Carmen Maura, a lucky star professionally who has ruined her personal life a lot

Carmen Maura, a lucky star professionally who has ruined her personal life a lot

MADRID. “I’m glad you’re in Madrid because I’m from here and I’m proud of my city,” she said. Carmen Maura which, for many people present at the press conference of the Platino awards for Ibero-American cinema and audiovisual, is synonymous with Spain, the films of Pedro Almodovar and yes, from his native Madrid. At 76, the actress who played the unforgettable Pepa of Women on the verge of a nervous breakdownin the Carmel of Ay Carmela! of Carlos Saura or the disturbed neighbor of The community d’Álex de la Iglesia, among many other unforgettable characters, says that the Platinum of Honor that will be awarded to him tomorrow at the awards gala “is good for him”. That even if we tell her that she doesn’t look like it – and it’s true – she is already the age she is and has no intention of retiring from the profession that she dared to undertake at 25, married, with a child and another on the way and at a time when being an actress “did not look good”.

Carmen Maura will receive the Platinum of Honor for her careerPlatinum Rewards

“Without that, I would have gone mad. I’m a little crazy but without acting it would have been much worse”, she explains to the delight of all those present that when they look at her they think of Spanish cinema but also of the many films and series that Maura shot in Latin America, including those she made in Argentina valentine by Alejandro Agresti and Arregui, the news of the day near Enrique Pinti. “My best friend in Argentina,” he says, looking up at the sky and encouraging questions, “because otherwise I would get involved.”

Carmen Maura in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Carmen Maura in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown filmaffinity

Thus, questioned about her journey, she speaks of luck, of gift after gift, of a guardian angel who guided her with no other apparent project than enjoyment. “I’m delighted to be an actress. It’s so beautiful, so fun and easier than all the other things I’ve done in my life”, she explains and is sincere: “I always found easy to imagine, to act, it came naturally to me since I was a child. . I have no studies but I always knew how to do it. And if I stopped playing, I’m sure that I would become bland. Besides, the camera does half the work for you, ”she says and provokes the laughter of the journalists invited to the press conference in which Mercedes Morán also watches her under the spell, a little later when she goes up on this same stage to thank the audience award for her role in The kingdomwill say that sharing this space with Maura was a long-awaited dream for her.

Carmen Maura, Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz and Blanca Portillo during the presentation of Volver at the Cannes Film Festival
Carmen Maura, Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz and Blanca Portillo during the presentation of Volver at the Cannes Film Festival

Almost as if it were a personal story about her life, the actress, born into a conservative Spanish family with ties to politics – her great-grandfather’s brother, Antonio Maura, was president of the Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. -, Not only does she talk about her career marked, according to her, by luck and coincidences and without a plan or premeditated scheme, but she insists on talking about the other Carmen. The one who didn’t have a very happy personal life when she started taking acting classes so she could finally dedicate time to what she loved since she was a girl when she studied at French high school exclusive of Madrid with no other life expectancy than fulfilling the family mandates of getting married and having children.

Carmen Maura reviewed her long and successful career
Carmen Maura reviewed her long and successful careerPlatinum Rewards

From these years of acting lessons was born a friendship that would change his life forever. “I was not very happy in my life and in this school I met Pedro (Almodóvar). We did each other a lot of good. At first he was an actor, but he was terrible At that time, many of our theater mates thought my thing with acting was a rich girl whim, but Pedro didn’t. He cast me for his first feature-Fuck…Fuck…Fuck me-, and at the time when he started making his films, in many cases the producers did not want me, but Pedro fought for me, ”recalls Maura and before anyone asks him on the famous argument he had with the director and the twenty years that passed without speaking or working together, she takes charge of the story. “In To come back, after twenty years without coffee, I got the performance he needed for the character. We all had goosebumps”, she explains and recognizes, once again, that the camera does half the work and that she understood how to stand in front of it from the first short film in which she participated. .

Alex de la Iglesia and Carmen Maura on the set of The Community
Alex de la Iglesia and Carmen Maura on the set of The Community

She doesn’t go into detail about her disagreements with Almodóvar, but you can guess something when she talks about the differences between the Pedro of her youth, the bad actor who wrote well and made her laugh when she didn’t have much reason. to do so, and the dedicated director, that of awards and worldwide recognition. “As a child, I had nothing and I was always happy. And now that he has everything, it’s harder for him. If she even has a lift in the production company, “he summarizes with the same self-confidence as a moment before he had said that looking now at the pictures of his past, he finally realized that “she was cute, at that time I did not know not that she was so cute”.

For many artists, an honorary prize like the one Maura will receive tomorrow invites us to review what has already happened, to exercise the muscle of nostalgia to take stock of the present and the past that has already passed. But the four-time Goya award-winning actress doesn’t find the idea very appealing because it would also involve reviewing her personal life. “On that side, the staff, I was very wrong. I made bad decisions, messed up a lot, especially with men, and I wasn’t the ideal mother either. And the truth is that with my career, I never planned anything. And all the balance I can do about it is something I think about from time to time when I see what I’ve done, all the places I’ve worked, how much fun I’ve had and that I still have fun. Sometimes I say to myself: “how lucky you were, my aunt”.

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