A Hoboken resident of nearly 24 years, which is practically her whole lifetime, Georgia Luch was recently cast as a regular in the ABC hit series “Splash.” Luch comes from a family of athletes, only none focusing on her specialty: synchronized swimming. Her dedication and aquatic talent landed her a spot in the Los Angeles based “water-ballet” entertainment troupe, Aqualillies.
Luch is part of their New York troupe, but they send her on extra special assignments well beyond the metro area, like “Splash” (taping in Riverside, Calif.) and a Disney video project last week in Orlando.
Luch was also a mermaid in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie “On Stranger Tides” including stars Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.
“One of my memorable moments was swimming in a pool filled with 75,000 ping pong balls.” – Georgia Luch
Since age 3
“I was definitely the kid whose parents couldn’t get them out of the pool,” said Luch.
Swimming since she was 3 years old has paid off for Luch.
“While swimming, I never would have imagined the sport would lead me to the things I’m doing today,” she said last week. “One of my memorable moments was swimming in a pool filled with 75,000 ping pong balls. Who else can say they’ve done that?”
Luch trained with a syncronized swim team in Westfield, N.J.
“In high school, I’d leave my house for practice around three and wouldn’t get home until nine,” she said. “The schedule was a little rough at times, not only for me but also for my chauffer.”
By chauffer, Luch is referring to her mother, savvy Hoboken public relations rep Jackie Burton.
Before Aqualillies, Luch started her own business briefly last summer, called Eau La La Entertainment, after graduating from college.
Proud mother Burton said in an email, “She managed to do a video ad for Lee Jeans (shown only in Asia) and then squeezed in a gig in Easthampton in August during the Hampton's ‘season.’ But when the offer came from Aqualillies to join their troupe last fall, she elected to give up her own fledgling enterprise for the more established business of Aqualillies.”
Now, Luch can spend up to eight hours per day practicing for a gig.
“Our practice time really depends on the gig, the number of swimmers involved, and the complexity of our choreography,” said Luch. “For ‘Splash’ we were wearing heels and had to coordinate our choreography with multiple divers diving into the pool. We’re currently working on a project that involves 18 swimmers and we’ve had several days of practice before shooting. It’s not rare in synchro to have an 8 hour practice day.”
Luch has also made many friends on the set from other states that she hopes to remain in contact with.
“I was so sad when we wrapped ‘Splash’ and I had to say goodbye to everyone,” said Luch, “but then I ended up seeing everyone a couple of weeks later for another project. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of each other.”
Luch said she is not sure if this is what she will do forever, but right now she is “having a blast.”
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