The past August 5, the 32 Chilean miners, and one Bolivian miner, celebrated with their loved ones the fifth anniversary of one of the most famous landslides in the history- The San José Mine collapse, localized in the middle of the desert in Chile, which trapped the 33 miners in 2,040 feet deep in 69 days.
It also will commemorate this anniversary with the release of the thriller entitled ‘The 33’, in which participate the Chilean actress and singer María José de Pablo, whom La Raza met during her visit to Chicago to promote the film.
At the young age of 14, Maria José de Pablo, better known by her stage name Cote de Pablo, and was co-host of the Univision television program ‘Control’, and 20 years later, we see her on the big screen playing Jessica Salgado, the pregnant wife of Alex Vega, one of the 33 miners who were trapped in the mine.
After leaving the protagonist role as Ziva David on ‘NCIS’, the most watched drama on US television, and being an integral part of the cast of the television series for eight years, what was the most fun thing into participate in a movie?
“The irony of life is that in the movie ‘The 33” I’m singing and I have always identified myself more with being a singer than being an actress and the fact I can make a Hollywood movie that is recorded in Chile and is based on a Latin American story of survival and faith. “
Many of your followers haven’t known you are Latina. How do you feel to have the opportunity to play a Chilean woman and give the chance to your ‘fans’ from ‘NCIS’ or the TV series ‘The Dovekeepers’ hear you speak Spanish?
“I am Chilean, I was raised in Chile and I am one of those people who are the face of America today; with a culture and a language other than English, and I feel very proud to be American and live so long here and I’m also completely very Latin American”.
Why it was decided to make the film in English and not in Spanish?
“It was already made it in Chile with Chilean budget and Chilean actors. Not that it’s better or worse, but there is a much larger budget to make an international Hollywood movie with spectacular explosions, and I don’t see it as anything negative because they are telling a Latin American story”.
How did you prepare for the role of Jessica Salgado, wife of a miner who embody the Spanish actor Mario Casas?
“I couldn’t lose even a pound and had the license to eat what I wanted and I gained like 7 or 8 kilos (15 or 17 lb) and I did it because I did not want to be the stereotype of the pregnant woman in Hollywood which looks like a stick”.
¿Did you shared with the miners and their families?
“Yes, many of the miners’ families, to earn a little bit money, worked as ‘extras’ and they are the people you see in the scenes outside, under an amazing sun because we were filming in the summer and was hot in the desert. So anytime we needed some emotional counsel to develop an emotional scene all we had to do was turn around and talk to a person who lived it”.
What you can see in the film that may not be reported in the news?
“The conflict of the people who were on the ground trying to implement all the knowledge they had to get these 33 men and how they failed, but they kept trying”.
Spanish interview HERE