REVISTA DE MILENIO – The actress has a lot to celebrate… She is currently the most sought-after Latin American in Hollywood and is about to complete a decade of artistic career. She talks about that and more.
Adria Arjona is today the Latina with the most promising career in Hollywood, a title that doesn’t seem to matter to her. She maybe she hasn’t even noticed. She also doesn’t seem to realize how quickly time has passed when she told him that this year she celebrates 10 years of acting career. Adria has spent all this time completely focused, and to many it might seem like her success is sudden, but nothing could be further from the truth. And yes, she just appeared in Morbius alongside Marvel’s Jared Leto, which makes her one of the very few Latinas to appear in this universe; she will soon be seen in the remake of The Father of the Bride alongside Diego Boneta (directed by Gaz Alazraki) and she will star later this year in the Star Wars series Rogue One with Diego Luna.
Interviewing her was like talking to a friend, with that honesty and naturalness. During the shooting in Los Angeles at Desert Cyc, I can say that she was one of the sweetest, nicest and most cooperative people I have ever worked with, even after hours of shooting in the hot sun. Adria is someone who in minutes shows you that she knows herself and therefore knows what she wants and goes for it. Although she doesn’t usually talk much about her father, the singer Ricardo Arjona, it was funny when, while taking a picture of him in a car, a song of his was randomly played, a moment that made her very happy and she couldn’t help it. smile.
In addition to the projects already mentioned, the actress debuts as the protagonist and producer of Los Frikis, a film about the true story of some teenagers who contracted AIDS on purpose in the 1990s to escape oppression in Cuba. “I think that so far it may be one of my favorite movies, it was something magical that everyone had to see. We flew people from Cuba to film in the Dominican Republic and it was a moment where I just wanted to stay in that bubble. Seeing what life is like from another perspective was the most incredible gift. It is a movie that honestly changed my life, I am very happy that people see what this whole team created, ”she confessed to me excitedly. This is just the prologue to the successful and inspiring career that I predict and wish for Adria.
Acting in Morbius makes you a part of cinematic history. How was the preparation process and what was the greatest lesson that it left you?
The preparation was to work a lot with the director Daniel Espinoza and mold the character because Martine exists in the comics as the secretary of Doctor Morbius and in this version I am a doctor along with him. It was to make the character more intelligent, empowered and interesting, which is why I started seeing interviews of women who speak with such conviction. I talked a lot with my aunt who is a doctor in order to understand the compassion with which Martine views medicine, but it was a role that she was actually very nervous about. The greatest lesson she left me, without a doubt, would be to speak with conviction, Martine is not afraid to say what she thinks and clings to her intelligence. Sometimes because I’m embarrassed I keep quiet and now, after her, I feel safer to say what I want.
Do you see yourself reflected in Martine Bancroft?
Martine is a version of me, but much higher, I always work like this. I try to be a little more like her and I think that in the end the character was left with a side more of me after finishing the film.
What has been your most desired goal since you began your career as an actress?
There are so many moments. I turn to see the past and I think I would never have imagined reaching the point I have reached, it makes me very nostalgic. I never thought I would have this, not as a career, but as a person because I have changed so much from traveling so much and meeting the most amazing people. That’s what I’m left with, how I’ve learned so much.
Tell us about the teachings you took from your father throughout your life. How do they present themselves in your career?
They are completely different races. I always ask my dad for advice, but it’s personal, father-daughter advice, and it’s very special to me. He has helped me a lot, as have my mom and my brothers. In the end, my motivation is always to make them feel proud of me and to continue representing the Arjona family in another world, in Hollywood. I have learned a lot from him, but I manage my career in the way that suits me because at the end of the day the one who is choosing these characters is me.
You are a fusion of Latin blood: you were born in Puerto Rico, your family is Guatemalan, you grew up in Mexico and you lived in Miami…
I feel super proud to be Latina, I will always feel that way. I am a little bit from everywhere, I feel that I carry many flags with me and I have learned a lot culturally from each place. I am proud to speak Spanish, to have connections in each of these countries, and my responsibility as a Latina is to try to tell more of their stories and change the narrative.
And speaking of that narrative… how do you seek to change it for the better?
The only thing I can do is tell the story of different women and teach or reintroduce to the world what a Latina is. We are blood from different places and I think they have put us as one, that’s why when I say I’m Latina they always classify me as a woman of strong character, but I don’t think that’s true. The important thing is to be able to say that we are different and versatile women, that we are not one single thing. That is my goal and I do it by choosing projects and producing films that tell other kinds of stories.
You are a Latin icon, what impact do you want to leave on the new generations?
That if I made it, they too. I really celebrate that there are more Latin Americans in Hollywood and I am sure that right now is the time for Latinos. My advice would be don’t let anyone put you in a box, do what your heart tells you and don’t be told how to do things. Tell your story!
Your campaign with Armani Beauty has a particular focus on sustainability. What impact are you looking to achieve?
You have a responsibility in your personal life to change, and in my case not only because I am part of the brand, it goes further. It’s the small things of everyday life, for example if I go to the beach and I see garbage I start to clean it, if I see a bottle of water in the park, I recycle it. We have a house among all humanity, we must take care of it. In my personal life, I not only try to associate with like-minded people, but also to share information that I am sure can make a change on the planet.
This year you celebrate 10 years of career, congratulations! how you feel?
Wow 10 years! I feel like he feels so much longer. In this time I have grown a lot as an actress and as a person, they have been years of many opportunities, of working with incredible directors, they have not been able to put me in a box and I would like to continue like this. I want to continue working on things that make me grow, that scare me, continue giving life to characters that challenge me. Today I am sure that I want to open more doors for all that Latin American talent and make it a little easier for them than it was for me.