- Did you learn to be an actor and has this education helped you in your career? Does it generally help aspiring actors nowadays, or has this changed in the era of digital?
- I think it helps. The art of drama is work that trains skills and abilities in a way that will further help in a career. At the same time, I believe that acting is not a career that requires only a few years of study. It is practical, it is a profession that has to be practiced.
The digital age is approaching fast, it seems to me that such a modern approach also challenges the actor to achieve the results most immediately. Therefore, a person must be open to new possibilities in order to be able to move on and develop, and still always stay afloat.
- You have quite popular social media accounts. Why do you think users are so attracted to your content?
- Because of my work, I think. I have not developed my social media as an influencer or someone who creates mainstream content. The main thing that attracts people is my acting and modeling career, I guess that's why people follow me. I am 100% sure that such interest of the audience is caused by my work.
- Do you like to be active in social networks?
- No, I don't really like it. I like acting in series, movies. Social media is more personal and more intimate, and I do value privacy a lot. I share of course things which are more external, and related to my work, art, share the occasional quotes of writers that I like, or singers, actors and directors that I admire, who are a reference for me and for my career. But I do not talk about my personal life, I don’t like it, it does not suit me.
- Why do many celebrities prefer to hide their personal lives?
- The acting career is something that is very exposed, personally, I am very clear about what I expose. I separate work and personal life, the second I prefer to keep to myself, because it belongs only to me. Imagine if you expose absolutely everything, nothing will be left for yourself. I think that mentally it would not help me, because I would feel emptied, as if I'm working nonstop! Therefore, I don't share where I am going, what I'm doing, who my friends are - this is my private life, and it’s ok that I don’t put it out for everyone to see. I really enjoy my normal life in anonymous situations, where there are no cameras, and no one is recording.
- Your rise to fame happened pretty fast, what do you think success is owed to?
- I think I played my first role at 17 years old in Santiago de Chile. I took part in local plays, and since I started working from a very young age, one job would lead me to another. I began studying after I started acting. I worked and studied and at night, prepared with such teachers, with whom I felt I could get a lucky ticket into an acting career.
I never imagined that it would be such a success, that everything would be like this, at such a level. You always want to do well in what you develop, right? But it was a very big surprise for me.
I have also left my home country, I have not lived in Chile for 6 years, I have lived in Argentina for 4 years, because there was my first international project “Soy Luna”, a Disney channel series, and we had to do concerts throughout Europe and Latin America. Two years later, I went to Madrid. I'm in Brazil now.
My international career has been built which made me very happy, because it now challenges me to reach the next level.
I did not know how to act in Portuguese. but I took a risk because I like difficult things, I like to learn other cultures, meet other people, constantly move from one country to another - it seems amazing to me!
I am at a very curious point in my career, it's great that I'm learning many things, and I'm very happy and grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way.
- We see you more in series than in movies. In your opinion, why does this happen? Or is it your own decision?
- So far, everything happens naturally. I do more series than movies because I get more series offers, as does my agent.
My future projects folder has several options to work on movies, which I like, because even though I starred in only one movie, I want to act in more new projects in films. Actually, it's what I like to do the most.
I really like the concept of cinema - sublime appeal. So magical, so careful. The art of cinematography values each day, it is not a thing so fast to produce. In the series, on the contrary, the pace is fast, so the actor always needs to be alert, as much as possible, in order to achieve the desired result.
I want to act in films, I really want to but at this point in my career I made a choice in favor of the series voluntarily. Simply put, I have been busy working in series and I just didn't have an ideal project to develop myself in cinema.
- What is your favorite role?
-Of those I have done or what I would like to do in the future?
- You have done
- Well, I think the last thing I just did as Valerio. I will remember this character for the rest of my life, I believe. I enjoyed it very much; I had a great time. I taught him a lot and also learned a lot from him.
- And in the future?
- In the future.. Wow, I really enjoy the complexity of the human mind. I would like to see myself in the mind of a murderer or a swindler, in the mind of a controversial person. I like controversial characters. I would like to get into the mind of an ambiguous person. I really enjoy it. I also like comedy, humor. So, I would also try myself there.
- And what is your ideal comedy hero?
- An actor or a character?
- A character
- I'm going to name you a reference to The Mask starring Jim Carrey, I like these types of characters. I would like to do a movie, that I put on a musical in which you speak in the language of dance; that had color, texture, this code of
acting. I enjoy that the truth is expressionist. I need a character that will allow me to use all my capacity.
- Can you recall any particularly memorable experiences during the filming process?
- Yes a lot! During filming something interesting happens all the time. Sometimes some scenes end unexpectedly even for us, and this is wonderful.
But what I love the most is when you and your partner create magic on set, these are amazing moments.
- Do you find any similarities between yourself and the characters you play?
- In many cases the contrasts are very great, I have both similarities and differences. When I work on a character, he teaches me something every time and I go out differently. I gain experience through learning new emotions, face conflict situations and end up having a different perspective on life. I am open to the character, just as he is open to the audience. Therefore, the heroes with whom I worked, always have something that deep down is close to me.
- Top 3 directors you dream to work with?
- Well, Tarantino, Almodovar and Gaspar Noe. These are three completely different directors with different styles. I feel like I could work on their projects.
- What are you striving for in your career? Not only as an actor, maybe you want to try yourself as a director?
- I really love acting and I think that I still have many years to develop this direction. And I love directing too.
Over time, you want to scale your dreams, realize them to the maximum. So I do not rule it out at all, that at some point in my career a range of possibilities may appear, and I will direct my own film or a series. I really enjoy directing, it's very interesting. I also want to try myself in this.
- What's more interesting, being an actor or a director?
- It is more complex. Because the director has to have a 360 view of everything that is happening, he has to know what the characters think, what they feel, where they come from and where they stand within the story. The director is the only person in the project who has a broad view of the whole picture and knows absolutely everything, including the difficulties of his characters and how to address them. The truth is that it is more difficult but at the same time it calls my attention a lot.
- What advice do you have for beginner actors?
- I suppose the main thing is self-confidence. Self-determination, discipline, constancy and perseverance are super important in the active development of your career in which everything goes just the way you want. Nobody will tell you 100% about career development, nothing has reached my house to knock on my door like a fool with the words “hello, I have a job for you”.
Things have come to me because I have forced myself to make an effort, because I have knocked on thousands of doors. The advice I give the most is if you want something from the bottom of your heart, fight for it, fight for your goal and your dream. Nothing will happen if you don't make an effort. It's not enough just to want.
So that depends on you and that is what I tell the new generations. I think there is a lot of talent in today's young people.
In the modern world, in order not to lose anything, you need to be attentive, ready and willing!
- You have tried yourself in modeling - is this a path that you would like to do down further? Or is acting still a priority for you?
- The main thing is acting, although I have developed quite a lot in fashion naturally. I really appreciate this part of my career and I have been doing it very respectfully. It's also complicated, it is another industry. For me, fashion is a lifestyle and a way of expressing myself. It is a progression of your identity. So for me, fashion is something that goes beyond the trend.
At the moment I think that fashion has to do with what you “breathe” culturally, referring to what is your thing that makes you feel very comfortable. Every time I am developing more I always work with some brands, so I like it. I like it because it is also a totally honest production of who I am.
- Who is your favorite designer and why?
- I really like YSL - very, very much. The elegance bordering with Rock, with freedom, it has a fresh and classical point of view at the same time. I was in Morocco at the YSL museum. I was amazed by his designs, both male and female and I think he is one of those designers who will be admired for a long time to come.
- Your style is more elegant, right?
- Yes, but at the same time it is also not so pretentious. I like that spontaneous feature of improvisation as well but always mostly try to stay elegant.
- How has your professional life changed over the pandemic? Have you got a lot of work lately? Or has the volume decreased?
- I was fortunate enough to have a lot of offers that I could not completely develop due to the pandemic. Everything changes every minute. I'm currently filming in Brazil for Netflix in a series that was supposed to be out in 3 months, instead, 5 months have already passed. Because of covid this filming was, obviously, delayed. I had another one in Colombia, and I couldn't be there - quite a difficult time for my mental health. However, I have let everything take its course, adjusting to the moment. I am not going to get upset about unreleased projects that do not depend upon me at the moment. It all depends on the pandemic, on how many people feel good and on the situation in the country I am visiting. I am very optimistic and learn from everything that happens, both good and bad.
- The theme of the issue is Phygital. Virtual fashion shows are gaining popularity in the fashion industry. How do you like it?
- It seems to me that the models are going to be out of work, an adventure that comes with a reinvention of the industry seems clear to me. With the pandemic, Fashion Weeks this year got cancelled and last year there have been no shows, I have already attended several shows, and they impressed me, but for the fashion industry, a pandemic is a strong hit. It has had to be reinvented in a new, different way, that is adapted to modern changes, which they are doing with these virtual shows. I have also been lucky enough to attend some. It is correct that what has to be done is being done, that is, they continue keeping the industry alive and it is the only way it can be developed today. It would be very sad if these types of events stopped, because some shows, some performances are pure art.
I went to the closing of the 50 years of Jean-Paul Gaultier in Paris in a wonderful theater. I think it was one of the most beautiful shows. I have attended those that you define virtual. Obviously, not the same, but they are so important to the fashion and the art industries that I think this reinvention is good. Today virtual shows have a new audience and greater accessibility and that is also positive because the reach is increasing.
- Do you think we will have virtual actors in the future?
- I don't know. Cartoons already exist in Disney - those are all virtual characters.
- Would you like to become a prototype of yourself? Your face and body as an avatar without your physical participation?
- Of course, yes. I would like to discover and test it, why not? It is interesting. Yes I'd like to.
- Are you not afraid of this?
-No, of course it's even more convenient to work this way.
- So it's easier for an actor to have his own virtual avatar?
- It will be something very crazy, but everything indicates that the future points that way, so each one will have to adapt and reinvent themselves as they want and can.
- Where do you think this will lead us in the future and where will it take the film industry?
- I think that at this time with what is happening worldwide, which is a full year of the pandemic, there are times of uncertainty for everyone, no one can make long-term plans, they can build something but they do not know what is going to happen. It is not known if this situation gets better or worse, the truth is that it is difficult to exist in an environment where, paradoxically, the audiovisual industry is experiencing a very important boom. The need of consumption of a great amount of audiovisual content, of course, is increasing the demand for movies and series. I think the industry is growing a lot, which also puts a lot of pressure as there have to be many various projects produced. Everything is happening at the same time and the audience has to have a great choice but because there is a lot, they sometimes begin to lack good quality.