5 Questions with “LOREDANA, ESQ.” Star Loredana Nesci
Loredana Nesci, star of LOREDANA, ESQ., digs into her past as an officer with the LAPD, her commitment to justice and her affinity for Rocky Balboa.
SundanceTV: You began your career with the LAPD. What made you switch from cop to defense attorney?
LN: The LAPD was always just a stepping stone for me. My goal was always to be an attorney. I detoured into police work to experience criminal cases from the ground floor. When I was a cop, I investigated crimes and arrested people. I acquired knowledge that my law books could never teach me. This past experience gives me an edge when dealing with clients and prosecutors, who experience crimes through the written words of police reports. I, on the other hand, have seen death, violence and blood. I was never sure if I would make it home at the end of my watch but I would do it all over again because I am a better attorney for it.
SundanceTV: You handpick each case. What do you look for?
LN: If I feel that I cannot make my client my friend then I am apt to walk. We trust, believe, like and want to help our friends. If I cannot develop a trusting and healthy relationship with my client then I’m gone. I have fired clients in the past for this very reason.
SundanceTV: You’ve talked about growing up in a strict Italian household. How does that upbringing inform your career?
LN: The first time I ever began challenging authority was when I was a child living under my father’s roof. My father was extremely strict and I often ran away from home to protest the strict rules placed upon me. Today I am still a rebel and I use that side of me to bend the law when the strict application of the law results in the ruination of a person’s life and/or livelihood.
SundanceTV: Does your courtroom persona spill over into your home life?
LN: I am the same person in court that I am at home. I am tough when I need to be and I know when to show my softer side. I have the same enthusiasm and will to win whether I am making an argument in court or debating an issue with Robert.
SundanceTV: I understand you’re a big fan of two of the 1001 Movies to Watch Before You Die. Can you tell us why you love Rocky and Star Wars?
LN: I am not a huge movie-goer but two movies that I have an affinity with are Rocky and Star Wars.
I identify with the character Rocky Balboa because, like me, he is a stubborn Italian who is not afraid to lose and risks it all. Rocky does everything in his power to win and when he does get knocked down on his ass, is in pain, bleeding and tired , he always gets back up! Life is not always a bowl of peaches and cream and my life is no exception. Life, at times, will bring us to our knees. Some of us must deal with life and death illnesses, some of us struggle financially, some of us are victims of abuse, etc. Whatever the issue is, we can all take a page out of Rocky Balboa’s book when he said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward – how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth – but you gotta be willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers and saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, her or anybody!”
For me, Rocky Balboa is a symbol of spiritual strength…and perseverance. I blast Rocky music on my way to court sometimes because I am weird like that.
I love Star Wars (the original one) because I believe in the Force. Our thoughts are power. Our thoughts can manipulate the energy within us and around us. If every single person on this planet took a moment to stop everything to focus on any thought or goal, I have no doubt in my mind that we would channel the power of the Universe and we’d be able to manifest anything. This is the Force. The vibrations of energy that can neither be created or destroyed. So it is very important to be selective in our thought-making and to put emotion behind thoughts that serve our best interests and the best interests of others and our planet.