August 2, 2021

Malena Alterio, ‘funny girl’ | Cultura

A portrait of Malena Alterio.Carlos Spottorno

“We live surrounded by uncertainty, fear and, luckily, laughter,” says Malena Alterio, one of the actresses who best combines humor and drama. In Pamplona I was rolling Mirror, mirror, the new film by Marc Crehuet. “I discovered it with his first work, The one-eyed king, which then went on to the movies. From the second I can only say that the characters manage to speak with their reflections in the mirror, until those stuntmen rebel. It’s a very smart comedy, very Woody Allen. I love Marc how he writes, how he directs, his gaze ”.

“When I was a kid and I started studying theater with Cristina Rota, drama was going on, and many laughed,” says the actress.

But the movie stopped because a colleague caught the coronavirus. “We have two weeks of filming left, and in Barcelona we will resume the final part. Then I go back to the theater ”. I underline that phrase, because I have not seen it on stage since 2018, with The parallel universes, by David Lindsay-Abaire, in Spanish, directed by David Serrano. “Then a lot of series, Shame, Ladies of (h) AMPA, and now I am again with Luis Bermejo, preparing Those who speak, written and directed by Pablo Rosal. A funny and strange text: a comedy that does not seem like it. How do two characters have to speak to understand each other? It will be at La Abadía, from October 22 to November 8. And then we go to the Teatro del Barrio, which produces. Through the neighborhood it came to Luis, and it fascinated us ”.

We talk about comedy. I tell him that one of his jobs that I laughed the most with was the bad girl from Achuús, an adaptation of stories by Chejov by Carles Alfaro, in La Latina. I ask him where that comic streak comes from. “That’s weird,” she tells me, “because when I was a kid and I started studying theater with Cristina Rota, drama was going on, and many laughed. So maybe my comic part came a bit to my regret: mysteries! ”.

“My outstanding debt is to step on a stage in Argentina, and return to Spain with a montage from there,” he says.

Malena Alterio was born in Buenos Aires, but arrived in Madrid in 1974: she was eight months old. “Very bad times, especially for my parents, who had to be persecuted by the military. So my training was closely linked here, but the poison of the theater was put into me by Cristina Rota and my aunt, Norma Bacaicoa. And my parents, of course. Curiously, I have done theater with Veronese [Los hijos se han dormido, que era una versión de La gaviota, y Tolcachir [Emilia], but only in Spain: my pending debt is to step on a stage in Argentina, and return to Spain with a montage from there, although it is obvious that times are difficult. But I don’t give up, because I love the theater. The bitch is that you can’t see your teammates. The stage had to have some flaw! ”.

Speaking of comedy and theater, I go crazy (although not as much as it seems) and I tell him that there is a character that would suit him: Hildy Johnson, who in the cinema was Rosalind Russell in Luna nueva (His Girl Friday, Howard Hawks, 1940. Does anyone dare to produce?