Amigos del Español

Naomi Watts: 'I certainly learned a lot more of the Spanish culture'

With great uncertainty Naomi Watts took on the role of Maria, the brave, and very lucky, mother in the upcoming film from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona that chronicles one family's horrific experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Despite a grave injury, the character, based on the real-life of the spanish woman Maria Belon, was confident and sure-footed, able to display great courage in getting herself and her oldest son to safety while unsure of the fate of her husband and her two youngest boys. With Naomi we had the opportunity to talk in Toronto about her experience of shooting in Spain and enjoying the spanish culture.

Ewan McGregor: 'I would love to shoot a movie in Spanish'

The Scottish actor Ewan McGregor plays a real life father on vacation in the movie The Impossible. The story of a real Spanish family in Thailand when the devastating 2004 tsunami hit their seaside resort, scattering their family across the region. Directed by José Antonio Bayona, McGregor says in this interview that for a long time he has been following the Spanish filmmaker. The Impossible was shooting between Thailand and Spain where the actor had the opportunity to learn about Spanish culture, traditions and pick some words of our language.

Rachel Weisz: "I'm a fan of Lorca. I read all his books"

In love with the Spanish cinema she worked with Alejandro Amenabar in Agora. We had the opportunity to sit with her in New York were we talked about her passion for acting and juggling her life

Susan Sarandon: “I do speak five languages and Spanish is one of them”

Susan Sarandon is an extraordinary actress committed to her political views and her work in Hollywood. Fascinated with Spain, Susan bought a house in Majorca a few years back where she goes to relax. Was there, in Spain, where she started to learn Spanish and develop a passion for authors like Neruda and García Márquez. In Los Angeles we had the opportunity to talk with this actress about her work and her passion in life.

Sofía Vergara's philosophy: “Always keep going”

Sofía Vergara, the Colombian former Univision TV host who became famous in Latin America for her flirty personality, voluptuous physique and Latin lovers, never intended to be a scene-stealing funny girl on American TV. But that's exactly what she is on ABC's new hit comedy Modern Family. Sofia is the new hot Latina that is coming with the movie New Year’s Eve. With her we talked in Los Angeles about her role of the sassy Gloria, a Colombian icon that she created.

Jennifer Lopez: “We have a wonderful culture to offer, we need to share it with the world”

Jennifer Lopez is back on screen in What to Expect when you are expecting for the first time since 2010’s The Back-up Plan. Lopez is simply one star in the superstar cast that includes onscreen expectant moms Cameron Diaz, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks. Lopez talks to Amigos del Español about the experience of making the movie and how the mother of young twins found it hit especially close to home. A proud Latina of her Spanish roots the actress is fluent in Spanish and wants to educate her kids in both languages, English and Spanish. (Note from the editor: This interview was done just before Lopez announced her departure from "American Idol.")

Charlize Theron: “I’m like every other woman”

Charlize Theron is the “it” actress of the moment. This summer comes to the big screen with two movies Prometheus and Snow White and the Hunter where she plays the devil queen who wants to kill Snow White. At 35, Theron confess that her Spanish is very limited, in fact she only knows the dirty words of our language, she learned those words in the set of the movie The Burning Plan that she shot two years ago with the Mexican director Guillermo Arriaga.

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.  

 

 

Johnny Depp loves “Días de los muertos” holiday and some Spanish wines

He is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood and a bit kink. With a great sense of humor Johnny Depp talks to us in a hotel in LA where he confesseshis passion for Mexico and Spain. This month the actor premieres the movie Dark Shadows, the latest Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaboration.

Will Ferrell is the star of the movie Casa de mi Padre

Will Ferrell is the star of the movie Casa de mi Padre a feature-length telenovela spoof in which he stars opposite Mexican film stalwarts Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna It’s a genuinely interesting and risky idea, something we don’t often get to see in the world of mainstream, big budget comedies. The film is completely in Spanish with English subtitles and the actor confessed that the shooting was so hard that he needed a Martini at the end of every day.

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