard work and I’m very focused. I’m always training.’’



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