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The sexy 27-year-old actress Olivia Wilde is an avid reader in Spanish and loves Flamenco

The sexy 27-year-old actress Olivia Wilde is an avid reader who speaks Spanish and fell in love with flamenco in a long trip she made to Seville. In Los Angeles we had the opportunity to talk with Olivia Wilde whose film "Butter" will be released this autumn.

Q:  What type of heroes you like to read about?
A: For me, the biggest inspiration was Joan of Arc.  She is this unlikely warrior that she is both a child and a warrior that she’s very strong, but very, very compassionate, and completely led by selflessness, also, she seems to be in touch with some higher power.

Q: Do you speak Spanish?

Robert Pattinson and his spanish connection

The Twilight Saga British actor enjoys music and is an excellent musician, playing both the guitar and piano.

Q: How are you?
I’m all right, yeah.

Q:  Are you getting tired?
These are easier for me because the hardest thing is doing the conventional junket thing when you’ve got one person under three minutes, cause you feel like you have to provide all the energy, (laughs) but whereas when there is more people I find it easy, you get something back at least.

Q: Do you speak Spanish?

Spanish roots of Film Director Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodríguez is the director of El Mariachi, Desperado and Planet Terror, a man who lives for his roots and now comes back to the big screen with the fourth Spy Kids. Rodríguez is an American from San Antonio, Texas, with a family heritage from Mexico. Loyal to his roots he always shows where he is from in all his movies. In his Troublemaker Studio in Austin we talked with this man who showed up with a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and delighted us with a typical tex-mex lunch with tortillas, ribs, corn and Apple cake.

P: (In Robert’s office there is a window that opens directly to the recording studio) It seems that you like to control everything ¿Are you proud of the success?

Jack Black watches Spanish movies in his original version

Jack Black, well known for his persona in the big screen, is much more relaxed in reality or at least that is the illusion that he projects during the interview. We are sitting with him at the hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica. With Jack we had dreamt the action of Poh in the franchise Kung Fu Panda, and in the film School of Rock. His portraits are always a great adventure for the audience.

With a fantastic curiosity and a passion to learn Jack has taught himself a few languages as Spanish and French and he confesses trying constantly perfecting his Castilian watching Spanish movies in his original version.

Q: ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?)
A: Bien (Ok) (answer in Spanish)

Q: ¿Do you speak Spanish?

Russell Brand


In the Greek Theater of Los Angeles we had the opportunity to talk with the comedian of the moment Russell Brand. His sense of humor and his sex appeal are the best attraction for this brit that in our interview confesses to be in love with Spain and the Spanish language. Brad is not very shy at the time to talk about this past and he even tried to talk in Spanish during the interview. As an avid lover of the Spanish culture he confesses he is reading the classics of the Spanish literature. Married with the singer Katy Perry, Russell is already shooting a new movie in New York.

ARS:  Is true that you are in love with Spain?

Javier Bardem


Javier Bardem, a Spanish actor and now Hollywood heavyweight, has made a big splash in recent months with two films adapted from acclaimed novels: Colombian Gabriel García Márquez’s “El amor en los tiempos del cólera” (Love in the Time of Cholera) and American Cormac McCarthy’s “No Country for Old Men.” After being the first Spanish actor to be nominated for the best actor award for “Mar Adentro” (The Sea Inside), Bardem repeated the feat with his portrayal of a sociopathic killer on the trail of a man who stole drug money in “No Country for Old Men.”

Bardem, who appeared in several acclaimed Spanish films before his Hollywood success, also is an avid reader who always has a book under his arm.

Jodie Foster

Actress, director and producer

The Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster is an intellectual when talking about books. She just loves literature and to read a good book.

Your last movie Nim's Island is based in a children's book. Did you also do this so that you'd have a film your kids could see?

Yes, because they've already read the book and they loved it. The book had a big impact on my son—so now after he read the book he can visualize me. It was like he discovered literature in a completely different way. I couldn't get him to come to dinner because he was too busy reading the book again. It was great.

Did you read the book or the script first?

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