Without a doubt, this 2022 is the year Galician actress Maria Vazquez: The stars in the last and great chapter of black out, from Movistar +; Features a character in the series sacred; He is also the protagonist in the movies womb s loves kids which will soon appear on the big screen.
P. We see your character in Blackout in the first chapter and then move to the star in the fifth and final chapter.
R. Yes, she is a nervous woman who does not love her life very much, although she does not think much about it. Suddenly, a power outage occurs. Her husband is responsible for managing emergencies in Spain. He warns her of what is happening and she leaves for a country house on a farm on the outskirts of Madrid from which she left 20 years ago because she wanted to escape from there. He has to start living in that space, finding a surprise to coexist with the past and the present, realizing that he begins to admire the rural life from which he fled. A power outage becomes an opportunity for her.
s. In that chapter there is a special scene. His character speaks to various immigrants. Producer and screenwriter from Vigo, Fran Araújo, told me that everything was based on real testimonials and that it was an improvisation.
R. The shooting of this scene was really cool. The class director, Isaki Lacuesta, really likes to improvise with 10 or 17 minutes of songs to end up putting together a minute that achieves gold. He likes to be in setup mode to give feedback but without stopping to record. It was written for conversation but the stories told were not detailed. I was able to shoot and although I know a few things, I didn’t know much. They started telling their real stories (about immigration) and it was so impressive, so beautiful. For me, as for the character, it was before and after.
s. In your personality, Alicia, would you agree to abandon the field or would you like to return to it?
R. I lived in Madrid and came back to Galicia because I think the countryside gives you another view of the world and because deep down it is the future. This is the time when we are dehumanizing ourselves in cities. I think the field puts you in touch with reality, makes you aware of what’s going on around you and can set you back many things.
s. There comes a moment when he milks a cow, did he really know how to do it or did he learn for the role?
R. I knew a little because when I was young I would do it with my grandparents, but I hadn’t milked for years. When Isaki told me, I went to my mother’s cousin’s house and sent him a video of me milking. I wasn’t getting as much milk as I should, but my cousin told me I’m too good for being universally hungry.
s. Did you learn any lessons from this job?
R. You always learn something in all jobs. In this article, you left me with one last hopeful message that if we cooperate with each other, life could be so much different and so much better. It sounds fancy but I trust this world is better.
s. Are you now afraid of the approaching major power outage?
A: Not now, but when we started the process, yes. When I came back from the first week of training, I went to my village to visit my father and suddenly the power went out. It disappeared all over the place and I started to get scared, but it came back within five minutes. It is something that can happen but it is difficult. I think you should live and not think about these things if fear does not paralyze you. But I have plenty of candles at home just in case.
s. Are you obsessed with your characters?
R. On the one hand, I play to the fullest, although sometimes there are things left and then you have to clean them up to keep going and unbalanced.
s. He recently performed the song “O corpo aberto” by Ángeles Huerta at the OUFF Festival in Ourense.
R. My character is a bit surprising, I can’t say much if you don’t reveal the entire movie. The film talks about the boundaries between life and death, masculine and feminine. It is based on a story written by Mendez Ferrin. There is a lot of mystery, it can be gothic horror.
s. Are you looking forward to the premiere of Alvaro Gago’s “Materia”?
a. too much. It was a very powerful process with a great immersion for three months. For the film, I had to speak Galician from the region of Rías Baixas, from the region of Vilanova de Arosa. For me, that was a challenge. I’ve worked with professional actors but also with people from the canneries where it was filmed who actually appeared in Alvaro’s short film. They made pineapple with me, so much so that they even want me to go to work in the canneries. In fact, we try to meet once a month. He was fully educated. There was a whole sorority there. One day I went through a very difficult scene and they all came as a surprise to me for supporting me. The experience was so beautiful that it scares me. It scares me to watch the movie and see that I didn’t do well.
s. You are also in “Little Loves”, what can you tell me about this project?
A: It is a Catalan co-production by Celia Rica with a very intimate film with a mother and daughter. In the end they are two women with similar problems.
s. I don’t forget the Santo series.
R. Yes, I am present in all seasons. I play the ex-wife of Raúl Arevalo. I am a scientific police officer and the plot travels between Brazil and Spain. Small league but very cool.
s. And what can you tell me about the second part of “Brothers in Law”?
R. I don’t know if I will repeat. I still don’t know anything, let’s see what they tell me. They are in the process of writing. Now, the truth is, I’ve taken a little pause to fill myself in with family again.