She was a femme fatale in the 90s and shone in film, theater and television. However, 8 years ago he understood that his life needed a change, he left the environment and moved to Villaguay, Entre Ríos, to take charge of a gas station that his father managed.. In an intimate conversation with THE NATION, Sandra Ballesteros tells why she made the decision to say goodbye to acting, says that she now feels happy to sing with a Catholic Charismatic Renewal prayer group, and reveals a project that makes her very happy: adopting a boy or a girl between 10 and 15 years old.
“I always wanted to be a mother, but the conditions were not met to sponsor“, be sincere. Little by little and almost without realizing it, her path was taking other directions and in recent years she had accepted few acting jobs. “The last thing I did was a very nice job called oedipus.com with Pablo Alarcón, in El Tinglado,” he recalls.
-Why did you decide to say goodbye to the actress?
– Interiorly I felt that I needed another form of life, and that this other form of life asked to develop. It was something so definitive that when my father told me he had put the Villaguay gas station up for sale, I told him almost without thinking not to sell it, that I was going to take over. . He asked me, “Are you sure? “No,” I replied, but that was how I felt.
-How did it start again in Villaguay?
-It was a big change to move from Buenos Aires to Villaguay. My parents have lived in Entre Ríos for 28 years and I for 8 years. I had a quiet life in Buenos Aires, with other schedules, other habits, and that’s why it was not difficult for me to adapt to Villaguay, which disconnects at 12 p.m. and finds nothing. open until 5 p.m. They all take a nap even though I’m not used to it. For a few years I had a lifestyle that didn’t take me to the best places, but I was able to switch chips to healthier habits. And I didn’t want to work as an actress anymore.
“For a few years I had a lifestyle that didn’t take me to the best places, but I was able to switch chips to healthier habits. And I didn’t want to work as an actress anymore”
-Because? Do you feel like the medium has kicked you out?
– No, it has nothing to do with the medium but with me. I had already said goodbye to acting, in a way because I felt that I had to take another path, that I needed other times, another space.
-You took a trip to India a few years ago, did that also help you make this decision?
-It was in 2008, long before, but it was the beginning of the change; a request for a trail of my soul. I didn’t need as much exposure or “outside” transit, but I wanted to work with my inside. I’ve always been interested in helping out, I love helping out, but that’s not what we live for (laughs). He led meditation groups and he didn’t give me a peso because I didn’t mind getting paid. Yes in Villaguay the spiritual call was made through music, I lead a choir, I staged a live Via Crucis and a Pentecost with people from the area, who are not actors. For years I belonged to a prayer group called Abba Padre in the Santa Rosa de Lima church, and he belongs to the Charismatic Catholic Renewalwhich is a stream of the Catholic Church that invokes the Holy Spirit.
-Have you always been a believer?
-I have always been very mystical, but I had no religion. I am baptized, I did not want to take communion out of rebellion even though I have always believed in something higher. In India, I traveled thousands of miles to find the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the same temple where Krishna was, and my heart exploded. I had a lot of criticism until I understood that the church has all the problems of humanity because it is made by humans, and we are imperfect. At that time, I had a long list of complaints, but I opened myself to the grace of healing that can only come from above..
– Are you in a relationship?
-Not just for today (laughs). I live with two beautiful dogs and I’ve been waiting for something I’ve wanted for a long time to happen. I am in the process of adopting a boy or a girl between 10 and 15 years old.
-Being a mother has always been a wish or did it appear much later?
-Yes. I always wanted to be a mom, but I couldn’t because my spiritual and emotional state was out of sync. I think that, in a way, the conditions were not met to sponsor. Now, I do training workshops given by the Single Register of Guardianship Applicants for Adoption, where I registered two years ago as a single parent family applicant. It’s a wonderful project.
-Do you sometimes miss the scenes and film sets?
-Do not. I have a great life, I don’t miss anything about acting and if I missed it, I would come back because I never stopped doing everything I wanted.
-Have you received a job offer as an actress?
– At first, yes. And I know that if I put my energy into it, I can come back. But for now I have no interest.
Sandra Ballesteros’ days are spent in the small town of Villaguay, where she herself attends the downtown YPF, almost revamped in 2019. which we live, we do not exist. ; I want things to be better for everyone. I believe in God a lot, but he also has my hands and my honesty, and if I falter, I fail him,” he reflects. In addition, he has an organic garden from which he takes something every day. “It makes my food much more delicious and I can also donate it. In Buenos Aires I was vegan because I could devote more time to it and here I started eating meat because they invite you at a barbecue and you can’t say no. At least, out of respect for the animals. And I prefer to choose vegetables, fruits and legumes; In my fridge, meat is for dogs”, summarizes -he. Only child of Irma and Hector, Sandra visits them very often.
-What memories do you have of the actress Sandra?
-I liked to act a lot, to work in films, in the theater and not so much on television, because I always suffered from it. It made me very nervous and anxious that I didn’t have time to study, but I did it because it was a job. I preferred the theater and I especially remember the play Numantia, which we did to the Cervantes. It was beautiful and it is one of the most precious memories. And another that I cherish is the musical Nine, where I had a nice working group with whom we continue to meet, and among which are Elena Roger, María Roji, Mirtha Wons. I also have a special affection for I will resist, a novel that broke with many parameters, marred with gruesome themes, and was quite dark. And in the cinema, for all that it generated, I remember The dark side of the heart, by Eliseo Subiela, a film that has traveled far beyond what we thought. A symbolic film.
-Now you are more connected to the music…
-Over time, during my move to Villaguay I was drawn to the music of the prayer group. Music has always been in my life. Now I am interested in devotional music. I don’t wanna sing anything else that ain’t for God. It’s something that comes from my heart. I’m not a fan either, I listen to other music, but when I sing something for God, I’m transported to heaven, and I’m happy and fulfilled.