Daniela Ramírez, Platinum Award for Best Series Actress: "Isabel Allende's fight has given meaning to feminist discourses that are very latent today"

Daniela Ramírez, Platinum Award for Best Series Actress: “Isabel Allende’s fight has given meaning to feminist discourses that are very latent today”

When you hear her name as the winner for Best Female Performance in a Miniseries or TV Series, Daniela Ramirez He does not know if he is in Madrid during the IX Platino Awards ceremony, or if this is one of the many films he has starred in in his dreams. If she had already been surprised by the nomination, the fact of imposing herself on figures like MMercedes Moran, Candela Pena and Maribel Verdú makes it even more impressive. He lets out a liberating cry so as not to have to pinch himself, he brings his hands to his face in a useless effort to contain the emotion and rushes towards the stage, while receiving applause from his colleagues.

There are a few seconds in which the film of her life passes: motherhood at 16, the difficulties of her beginnings in the profession, the small exploits that add up to make her one of the great talents of her generation. . With a tearful smile, she steps up to the microphone and shares her surprise with the world. She professes her admiration for the nominated colleagues, she thanks Isabel Allende, muse and reference, “always a revolutionary feminist since her beginnings”; it focuses on his family and in particular on his son Martín, “all my strength” and culminates with the Platinum awards for the valuation of his work. And he says goodbye with a few words in which he sums up his satisfaction: “Telling stories is a constant sacrifice that was worth it”.

Daniela Ramírez with the Platinum for Best Actress in a Film Miniseries

TV show sat down exclusively with the actress to uncover some of the secrets to building her brilliant character. At 37, she has a long career that reflects much of her country’s recent political and social history, such as Kill Pinochet, Berko, the art of silence Is Cardinal’s Archives, these two stars together Benjamin Vicogne; and broke ratings highs with Amanda, the story of a teenager raped by three brothers in a town where she returns as a woman and in search of justice. In this context, interpreting Isabel Allende was only a matter of timefor her eagerness to know and rethink the history of her country and also for her gender activism, which sees in the writer a pioneer in a struggle whose fruits are beginning to be seen.

Isabella (Amazon Prime) is a three-part miniseries that chronicles the author’s life with a focus on two key moments. Her debut as an editor in the Paula Magazine of the 1960s changed, where from the acute observation of her daily life, she embraced and spread a feminist discourse on which almost everything was yet to be written. And this reflects the maturity of Isabelle who, between uprooting, persecution, exile and frustration, shaped the most read Spanish-speaking living writer, confronted with life with the cruel illness that her daughter Paula is going through. And on both sides of this maze is Daniela facing the greatest challenge of her profession.the one he thanked with tears before the eyes of Ibero-America, and which he shares with this medium, with the deep satisfaction of knowing that he has chosen the right path.

— What was it like playing a character as representative as Isabel Allende and at two very different times in her life?

—It was intense, and I loved what happened with the work. I think the most complex dramatic arc was done and I took on the giant challenge of having to play a 50-year-old. There, I saw something different in my work, which surprised me later, which has the weight of age. Because beyond the characterization, I’m not going to be 50 years old, but I feel that there is a weight that has to do with the story, with the story of Isabel Allende which begins as a young determined, restless woman, more of a girl, until she reaches this woman who has already been through the most terrible thing that can happen to you in life, which is being in this scenario where you have a sick child and death is here.

Trailer for Isabel, Chilean mini-series with Daniela Ramírez

—You have a well-known feminist position and activism. How did you feel playing this Isabel from the 60s, when this movement began to build in the region, which has become very strong in recent years both in Chile and in Argentina?

—I saw that this fight started a long time ago and it happened to me that it has given meaning to certain discourses that are very latent today and that we women are trying to defend. I think pointing out in that context that we’re talking about Chile, the hard times, the dictatorship, that she had that voice, and she dared to use the metaphor in those stories that she did in Paula Magazine , to talk about and judge men by their macho behaviors, I think that’s great. Isabel Allende surprised me at every step because she has never released this speech, which is what mobilizes her and with which many women also identify.

—You met Isabel while filming. Did this influence anything during the construction of the character?

—For me, it was special, a gesture in which we were both saying: “I have your story, you have my story”, “I am in your hands, you are in my hands”. It was a motivating impulse and very moving too, because it made me feel like she is a simple, normal and simple woman.. It’s very comfortable to be with her, I didn’t see a spectacle, as I had preconceived, or what my imagination said of Isabel Allende. It wasn’t so sacred, he spoke to me with real simplicity, which allows you to speak, to open up, to be yourself and that gave me a lot to be able to act.

Daniela Ramírez on the red carpet, minutes after receiving her award

Daniela Ramírez on the red carpet, minutes after receiving her award

—In the Cardinal’s Records and Berko, the art of silence you worked with Benjamín Vicuña, who, as you know, is a leading figure in our country. How is your relationship with him?

-With Benjamin we met when we did the show The Cardinal Files, which was my first audiovisual work on television and of which I have the best impressions. We have a complicity in which we function. I love working with him, he is supportive, generous, he is a friend. And we had fun too, that’s something important: the real complicity between the two of us beyond the sense of action

– When will we see you play for Argentina?

—I love Argentina, its culture, its way of being, so spontaneous. It fascinates me every time I go there and I wish I could work there. It’s out of my hands, but I’d love to.

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