At 44, Ana de la Reguera of Veracruz has become one of the new faces of action cinema in Hollywood. He bursts out laughing on the other side of the screen as he realizes how uneven his career has been. He began working on the Mexican soap opera 25 years ago, he shot with David Lynch or Bigus Luna, and in the last three months he premiered army of the dead A Zombie, directed by Zack Snyder (Justice League, 300) and now infinite pure Where she plays Adela, a belligerent Mexican expatriate recently arrived in Texas who lives on her first day of purge, a day in which self-described ‘real patriots’ can spread violence without being persecuted. “Well, after 25 years I came here… Somebody wants things to move fast, but I think the hardest thing is the career, wanting to work with me,” he reflects. But she hasn’t confined herself to waiting for opportunities: After seven years trying to pursue the project, in 2020 Ana premiered on Amazon Prime, a series she created to talk about what it’s like to be Mexican, Written and produced by Actress in Los Angeles. When she reached Mecca 16 years ago, she had experienced many scenes herself.
Why did you decide to leave your country to work in the United States?
My Career in Mexico Was Very Fruitful, But I Just Fell for It casting from dance free [con Jack Black], and many doors opened. How not to take those opportunities?
Have things changed a lot since coming to Hollywood?
Everything was very different then. It took me a lot of hard work to get my second role in the United States, because I lost them all because of my accent. “We want her to be Latina, but not have a Mexican accent,” he said. They wanted me to sound like a Jessica Alba, an Eva Longoria, a Latina born in the United States, or they told me she was too white to be Latina… A sure way to see.
Conservatism no longer reigns? On anna She laughs at them: at a casting and they tell her she doesn’t look like a real Latina.
Same situation happened with me. I saw a more realistic character and they wanted me with heels, extensions, all curvy and Chichis [pechos] here [señala bajo su barbilla]. There is that stereotype of Latina, which is illogical for some characters. But everything has changed, now in the email they say “we need your natural accent.” It’s been delicious, being able to live that growth and not pretend I’m someone else.
And have female figures in action movies changed? On Army… is a mechanic and in The Purge It comes under Self Defense Forces [civiles que combaten a los carteles de la droga].
More than ever we’re seeing these kinds of characters, and most importantly, they exist in real life, but those stories weren’t told. In an industry ruled by men, stories tend to be more thought out from their point of view, but that’s not the case anymore, you don’t see women limiting them to just one thing, and that just makes the characters more interesting. It also impresses that there are more women in executive positions, which she says “we have to be present in a more equitable way.”
is this what you did anna, In view of the following fleabag, And reflecting on your own experiences?
I didn’t want anyone to fight, because seeing as those stories won out, they suddenly wanted female material from a woman in her 40s… I’ve been asking seven years for the opportunity to be a producer and producer. Had been. . It’s hard to take that chip away from the authorities.
Is patriarchy still there?
A lot of paternalism, that’s what I came up with. It’s not a question of assuming you’re not competent, but rather “we’re going to take care of you because we assume you don’t know how to do it or you’re not supposed to understand it”.
On Army… he wears a t-shirt that says “The future is female … ejaculation”. Is it important to bring feminism to big productions?
It’s just a T-shirt from Ana from my series. I made this for one of those characters, who is a super feminist. And since I finished the series and the next day I went to shoot the movie, I took it and joked on the wardrobe girl, I told her that Jack [Snyder] I approved of that shirt. And when he saw it he said he loved it, and I used it.
On The Purge There are images that appear to be taken from the attack on the Capitol last January. Have dystopias overtaken the real?
Yes, it’s crazy because we shot the film a year and a half ago, and suddenly I noticed something unheard of was happening. Reality always outweighs fiction. This is why The Purge has been a very successful saga, it is so visionary. They are even more frightening than the ‘royal patriot’ zombies.
Actually, his character says that many nights are heard in Mexico The Purge.
I grew up in Veracruz when it was a peaceful, beautiful, safe state… and suddenly there was an advent of drug trafficking, organized crime, homicide… Seeing it helped me play characters like Adela, The one who had to leave his country and reach out to another to find peace. She comes from a place where genocide can happen, you can be kidnapped. It’s terrible to live like this. So you have to understand all the people who migrate in search of a better life. The Purge It talks about the fact that both the Mexican and American sides have to come together in order to survive, and that is where humanity comes first, before any color, language or religion, no matter what. be illegal or not.
It also has a premiere king of the whole world, By Carlos Saura, How Was That Shoot?
It was amazing to be able to work with him! He was a fan of Carlos Saura, breeding crows It was one of the first films I saw in acting class and it changed my life. I came from a very small town and had not seen much art cinema, it impressed me, I always followed him and when the opportunity came, I went out of my way to get into film.
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