Amigos del Español

Viola Davis: She is the lady of the moment, the woman who changed the TV with her amazing show How to Get Away with Murder

The latest Emmy winner talked to us in the Beverly Hilton Hotel about her amazing year, her fascination with Shonda Rhymes, creator of the show, and her interest in other cultures. Seriously, who wouldn't want to be Viola Davis? 

Jennifer Garner: "I’m fluent in Spanish, love talking and reading in Spanish"

 

I recognize how wonderful is to speak in another language and have the possibility to discover different cultures through the language. It’s difficult for me to read but I do it. I force myself to keep learning. 

Christoph Waltz: a few actors are as charismatic as the Austrian Christoph Waltz. When the DVD of James Bond comes to the stands we sat with Waltz in México to talk about movies.

  There are few film franchises with as many fascinating and fun villains as James Bond, from Auric Goldfinger to Ernst Stavro Blofeld to Red Grant to Alec Trevelyan and on, and the 24th Bond film Spectre is no different. In it, Christoph Waltz plays Franz Oberhauser, a mysterious man with a mysterious connection to 007 himself. The two-time Oscar winner was very uncomfortable with some of the questions bu the chat a lot about his passion for the Opera, .....

Will Smith. He’s done it in Ali, in The Pursuit of Happiness and now in Concussion.

The story tells the tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist and  Nigerian immigrant that forever changed the game of American Football. In 2002, Omalu performed an autopsy on Mike Webster, one of the Pittsburgh Steelers' most famous players. In the years before he died, Webster had struggled with mental illness and fallen into financial ruin. 

Benicio del Toro: "But of course. I’m from Puerto Rico and I feel Latino. It’s my culture, my identity, I do speak Spanish and I embrace who I am"

Without a doubt Benicio del Toro is one of the best actors in Hollywood, and it happens to be also a proud Latino. The Oscar winning actor was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1967 to lawyer parents, and moved to Pennsylvania when he was 12. In 2000 he played a police officer in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, for which he won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Bafta. He has also starred in The Usual Suspects, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Che. In his latest film, Sicario he plays Alejandro, a former prosecutor turned CIA collaborator.

 

 

 

Anne Hathaway: "I do have very good friends from Spain who introduced me to the culture and the soccer passion. I watch every match with them. My Spanish words are not the ones you want to recite" (laughs).

Anne Hathaway has proved herself in many ways, she’s got an Oscar, a huge success in the box office with a few blockbusters, critically acclaimed movies, a comedy classic in The Devil Wears Prada and also she is a passionate of the Spanish Culture. When we sat for the interview in a hotel of New York she says how much she enjoyed her last trip on vacation to Spain, to Ibiza just a few weeks back. With very few good movies for women and a fierce competition for them Hathaway recognizes how hard she has to fight for her place in Hollywood.  

 

 

Meryl Streep: "I think one of the best Spanish authors was Lorca. I would love to play one of the characters in any of his plays."

We are in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton in New York, with us a Hollywood legend known for playing great women, mastering accents, and generally making her mark as the greatest actress on earth.  But now it seems that Meryl Streep is enjoying a second life as a musical performer.  Having first sung in films like Postcards From the Edge and Ironweed, Streep again wowed critics and audiences alike with her singing in 2008’s hit musical, Mamma Mia. Earlier this year, she displayed her vocal agility in Into the Woods where she pushed her voice “beyond all my expectations.” Now she’s playing hard-rocking singer/guitarist in Ricki and the Flash, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme. With a very limited knowledge of Spanish the actress confesses that she would love to learn and is committed to do it in the future. Now 65, Meryl Streep is in the middle of a career renaissance that begun with her Oscar-nominated performance in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and continued with films like Julie and Julia (2009), The Iron Lady (2011), which earned Streep her third Academy Award, and 2013’s August: Osage County.

Streep and her sculptor husband Donald Gummer live in the Tribeca area of New York. Two of their four children are actively pursuing acting careers:  daughter Mamie Gummer, 31, (Side Effects) and Grace Gummer, 29, (Margin Call, Frances Ha.)

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