“With the life of Luis Miguel, reality goes far beyond fiction,” says Diego Boneta of the Latin superstar. Boneta will reprise the role of the Mexican singer in the second season of Netflix Luis Miguel: The Series.
The new season premieres on April 18 and prepares to unravel different aspects about the notoriously private singer. The first season, which debuted in 2018, was told over two time periods, focusing on Luis Miguel’s tumultuous upbringing as a child, his rise to fame when he was only 11 years old, and the disappearance of his mother, Marcela Basteri, who to this the day has never been found.
“What was so important to us for season two, and that’s why it took us three years between season 1 and season 2, was making sure everything was as accurate as possible,” Boneta, 30, tells ET. “His life was crazy. Season 1 was based on a book, season 2 was not. It was based on many interviews with him, Luis Miguel, and other key characters and people who were in his life during this time. And then after that, everyone gathered all that information and decided how and what to tell. “
Known worldwide as “El Sol de México”, Luis Miguel, who authorized the bio-series and serves as executive producer, released his first album, A sun in 1982. Since then he has released 20 studio albums, winning six GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY awards and is known as one of the best-selling artists of all time. What fascinates his fans is how little is known about the mysterious Latino icon who rarely does interviews and is kept out of the public eye.
Boneta met with Luis Miguel when he approached the project many years ago. The two saw each other between seasons 1 and 2, but the conversations did not focus on Luismi’s personal life as they did before. For season 2, the actor says, “Most of his conversations were with the writers this time. He was on tour, traveling the world. I was also filming other projects, so it was harder to match up.”
“And after the first time we spent together, it was very useful. It was great,” he divulges. “It was a privilege to be able to sit with him, especially when it’s usually biopics, it’s after the artist dies. So being able to have that opportunity was huge and I was really a sponge, taking in so much.”
Season 2 is told once again in two timelines. In the 90s, Luis Miguel tries to balance the care of his two brothers, Alex (Juanpa Zurita) and Sergio, his career after the death of his father, Luisito Rey (Óscar Jaenada), and his desire to find his mother at any time . cost. At the same time, his father figure and manager is also battling cancer. Meanwhile, in the early 2000s, viewers see a lonely Luismi rebuilding his relationship with his estranged daughter, Michelle, whom he had at age 18 with Mexican singer Stephanie Salas. The singer hadn’t seen Michelle in over 11 years.
His relationship with his now 31-year-old daughter is something that intrigues his longtime fans and makes them wonder which part of the story will be based on fact or turned into fiction for the show.
“Specifically with his relationship with his daughter, which is one of the main things this season, that’s something that was very, very important to all of us,” explains Boneta. “And I say that most of what you see on that show and in that relationship is what he told us.”
For actress Macarena Achaga, who plays Luis Miguel’s daughter on the show, she had the opportunity to connect with the real Michelle.
“I had the opportunity to speak with Michelle, but at the end of the day, we decided that this was going to be my own interpretation of what I thought happened between the two of us, as well as what the scripts provided,” Achaga told ET. . “While this story is based on true events, it is still a version of their true story.”
The Argentine actress adds: “The idea was to tell Michelle’s story from when she was a child to when she becomes the woman she is, and many of us know it today. My mission was to show what happened at that moment and how it is better to tell it. “
The story, Achaga and many other members of the cast agree, humanizes the emblematic and elusive singer of “La Inconditional.”
“[Michelle and Luis Miguel] We have a lot of history together, “Achaga shares.” You will see the changes within Luis, because these are characters that make him human. They are people that he can be himself and not a big star, and I think that is very beautiful. Those moments are reflected in the episodes. I’ve seen a couple and I think you can see the level of trust, even with Michelle, who Luis is meeting once again, and how she automatically feels so comfortable with him. “
Fernando Guallar, who is a newcomer to the program and plays Mauricio Ambrosi, director of the singer’s Aries Productions, adds that Michelle and her character “are key for viewers to know the most vulnerable side of Luis.”
“I think it’s clear that Luis Miguel’s incredible talent is attractive, and I think that telling these fragile and vulnerable stories humanizes our idols,” emphasizes Guallar.
Another important point in the plot of this season is an incident that leaves Luis Miguel hard of hearing. Fans will have to tune in to see how the incident changed his life and career. The singer even said in years past that hearing problems caused a series of setbacks in his career.
“Imagine being a singer and having hearing problems,” says Boneta. “I can’t imagine it. Your ears and hearing are such an important part of singing. It’s pretty tragic.”
There is also the constant struggle of who the artist can trust and who is looking for personal gain. Boneta says, “You see it unfold throughout the entire show. That’s definitely one of the main themes and how that on one timeline affects it on the other timeline.”
Pablo Cruz Guerrero, who takes on the role of Patricio Robles in season 2, a newcomer who tries to become Luismi’s manager while Hugo fights cancer, points out that “everyone Luis Miguel knows everyone, it’s no secret , what is there of all kinds [untrustworthy] people around him. “
“What I can tell you about Patricio is that he is an analytical character and is obsessed with order and image because that is what he thinks Luis Miguel needs to support his career,” Guerrero explains. “I tried to build that path of trust between Patricio and Luis Miguel.”
Meanwhile, César Bordón, who plays Luismi’s faithful manager, Hugo López, assures that his character “is not an athlete but is someone who knows how to jump hurdles.” [for Luis Miguel]. “
“As an older Luis Miguel, he has a new set of responsibilities with his family, the challenges of his career where he is no longer a child who is taken to places to sing. He is an international artist who is successful,” says Bordón. “But also, how does he move him forward with all his personal problems from season one to the new personal problems that are explosive at times but also bring him and Hugo closer together?”
“[Hugo’s] Life now faces and jumps over the obstacles of the new life before it. I think that an old man is facing the family of Luisito Rey, which Hugo believes is one of the biggest problems, “says Bordón.” Then he has the new challenges of supporting Luis in the search for his mother and the resolution of that situation, which is not easy and it has not been for Luis. It’s a big issue this season. “
When asked if they believe that the real Luis Miguel has found closure with the disappearance of his mother, they all unequivocally say the same thing: they do not know and that is a question that only he can answer.
“It’s a very, very difficult question. I’m not sure if it has a closure or not,” says Boneta. “I think it’s more of a question for him. But, everything that happens with his mother is something that reflects him and impacts him in a huge way. In a huge way. Especially after watching episode one and what you see in the movies. upcoming episodes. This is not a show about what happened to his mother. It’s a show about what happened to Luis Miguel after he found out what happened to his mother. “
Guerrero adds: “It is a story that is told with care and told with a lot of heart. And throughout the process, we have tried to show empathy. I think that is the most important thing about this story. All these people are human … who have hopes, fears, aspirations, and sometimes things get frustrating and sometimes there are victories that are celebrated ”.
“I think that, as a project, we have many victories. The first season was well received and, before that, Luis Miguel took that first step of telling his story, which in itself is an act of courage.” Observe Guerrero. “And for us, we just try to tell the story in the most dignified way so that people connect with it.”
With input from Luis Miguel and the help of his original music producer, Kiko Cibrian, on board for Season 2, fans won’t be disappointed as they learn more about who the real Luismi is.
Season 2 of Luis Miguel: The Series premieres April 18, and new episodes are released weekly on Sundays on Netflix and Telemundo.