We continue with the celebration of the Senorita 89 premiere! Following our exclusive interview with Lucia Puenzo, we spoke with Natasha Dupeyrón, Barbara Lopez, Leidi Gutierrez, and Coty Camacho about the experience of bringing to a life empowered, brave women like Isabel, Dolores, Jocelyn, and Angeles. Ready?
Here we go!
Isabel, Dolores, Jocelyn, and Angeles are complicated characters because they have many edges, lights and shadows, so we’re curious to know how the actresses who give them life are similar and different from them and their answers are, without a doubt, interesting.
Natasha Dupeyrón confesses that “I don’t have many things similar to my character it was difficult for me not to judge her and understand where she wanted to go, her way of thinking for me was like why is she doing this?, and I had to look for the meaning of what she was saying because the things Isabel says are, in part, complicated and it was hard for me to understand where she was coming from. What I save about Isabel is that she’s very clear about where she wants to go and be faithful to what you need and want it’s something very beautiful, but I can’t find more similarities.”
Barbara Lopez shares that “I think I’m a person who gives a lot to the people I love, just like Dolores. As for the differences, I’m a person who likes to abide by the rules and Dolores is just the opposite, she doesn’t care about the rules and what people think and I do care a little.”
Leidi Gutierrez, for her part, comments that “I’m like Jocelyn in that great love she has for her family and how capable she is of doing so many things for her family, I would also do what she does for them, I would change some things, obviously,” — Leidi jokes —, “but I would give everything for my family. And what I don’t like about her…I’m not a religious person but I do believe in faith, which is having faith in yourself, in your family, in the values that they instilled in you…so that Jocelyn clung so much to her beliefs and their religion… I don’t share that.”
Coty Camacho explains that “the similarity that I have with my character is the strength that we both have, but, yeah, there’re things that puzzled me about her, that I had never experienced, such as her motherhood, it was not a topic to debate if I wanted to be a mother or not but the character allows me to experience being a single mother in a Mexico where everyone closes their doors to you for being a single mother. So it’s difficult to understand her, that conflict was very confrontational.”
We love knowing these secrets! On one hand, because of the decisions that the characters make or the way they face the hell they had to live through, it’s difficult to identify with these incredible women, but on the other hand, it’s surprisingly easy to put yourself in their place and know that you would do the same, however difficult or horrible it may be.
Digging into this a bit, in Senorita 89 we felt like the characters only find help in each other because everyone else fosters the hell they live in, so we asked the actresses to imagine their characters right in front of them, to know what they would say. And all of them are clear that the main thing would be to give them all their strength, their support and teach them the meaning of union.
Natasha Dupeyrón comments that she “would give her a couple of books on feminism and sorority and tell her that success is not about power, or about humiliating yourself or humiliating others.”
Barbara Lopez confesses that she “would tell her to trust her strength and that she can get ahead.”
Leidi Gutierrez adds “same as my partners, I think it’s something that the characters have in common. I would wish Jocelyn a lot of self-love and strength.”
Coty Camacho, for her part, tells us “I think I would take her by the hand, tell her to stay strong and keep sharing her love and taking it everywhere she goes and just…I want to support her all the time,” she confesses.
These responses demonstrate how each of them knows their characters, both their strengths and weaknesses, knowing what they need, even if the characters don’t.
That’s why they’re perfect for these characters, because of the way they understand them and strive to put themselves in their shoes, even when it’s uncomfortable and totally out of their comfort zone. We want more of Dolores, Angeles, Jocelyn, and Isabel and we want more of these talented women playing them.