Your movie Beware
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
Beware is about a boy who was chained to a tree in the forest years ago,
and left to die by his murderous father, but he survived. Then he wanders in
the wilderness with the chains fused to his body. My character is one heck
an antisocial being, who seeks revenge for what his dad did to him.
How did you get involved in the project
in the first place?
I attended the casting for the character of
Gabriel; however, a few days later, the director (Jason Daly [Jason
Daly interview - click here]) called me to
offer the role of Shane. Thank God I booked it. It was very exciting for
me, I almost could not believe it.
As I'm supposing you have never had
any experiences that remotely resemble Shane's in Beware
- how do you prepare for such a role, what do you draw from?
Once I had the script in my hands, I read it and loved it. To build the character of Shane, I started
to analyze the reason why he killed his victims. I started thinking about
what his thought-process would be like, how he walked, what were his
motives and why would
he act the way he does. Also, I pay particular attention to scenes
where he puts himself in danger.
honestly, how much fun was it to get in touch with your dark side for a
while and chase a bunch of kids through the countryside?
LOL It was totally new to
me. To give life to a murderer I needed to be in the dark side - I guess
the opposite of what I am. I mean, I could not imagine what it would be like
to live in the dark side for such a long time, but once the camera stopped
rolling, we would go back to being ourselves and had a lot fun. I can say
we all enjoyed it.
essentially a slasher movie, is that a genre you can at all relate to?
I like that genre because I get the chance to
study the psychology of the bad characters to understand why they do the
things that they do. Those are very complex characters. Besides, that
complexity its what gives adrenaline and suspense to this genre, I believe.
can you tell us about the shoot itself and the on-set atmosphere?
shoot was amazing -; it was done in a very professional way
and they knew what they were
doing and what they wanted. Besides, the atmosphere working with the crew
was very enjoyable, it felt as if we were a big family.
few words about your director Jason Daly [Jason
Daly interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Jason is one of the best
directors I've worked for. He knows what you want and know how to get the
most of all stakeholders. Working with him was a very nice experience, I
learned a lot. We all worked together as the team that we were supposed to
be - sometimes, we began shooting scenes late afternoon and often ended up
shooting until like 5 in the morning. We didn’t stop ‘till everything was in
Let's go back to the beginnings of your career:
What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any
formal education on the subject?
I have taken many acting workshops in Mexico, Los Angeles and currently
Miami where my current
coach is the Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza.
Do you still remember
your first time in front of a moviecamera, and what can you tell us about
That was when I was 16, I
was an extra for a movie. They were rolling in my country. I was very
impressed to see the camera, lights, a full production and all.
What can you tell us about your movie-
and TV-work before and since Beware
- and are there any future projects you'd like to talk about?
I played a role in a movie that was
called La Estafa - my character was a lawyer. Also, I have worked on
a couple of soap operas playing small characters for
Telemundo Network (NBC).
Two weeks ago, we started shooting a new movie called La Esfera de
Marfil in Miami in which I’m the main antagonist,; a big
would you describe your approach to acting as such?
From all the acting lessons
and techniques learned, I took the ones that best worked for me. I focused
on Shane’s past to understand his present. I understood his way of
thinking and how he released all the anger and hatred.
dreamroles you'd just love to play, no matter how improbable?
I would like to play a
United States President or any political person.
(or indeed actresses) who inspire you?
... and of course, films your really deplore?
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Foremost thank you for this
interview. I'm very excited to be shooting Beware 2 soon!!
for the interview!