Our New Fav Almodovar Woman, Blanca Suarez
Ever since I was a little girl, I watched Pedro Almodovar films, and learned about womens’ dark quirky sides through his humorous (and unapologetic) mind’s eye. Sure, his females were a mess, but they were sexy and fearless all at the same time.
Meet Blanca Suarez, one of the stars of Pedro’s new film opening this week, I’m So Excited. The plot follows a plane malfunction that threatens the lives of every passenger, all of whom consequently confess their sins to one another (insert mayhem). Blanca has already turned heads with her jaw-dropping performance in Almodovar’s previous film, The Skin I Live In.
I met up with Blanca in Soho to chat about her exploding career, and asked if she cared to conquer Hollywood a’la Penelope Cruz. ”It’s not a goal, but an option,” says the breathtaking beauty. “And it’s part of a bigger dream which would be to work all over the world.” Hope to see you soon on this side of the pond, Blanca!
Jauretsi: How does it feel to be an Almodovar woman?
Blanca Suarez: I don’t know how to answer really that question… but one thing [I’ve learned] is that for Pedro to let you into the circle, to trust you, you have to open up totally and entirely to him and to believe what he says. To be able to get the results that he’s gotten with women, you have to believe what he does, even if there’s a lot of suffering and a lot of tears, and be totally open to his direction.
J: How did you get started in acting?
BS: When I was little, I took theater classes and of course I always had a dream of acting, of being in films, but I knew it was very complicated so it wasn’t something that I put all my energy into. I was at a little school and I did other things too and then one day I did a test and they picked me and from that moment I said “Wait a second, this isn’t that hard.” So, in a sense, I didn’t have to really work that hard at it. It just sort of happened.
J: What do you do on your off time?
BS: Actually, I just try to rest more than anything. I try to just turn off and go on auto pilot. I go to the movies a lot and, more than anything, just try to rest and take a vacation. If I do stuff, I might do a lot of things, but all improvised, just sort of spur of the moment.
J: What was the most educational moment as an actress under the guidance of Pedro?
BS: There’s no specific moment on the set, but definitely months later being at home and starting to reflect on what you did and becoming aware of what you did. You feel proud of what you did, maybe a little bit unsure because months later you think “Oh, I might have done this thing differently. I might have made different choices.” It’s a feeling somewhere between pride, excitement, and emotion that you have worked with someone like Pedro and realizing only afterwards. It’s also that beautiful moment, which actually happens a lot when you’re promoting a film months or a year later, and you’re seeing all the people you worked with again and it brings back all the memories of doing the film. At the same time, you’re realizing when you’re done with this promotion, you’re done, the film is over.
J: What do you most want to see in New York?
BS: The first time I came, some years ago now, I saw all the obligatory things… Empire State, for example. On this trip I’m just trying to walk a lot, not necessarily see the cultural or touristy things… see what real life in the city is like.
J: Have you ever had any close calls on an airplane before?
BS: After seeing the film, I think if I did have a close call I would handle it in a different way. I think panic could be transformed into something else.
I’m So Excited opens in theaters Friday, June 28
(Photo: 1. Photo and Text by Jauretsi 2/3. Film stills courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic)