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Get to Know…Mayans M.C.'s Frankie Loyal

Mayans M.C.

Get to Know…Mayans M.C.'s Frankie Loyal

Loyal has one thing he must do before heading to set to start filming: clean his entire trailer.

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Name: Frankie Loyal
Role: Hank 'Tranq' Loza, Mayans M.C.
Previous Work: Car Babes, The Deep End, Numb3rs

What's something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was not only in a few punk/oi bands throughout my life, I did lucha libre wrestling.

If you weren't acting what would you be doing?
I’d probably be playing or recording with my band Rile 9 Collective or on a cross country ride somewhere.

If you could only listen to one type of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It’s hard to choose just one! I love all kinds of music. Anything rock, punk, oi, oldies, northern soul, classics or outlaw country really suits me.

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When there's downtime on set, what are you usually doing?
I work out. If I have a really crazy schedule, I like to get up at three or four in the morning and work out with my trainer. Then I go home, clean up, get on my motorcycle and ride out to set. When I get to set, I’m there to work so I’m 100% focused on that. If I know I’m fully prepared for my scenes, I may sneak in a quick cat nap during my downtime.

When you're in a bad mood, what’s something that always makes me feel better?
I get on my motorcycle and I go on long rides. I usually prefer to be alone when I ride but sometimes I ride out with my closest friends. We’ll take a ride along the coast, Malibu, Topanga Canyon, maybe even the desert. Riding helps keep me grounded. If I’m working, I like to hit the bags at my gym.

What are three words you would use to describe your character?
Loyal, hyper-vigilant and I think there's got to be a part of him that's a little wounded.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Loyal, hyper-vigilant and wounded. [Laughs]

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What's the very first thing you do when you get to set?
I get right into work mode when I land on set. I run through my lines and work on getting into character so I can be completely prepared before the camera rolls. I also like to keep my trailer immaculate because it’s my sanctuary. Cleaning it is therapeutic and helps me decompress. I also don’t want to create any unnecessary work for the teamsters or the wardrobe department. Mayans and divas don’t mix.

What's the best pieces of advice you've ever received?
I’ve gotten great pieces of advice from some exceptional people and I hold each very close to my heart. Edward James Olmos once explained that what we do – acting - is about the big picture. It's a marathon. It's not a race. I was told by Paul Sorvino that if I wanted a career in acting, I shouldn’t have a back-up plan. It’s all or nothing because if you have a plan B then you're going to make excuses and not go for the kill. Anthony Gilardi instilled in me that everything I do as an actor is about the work and only the work. Staying focused, staying disciplined is all that matters. He said that buying into your own hype, whether it’s positive or negative, is a trap set to sabotage my goals. I’m grateful to have received such wonderful advice from men that I both admire and respect. I am definitely thankful to them for sharing their wisdom with me.