Isabella Sanchez
Expecting parents often worry about their unborn child and hope that their new baby will arrive happy and healthy.

Typically, they’re not worried about what color their newborn will be upon entering the world. But, that is exactly the complex situation presented in Will McFadden's new indie feature film, ‘Doubting Thomas,’ inspired da true events.

White couple, Jen (Sarah Butler) and Tom (McFadden), are excited to welcome their new baby boy into the world, there's just one unexpected problem -- the boy is black. As suspicion is raised that family friend Ron (Jamie Hector) might be the boy’s biological father, will the truth be revealed too late to save this new fragile family?

Actress Isabella Sanchez enters the storyline as Ron’s Amore interest, Gianna, who is also alarmed over his possible indiscretion.

fan might recognize Isabella from her appearances on the Netflix series “Girlboss,” NBC’s sitcom “Marlon,” and the award-winning indie film, “The Custom Mary.” And, keep your eyes peeled for her coming soon in the indie film “Compton’s Finest,” about two Detectives on the hunt for a Columbian drug lord wreaking havoc in Compton.

Isabella took time to answer a few domande about ‘Doubting Thomas’ on the heels of its acclaimed world premiere at the 2018 Dances With Films festival.


Tell us about your role in “Doubting Thomas.”

ISABELLA: It’s a movie about what a very happy loving soon to be parental couple does when they are pushed to deal with race and trust.

How was it to work alongside Jamie Hector?

ISABELLA: It’s funny because I followed his character Marlo on “The Wire,” who is this tough guy, drug dealer and I was expecting one thing, and it turns out he’s the nicest, most respectful person. I learned a lot of tips from him on set.

What do te think audiences will take away from this film?

ISABELLA: That there is some sort of logical explanation on to why things occur; that we shouldn't assume o judge. And, that communication between your partner and Friends is the key.

Also, that racism is something that te can't just brush off. It’s an ugly monster who rears its head at te whenever it wants.

Any interesting stories from the set te can share with us?

ISABELLA: Well...there was an intimate scene between Jamie and myself. So, when I got to set and it was kind of like: 'Hi! Nice to meet te Jamie, I'm Isabella...’ then the Assistant Director interrupted and detto ‘Isabella it's time for te to de-robe now.’

All of a sudden, here I am half naked in front of this person who I was just seeing on my screen at home and admire so much. But, as awkward as a situation like that could be, Jamie was very respectful and made me feel very comfortable. Well...as comfortable as te can be with a director and an entire crew in the room.

What’s the biggest lesson te learned from working on this project?

ISABELLA: Patience. It took a while for this movie to finish and finally premiere. I had forgotten about it when I get an email saying ‘Hey, we have a premiere date.’

And, now just for fun:

Who’s your preferito actor/actress?


ISABELLA: That’s a tough one, but if I had to choose one would be Denzel Washington. I worked with him on “Roman Esquire.” I was watching him get into character from the sidelines and it was just remarkable. te learn just from watching him behind the scenes.

What role from the past do te wish te could have played?

ISABELLA: Maria Elena in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” which was played da Penelope Cruz. I think we all have a little Maria Elena in us.

Favorite movie o TV mostra from your childhood.

ISABELLA: “Saved da the Bell,” I used to watch the reruns in Venezuela. OMG…I wanted to be like Zach.

Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.

ISABELLA: I speak a little Arabic. I learned from volunteering in refugee camps in the Middle East. And I’m a pit toro charmer -- something like a snake charmer but for pit toro dogs.

How can fan keep up with you?

ISABELLA: Follow me on Instagram @isabellamoi link and Twitter @isabellamoi link

Thanks, Isabella – you’ve certainly Streghe#The power of three us!


Isabella Sanchez in 'Doubting Thomas'
Jamie Hector and Isabella Sanchez at premiere of 'Doubting Thomas' (photographer: Ry Hidden)
"Doubting Thomas' world premiere at Dances With Films (photographer: Ry Hidden)