Hayley Huntley and Maronzio Vance co-star opposite George Lopez in the new fearless comedy, “Lopez” on TVLand.

George Lopez, in "Lopez"

George Lopez, in “Lopez”

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Hayley Huntley plays George’s manager, Olivia “Olly” Michaels who helps make sure he’s on the cutting edge of everything, much to his annoyance.

Huntley is an accomplished actor and writer, and has guest-starred and recurred in popular shows such as “Children’s Hospital” and Comedy Central’s “Review” with Andy Daly. She has also appeared in Dominic Dierkes and Sean Clements’ pilot presentation of “Bad Friends,” and Issa Rae’s “Words with Girls.”

CHILLED: Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.

Hayley Huntley: Now that season 1 of ‘Lopez’ is wrapped, I’m gonna put my head down and do some writing for live stage stuff, as well as continuing to write a column about Los Angeles theatre for @ThisStage Magazine.

CHILLED: With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your down time?

HH: I like hopping on a plane when I can — spending time with my parents and dog in Reno, NV or visiting a new city. My good friend is a flight attendant, and she recently needed a chaperone on a trip to Honolulu, so I begrudgingly said FINE. I also love hobbies, can’t get enough of ’em. This spring, they include: tap class, hitting golf balls at the driving range, practicing my ukelele, and joining a recreational kickball league. I’m a real Jill-of-some-trades.

CHILLED:When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

HH: Taco trucks (I have favorites in every neighborhood), Gigi’s Cuban Bakery in Echo Park, All’Angolo Pizza & Pasta in Koreatown, and generally any hole-in-the-wall with a low profile. I can’t tell you my favorite sandwich place because it’s already getting too crowded.

Hayley Huntley, in "Lopez"

Hayley Huntley, in “Lopez”

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CHILLED: What types of dishes do you usually order?

HH: Nachos, tacos, chilaquiles, fountain Coke with crushed ice, coffee, any type of pasta. Ya know, health food.

CHILLED: Do you cook?

HH: I’m a seasonal chef. One month I’m cooking up a storm, and then next thing I know it, I’ve eaten takeout in my car for three weeks straight. But I’ve been cooking since I was little (thanks, Mom), and I feel capable and confident in the kitchen when I want to be. I just hate measuring.

CHILLED: What types of drinks do you order when out?

HH: I like beer (pale or amber ales), champagne and prosecco, and sauvignon blanc (I thought I’d never like wine, but I’m coming around to it, okay?!).

CHILLED: Do you prepare drinks at home?

HH: You could say I have an unofficial Beer & Wine license. No hard liquor.

CHILLED: Tell us about your home bar, what is it stocked with?

HH: My friend Brittani handed over a tradition (I think she picked it up from a grandmother-of-a-friend?) of always keeping a bottle of champagne in the fridge for celebrating spontaneous good news. As soon as you drink it, you have to replace it. My best friend and roommate, Katelin, adds a bottle of champagne to the fridge whenever I book a job, which is classy and sentimental and I thank her.

CHILLED: What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

HH: Mimosas and Pina Coladas.

CHILLED: Have you ever been a bartender?

HH: Katelin reminds me that I used to “work the bar” at the ragers my college improv team would throw. We’re talking me behind a card table with a handmade sign, grocery store rum and vodka, and blue or red punch. Ice, if you’re there early.


Maronzio Vance is a writer, actor, and comedian.

Vance plays George’s friend and opening act who gives him a hard dose of reality every now and then when George needs to come back down to earth. Maronzio’s blunt, sarcastic and witty style has landed him appearances on “Wanda Sykes: Wanda Does It,” Jamie Foxx’s “Laffapolooza,” “Last Comic Standing” and “The Tonight Show.”

CHILLED: Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.

Maronzio Vance: I’ve created an animated show that I hope to pitch to Nickelodeon in the next few weeks. I am also working on a relationship book with one of my writing partners. Hopefully I’ll be filming my one-hour special at the end of the year. Fingers crossed.

CHILLED: With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your down time?

MV: I don’t know how to enjoy down time. I feel like the moment I sit down to rest something will pass me by or I’ll miss out on something. I am always creating because half of the stuff I create, I’m never happy with and the other half of me stays creating so I can make up for the other half of the stuff I’m not happy with.

CHILLED: When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

MV: My favorite place to eat in LA right now is a place called Boneyard Bistro, it’s actually in Sherman Oaks.

Maronzio Vance, in "Lopez"

Maronzio Vance, in “Lopez”

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CHILLED: What types of dishes do you usually order?

MV: I’m going through a brisket phase right now. I love it. Brisket and short ribs actually. But I’m also reading books about how meat is bad for you, while I’m going through this. I’m also trying to eat healthy.

CHILLED: Do you cook?

MV: I love to cook. It’s therapeutic for me. I’ll throw on some music. Jazz mostly and just zone out and cook.

CHILLED: What types of drinks do you order when out?

MV: Nothing but Old-Fashioneds. I used to be a rum guy. Blah. I grew up.

CHILLED: Do you prepare drinks at home?

MV: I do. I try not to drink too much at home. I think it can lead to a problem.

CHILLED: What would your ideal home bar look like?

MV: My bar would most likely have the best whiskey I can find. I will also have a ton of Knob Creek Whiskey. That’s a must have for me. Oh and some Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. I would have a room with old New York style brick walls with a full bar, some TV’s, stools and hire a designated drunk guy that I would pay to come in and tell a bunch of lies, get drunk and pass out.

CHILLED: What is your favorite drink/cocktail?

MV: I love Old Fashioneds. That’s my go to drink. I’ll leave a bar or restaurant if they don’t make them. It’s a must. Why wouldn’t you want to have that drink in your wheelhouse.

CHILLED: Have you ever been a bartender?

MV: Never been one. But I did go behind a bar and act like one year ago in Denver, CO after some shows I did with my cousin Tony Rock. Fun times.