Vicky Luengo: “An actress has to have mystery. If I showed my life on networks I would make my job worse” | Famous | S Fashion | EUROtoday

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Vicky Luengo is an ectoplasm. She has no face. She has no physique. That is, she does have it, and he or she is recognizable, however she is as malleable as liquid mercury. Terminator 2. We all noticed it within the sequence Anti-disturbances, by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, the place she performed a tricky inner affairs police officer. Or in Suro, through which she was Helena, the urbanite transplanted to a forest. But I spotted after watching his monologue First Bands, through which she performs a fierce lawyer who’s raped. After seeing her carry a complete theater to its toes, I went out for air. I used to be going residence once I heard somebody shout my identify. In a nook, wrapped in an enormous anorak and underneath a hood, there was a physique waving at me. He seemed like Kenny, the cartoon South Park, but it surely was not a cartoon, however a bit of one that spoke to me in a comfortable voice. The voice of Vicky Luengo. I had simply seen a hurricane on stage, a lady who needed to be not less than eight toes tall, with a torrent of voice, who was this younger lady chatting with me?

Luengo is a Houdini of appearing. She does what she desires. And she makes you imagine it. After years of exhausting work in theater, movie and tv, she has now premiered her most worldwide sequence, Red Queen, which adapts the profitable novels by Juan Gómez-Jurado. For an hour he reels off his work, his newest readings—he quotes Luis López Carrasco, bell hooks, and Graham Greene—with a torrent of well-structured phrases and concepts, after which he leaves. Where and the place to? Don't know. He has carried out it once more.

Luengo is wearing a long-sleeved polo shirt, cashmere silk rib knit and a Marina Chain necklace, all by GUCCI.
Luengo is sporting a long-sleeved polo shirt, cashmere silk rib knit and a Marina Chain necklace, all by GUCCI.LAIA BENAVIDES

His position in Red Queen It's one thing of a superhero, it's completely different from different issues he's carried out. For starters, it's a blockbuster. How do you are feeling concerning the flip?

One of essentially the most troublesome issues has been bringing this sensation of superheroine to actuality, as a result of Antonia is a lady with excessive despair. The problem was to audiovisually painting her head. It's been numerous enjoyable as a result of I've filmed automotive chases, monkey assaults, I've by no means filmed something like that. It was like an amusement park. I discovered to shoot results with chroma keys, with out there being even an object, having to think about. Although now that I give it some thought, being in the midst of a inexperienced set is loads like theater, as a result of you need to make the viewer think about that there’s something there that doesn't actually exist.

What did it imply to you? Anti-disturbances?

I’m fortunate as a result of I’ve by no means lacked work. But I do do not forget that my skilled life earlier than Anti-disturbances I used to be very drained. Because it is extremely irritating to really feel like you need to begin over each time, irrespective of how nicely it went, you by no means fairly calm down. I spotted later that my success was that I had been working for 10 years. Anti-disturbances It has introduced me a small feeling that I’ve entered an oasis of tranquility, which can final a yr or two extra or finish tomorrow. I’ve been capable of cease having the sensation that they aren’t going to name me tomorrow. But it could possibly come again to me, we have now seen it a thousand occasions.

She has stated she desires to be known as Victoria, not Vicky. She additionally desires to do roles through which her character is comfortable. Does it have something to do with it?

It has extra to do with how I see myself than with others. I selected Vicky once I was 14 years previous to play my first position as a result of Victoria appeared like a girl's identify to me, however now that point has handed I'm beginning to shrink back from signing tasks as Vicky, it's beginning to appear to be it's not me, though I don't thoughts being name Vicky. My household calls me Victoria, so does my boy. As it’s a matter of self-perception, I additionally understand that I play many roles through which I endure loads, I want to play others the place I’m happier (laughs).

With a linen, wool and cotton dress and cotton gloves, all from FENDI;  ACNE STUDIOS heeled shoes.
With a linen, wool and cotton gown and cotton gloves, all from FENDI; ACNE STUDIOS heeled sneakers.LAIA BENAVIDES

Is it a coincidence that you’re supplied roles through which you endure a lot?

Until very lately I’ve not had the privilege of selecting my roles. I want to offer you a extra elaborate reply, however it’s considerably intuitive. Choose my physique greater than my head. It occurred to me with Surocon First Bands. They are typically tasks through which I really feel morally and politically recognized. Let it’s one thing you haven't carried out earlier than, bodily comedy, for instance. And that I can play a personality surrounded by those who curiosity me: script, forged, path.

How has it been working with Hovik Keuchkerian once more?

In Anti-disturbances We solely had one sequence and Sorogoyen requested us, because it was an interrogation, to not discuss to him or the remainder of the actors beforehand, so we had a single rehearsal however we didn't discuss. And on the day of filming we had been in several rooms till it was our flip to movie. He has stated that at that second he thought: “I have a bull in front of me.” And I believed the identical factor, he has such highly effective power… In Red Queen It has been nice. He may be very all the way down to earth, very loyal, some of the loyal individuals I do know. Very hardworking and really enjoyable. It was an extended shoot, six and a half months, very tiring. When you lack energy it's nice to have somebody make you chortle.

Before, actresses and actors didn’t have as a lot publicity as they’ve since networks have existed. Many actresses present their residence, their privateness, their physique. There are many individuals who work each as actresses or actors and as influencer. It shouldn’t be your case.

I’ve been in battle with the exhibition for a very long time, I anticipated what they may demand of me. I’m hooked on the networks like many different individuals, and with out judging what others do, it appears to me that an actor or an actress has to have thriller. If you see me in all of the moments of my life, if you see me in a film you’ll at all times see me behind the character. I’d be a worse actress if I confirmed my life.

Mohair jacket and pants and sunglasses, all from PRADA.
Mohair jacket and pants and sun shades, all from PRADA.LAIA BENAVIDES

He additionally doesn't play a lot to indicate his physique.

Although it might appear self-help, once I started to like and settle for myself, issues started to go nicely for me. When I used to be 19 or 20 years previous I went to castings and I wore a padded bra, I placed on numerous make-up, I attempted to be the actress that I believed others wished. They known as me to castings of sequence to make protagonist Stunning and I don't match into that sample. As a end result, I had extra bodily insecurities than ever. While doing theater I spotted that what stood out about me was one thing else, and I began to make use of it. For him casting of Anti-disturbances I went with a bun and a washed face. I'm extra conflicted now with how we promote femininity within the movie business.

What is it referring to?

It shouldn’t be a lot bodily as ideological. I query how we promote what a lady is, magnificence, eroticism, sensuality. In that sense, what I'm attempting to do is be constant: what doesn't appear proper to me goes to a premiere in February in sandals and a sundress, whereas my co-star is calmly sporting a swimsuit and I, however, get the flu. If I need to put on a heel, I can put on it, however be as constant as doable with my well-being and my well being.

In First Bandsthe textual content and her appearing work carry her into battle with modern debates about consent, sexuality and what a lady is in the present day.

Through First Bands I’ve explored these subjects loads. It's an enormous melon. Should I, as bell hooks says, make males see that they might acquire in the event that they internalized the teachings of feminism? I query it loads. At least I’ve discovered to have an opinion about which modern feminism I need to collaborate with.

And which one is it?

Since we’re speaking about equality, for me equality additionally contains accountability. I’m in favor of serving to via love, via communication, so that folks open their eyes. But I’ll do it in the event you settle for as a person the identical accountability that I settle for as a lady in being a feminist. In First Bands I say, “The law has been shaped by generations and generations of men.” Well, the picture of what a fascinating lady is simply too. So, as a lady, I need to generate the picture of the lady I need to be.

Vicky Luengo wears a sleeveless wool dress with a corset inside by VERSACE.
Vicky Luengo wears a sleeveless wool gown with a corset inside by VERSACE.LAIA BENAVIDES

How do you put together every position?

Each character asks me to do a special factor. With Antonia Scott [la protagonista de Reina Roja] I wished you to imagine her inside the code of the sequence, to see that woman in her home, with agoraphobia, nervousness, who’s afraid to exit. That drives the sequence: Antonia's ache. For that I learn all of the books there are about individuals with excessive talents. Many occasions they’re bothered by noises, loud sounds or labels on clothes, you possibly can see within the sequence that generally I scratch, I maintain on to these issues to create the character.

Is it completely different in theater?

In First Bands I discovered the textual content first after which created a map of the physique, an emotional map. In one scene I'm going to attempt to see what occurs if my stomach hurts, in one other my palms are sweating… It was about discovering bodily sensations, as a result of for me the query that the play raises is what occurs to a physique that has been sexually assaulted. In the theater the knowledge needs to be within the physique, on TV it’s within the eyes.

What is your dream as an actress?

An Oscar, a Goya… and above all a film with the Dardenne Brothers. It can be superb.

The actress with a jacket, draped shirt, wool skirt, silver headband and black stocking heel, all GIVENCHY.
The actress with a jacket, draped shirt, wool skirt, silver headband and black stocking heel, all GIVENCHY.LAIA BENAVIDES


Styling: Juan Cebrián

Production: Cristina Serrano

Makeup and Hair: Rebecca T Figueroa (Another Agency) for Givenchy Beauty.

Photography assistant: Edy Pérez.

Styling assistant: Paula Alcalde.