Still from Exceptionals series: Marnie and Jeremy
Still from Exceptionals series: Marnie and Jeremy

Rochelle Muzquiz is a Portland-based actor, filmmaker, and musician originally from Texas.

Rochelle spent her childhood performing in plays and making improv videos with a VHS camcorder at slumber parties. When she was 14, she wrote a script using Barbie dolls called Empty Heads and spent the summer building miniature sets in her living room (shout out to Mom!). In 2013, she decided to pursue acting professionally and, since then, spends every Monday night working her acting muscle with Kristina Haddad at The Actor’s Lab.

Rochelle plays the world-traveling, amateur detective Marnie Vega in the original sci-fi series pilot Exceptionals, a role that has given her the opportunity to work in Hawaii, Death Valley, and Bolivia; she hopes to continue acting internationally throughout her career. Her passion for the project has led her to also become a writer and producer for the series.

In addition to Exceptionals, Rochelle’s résumé includes roles in independent films, commercials and radio spots. Currently, she is co-producing a comedic film called Half-Quaked, conceived by her friend Casey Pfeifer, in which she plays an ambitious but naïve documentary filmmaker shedding light on Portland’s imminent earthquake.

As a musician, Rochelle has written, sung and played guitar and percussion in Portland bands The Yes-And Band, The Milford Academy, Chica y los Gatos and Atlanta-based Heart Hunters. In 2014, Rochelle and her twin sister got a wild hair (as they do) and wrote and produced a music video called “It’s So Hard (Unemployment is a Full-Time Job).” With it they launched an ongoing project (actually, a revolution!) called Twin Empire.

Rochelle loves to bring projects to life, so feel free to contact her if you like her style!