Like a fiery Ariana, Mary Alvarez She felt the need to take on a new challenge as an actress after furthering her career in local theater and cinema. The approval of a five-year pilot project for Showtime – before the pandemic – led to her being put on a plane bound for Los Angeles. Then he said, “We left.”
In March 2020, everything came to a halt, but making the pilot brought her closer to an important talent agency, and that was also an opportunity she didn’t miss due to her turbulent personality.
He came to Mecca for American cinema as an apprentice, to the point of having to learn to audition. “I had to learn many things and in this aspect it was important for me, in my career as an interpreter, to explore this other world which I did not know, but I do not deny that there is a lot of anxiety involved”He confessed while greeting a psychiatrist who visits him religiously once a month to stay focused on his path.
“It’s so easy to take off and say, ‘This is crazy,'” she continues.
After dozens, if not hundreds of auditions — the stage you now assume is a workshop to stay active while the phone rings for a second audition — four Wednesdays ago her name appeared among the cast on the new series. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney +) in the newly released short film stigma And in local cinemas with the film chopping forward.
You definitely have to keep going.
“There’s something vital about being here, about the dynamics of the city, that is, if you’re not involved in that (the tests), there are others who are in that for a long time,” he explains. “I needed this challenge, my body demanded it. My soul requested it and here we are, still learning.”
in the series Obi-Wan Kenobi Corran’s mother Nyche embodies the “force sensitive” child, who could become the next Jedi. It’s a character that you come to discover more as a watcher of the series than as a translator, in part because of Disney’s secrecy.
“It was so exciting after so many no’s. This was, ‘Okay, I can’t take it off, I have to keep working for what I want and it catches my eye'”says over the phone.
It came a long time later, as he auditioned with scripts and characters that had nothing to do with galaxies. “The first character I tried was a boss, one was a politician, one was a mom, and one was a censor, so it’s not related to (sci-fi/fantasy), it’s real characters, and it’s interesting, because even though it’s a science fiction universe, they’re They make you audition for everyday characters, so you don’t really know what you’re testing for.”
When he finds himself in the enormity of a movie studio, with technology created to bring the world in which the series is set, starring Ewan McGregor, directed by Deborah ChowIt was her pride that moved her, she lost her “nerve on the edge”, and she even gave herself the opportunity to play on stage alongside the comedian, Kumail Nanjianione of his favourites.
“When we have a fellow actor in the game, it helps, because you get into the game and get the nerves out through the game, so I thank him, and everyone in the world that I played in, all of my teammates were great.”
According to the secrecy required by the production house, he does not dwell on the development of his character in future episodes, although it leaves good doubts.
“We’ll see her there,” he says without further ado, “because she lives in that world where they’re trying to save those Jedi.” “The series is good, it’s very cinematic, it’s like a feature film.”
It is necessary to give priority to local production
Marisé Álvarez is convinced that domestic production, for television or cinema, can compete at the level of projects like the one she just undertook under the Disney umbrella.
At first glance, you don’t have the technology or the studio in the same proportions, but that’s not the case in any creative movie destination either, he warns. For this, a budget is needed, because there are artistic, technical and production talents to choose from.
“What we miss in the national cinema is that the government gives us priority in terms of tax breaks and in terms of budget, so that we have more capacity for economic resources, because cinema is very expensive,” he says.
It does not refuse to grant tax breaks to foreign products that choose Puerto Rico as a filming destination, because it is fueled by that, “but it is important that we give the same or more importance to domestic projects.”
Celebrating “Picking Ahead”
The first film, directed by Teatro Brave, arrives in cinemas. chopping forwardstill driven, for the success it represents for what she considers to be her creative family.
“It’s a very important project, because it belongs to the group I’ve been working with for 16 years, and the fact that a theater project has been maintained for so long in Puerto Rico is really an achievement, and that within the project we can challenge ourselves. To keep exploring, it’s a gift,” he shares.
chopping forward It is still on the billboard in Caribbean cinemas.