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Alone with Adriana Ugarte, the Spanish actress talks about her new series and the intimacy of her quarantine

Despite the recommended social distancing, the obligatory geographical distance, the opposite seasons and other differences, the virtual hand-in-hand with Adriana Ugarte seems close. Far from the glitter, one of the best Spanish actresses shows shamelessly the cooling bar that you just took out of the freezer to resume the chat that the almost 40 degrees their country had been cut off.

“It’s that we were talking and suddenly the thermometrium appeared on the screen, a sign that it had overheated, due to the sun coming through the windows,” he explains from his beautiful house in the mountains, 45 minutes from Madrid, once he managed to lower the temperature of his tablet.

With extremely short hair, out of a brand new cinematic whim, she is on the other side of the ocean ready to talk about Parot, the series premiered in May by Amazon Prime Video and that will arrive in Argentina on Friday 20 through Paramount +. And willing to talk about everything. Including his pandemic fight with the oven in his house, but that will be a few lines below, along with the story of his reconquest of the piano.

At 36, Ugarte is one of the most coveted actresses in Spain. He has already filmed under the orders of Almodóvar.

We go in parts, as if it were a long round mate between the woman who is muscular in Europe and the one who is under the coat by the 6 degrees of Argentina.

Famous in these lands for her solid works in series such as The time between seams Y Chopped, and for the movie Juliet, under the orders of Pedro Almodóvar, now he puts himself in the shoes of the officer Isabel Mora, a police officer with more silences than words, with a past that haunts her and a present that worries her.

A story that raises dust

This 10-episode story revolves around the cancellation of the Parot Doctrine, which caused a stir in Spain in 2013: in the plot, the measure allows the release of one hundred prisoners, among murderers, terrorists and rapists, who, once outside, are in the crosshairs of someone seeking justice by their own hand.

Isabel is behind that someone and, curiously, in front of the man who abused her as a teenager.

Back on the street, Haro (Iván Massagué) seeks revenge for his years in prison and he intends to drive her crazy. The spectators have all the information that she does not have about the psychopath: she lives as a ghost who finds it difficult to open her soul.

She is obsessed with catching the person who set out to make the freed pay their pain “ahead of time.” That one, and the performances, like Ugarte’s and Blanca Portillo, in the skin of his mother, are two of the pillars of this story with a thriller slant. And with backdrop link.

At 36 years old, and with a trajectory sustained by several successes, he understands that the achievement of Parot It is based on the fact that “it does not speak of the good or the bad. Talk about pain. And of pain treatment. At the end it is a good opportunity to ask yourself if the people who have committed a crime and caused so much pain deserve a second chance “.

The flashbacks of the series reveal Isabel's past, which she hides.

The flashbacks of the series reveal Isabel’s past, which she hides.

And, as a preliminary dose, he says that, “on the other hand, there is the world of obsessive disorders, such as anxiety attacks or fatter things that are installed in our life and that, well, maybe out of laziness , fear or modesty, are not treated, like the fact of self-medicating “.

Immediately Ugarte puts a conjunctural framework to the premiere: “I think that this crisis that the pandemic has generated has put us on a similar starting box: How real was our life until now, was it the one you wanted or did you shape it to please society? Extreme moments are opportunities to, in a very sensitive and aggressive way, ask ourselves a little about our day to day “.

-Seeing the ten episodes, and regardless of how good it is, I could define it as an uncomfortable series.

-Of course, here they serve you the food as is and you chew it as you want. If you want, let’s go. I think that generates different points of view, generates controversy, generates frictionAnd that seems brave to me. And interesting.

-And that you got an antiheroine, according to fiction manuals. A possible girl, according to life.

-I did not pretend that Isabel liked me or that the public empathized with me. The other way around: if it was necessary to build an unpleasant woman, who through her own pain or mismanagement of pain would create a shell that would turn out to be unpleasant, she was going to do it. And I did it. He is not a complacent character. He is not afraid of falling ill. At times she acts like a religious fanatic.

With her gaze fixed on her child, the mother of an adolescent, she explains that “being part of the police force is their reason for being and is their best hiding place. For her the law is the law and it is not discussed. That is a very good excuse not to reflect on your pain. I do not know if it is said like that in Argentina, but he is a character who practices the flight forward all the time “.

For Ugarte, “Isabel continues, and goes, always accumulating emotional failures with her daughter, with her mother, with herself, with her classmates, because she is very afraid to stop and assume that she is not well.”

Victim and perpetrator, although the characters create a role change.  Controversial series.

Victim and perpetrator, although the characters create a role change. Controversial series.

-On the outside it is seen that he is trying to rearm his moral map …

-She goes forward because she does not want to be in the present. And much less in the past. I do not know if it has such moral quality. What he has is a deep fear.

-It seems that it does not have a map drawn up in view, but in the domino effect it is ordering its links.

-Well, yes, let’s say that little by little it begins to order. Because the framework that surrounds her was so unfair and so terrible, and all that sadistic plot that is created around her, of psychological abuse (she talks about when her abuser is free, but better not spoilear), that when that is resolved she appears as if she were a victim.

-It was a victim.

– Yes, but it does not have a very refined ethics.

-The issue is that the viewer has all the information about your character, which your character does not have.

-That’s true.

-Far from the pretty girls that fiction has given you, Isabel led him to a very remarkable physical transformation.

-That’s like the course I’m trying to go now with my characters, towards an increasingly powerful transformation.

-Here you can see a suffering face, neither pretty nor ugly. Do you get out of characters like this easily or do they leave you burdened?

-They leave me a burden and they are also liberating. That’s whyIt is very important to do therapy with a professional. I do it. It helps me a lot to get out of the characters, to thank them, to pick up what has been useful and say no to what is not you. In this case it was a day-to-day job with my therapist where he said ‘I am not Isabel. I have my anxiety, but this is not mine. ‘

Ugarte was the protagonist of "The time between seams."

Ugarte was the protagonist of “The time between seams.”

He acknowledges that in working with his analyst “there was a constant task of separating, because when the stories are so deep, and so close to all of us, and have so many points in common with our lives, sometimes it costs more. When it is a drama more detached it is easier to leave. But, when they are close stories, it costs “.

-Was this one touched you by a particular experience or by the different emotional lines in general?

-Let’s say that by the different emotional lines. I never intended for him to forgive her. I think she is a very clumsy woman and does not want to ask for help. Well, the series talks about human imperfections. This is how we are.

-Let’s go to the one you went to. Do you recognize yourself in that girl?

-I am more and more what I wanted to be.

-And what did you want?

-Actually, I add something to you: I am more and more what I wanted to be, although I did not know it then. I thought I wanted to be an actress and that’s it, and now I know what I wanted was to be free.

Pandemic confessions

Adriana Ugarte sounds solid and natural on the other side of the screen, in a house that looks cozy: “I lived the pandemic here, where I receive you. I spent it alone, with my dogs. And I had a good time, all in all ”.

Pedro ALmodóvar and Adriana Ugarte at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Pedro ALmodóvar and Adriana Ugarte at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

-In many people there is a need to tell what they learned at this time. From emotional things to sourdough recipes and DIY … Did you learn anything?

-Me I took up the piano, which suited me very well. AND I learned to control the oven in my house. Well, I actually found out that the oven was broken and I wasn’t the one burning the biscuits. My oven was not good and I did not want to see it.

-How was it resolved?

-Buying a new oven.

-And how do the cakes come out now?

-Too good, they could continue to burn, it would have been better for my health.

-With the piano, are you in a situation where you could play on a birthday and show off?

-In a total hobby situation. If it’s a party for three people, yes, if not, I get nervous.

-You sit down and … does a Beethoven come out, put it?

– A Chopin comes out, which I like a lot. Oh, how curious what you tell me, because during the pandemic I prepared myself trying to get Moonlightby Beethoven. I am not surprised by the connections between people, but they do surprise me. And I like them.

Thinking about that supposed birthday party for three, he says that he would also rehearse “something more funky. And the super challenge would be to learn to play jazz”.

While the tablet was recovering cold, the talk was gaining warmth. From there he shares that that hairstyle with “very short hair was for the filming of Ferocious wolf, film that will be released at the end of the year. It was a beastly physical transformation. And now I’m shooting a series called Wounds, adaptation of the Japanese series Mother”.

His dogs are out there, who “I prepare homemade food”, Maia Y She. And the piano awaits her upstairs, for a new challenge, as she calls it: My Funny Valentine I’m dying of joy ”. Ugarte is unlike almost any of his fictional creatures. Nor, luckily, like many figures that mark distance even if there is no ocean.


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