NOSOTROS LOS NOBLES
Karla Souza -- Barbara Noble
"What gave Karla the part is the fact that it became easy to her to make me laugh
though out her whole casting session. I had to hide myself behind the computer
to be able to laugh freely. Without the right actor you can't get to the comedy,"
Gaz talks about Karla.
The actress immediately became fond of the story and the message, she felt it
very present and very universal. Young people could see it as well as their
friends and family. But she was also drawn to it because it spoke about true
sacrifices, hard work and fighting for something greater in life; that the film had
something to say without giving a lecture on how to aspire to doing something
more of oneself, it spoke to the young people in Mexico.
"I also wanted to take a chance on new talent, debut films in Mexico. The most
part of the films I have worked in are debut films like The Tequila effect and
Suave Patria. I had heard about the surname Alazraki, in Publicity, but when I
got offered the script I researched who he was, where he had studied film, his
ideas on filmmaking, I talked to many people about it. When I realized Gary had
a good foreseeable future as a director, I immediately signed on. As an actor
you want to become your director's muse or the actress he loves to work with,"
The coincidences on the actors' life with their characters also took part in the her
involvement. "I was peculiar how Gonzalo Vega -- who played our father -- had
actually been very sick with cancer in real life and decided to come back to acting
for this film. I had recently lost my father to cancer. I realized that it would be
very interesting and formative to actually connect in this movie and work on that
father-daughter relationship and share what we had learned along the way about
family and life. It was very exciting for me to know that Gonzalo would come
back to film with Nosotros los Nobles (We are the Nobles)," the actress
comments on her relationship with Vega.
I also knew that Luis Gerardo Mendez, a dear friend of mine, was in on the
project. I trust him and his work very much and I love working with him, and this
also influenced my decision of working in the film," Souza confesses.
What finally convinced her to jump aboard and close the deal was the experience
of the Producers Leonardo Zimbron and Raymundo Diaz-Gonzalez, given that
they were professionals and had vastly worked on very interesting and important
film projects before.
Souza did not want to parody real life, but base her acting in Life. She
researched for the part, watching a lot of videos on the Internet, especially the
one about the 'Ladies of Polanco', that vastly circulated in social media. Two
young women supposedly of the high class that were caught on camera drunk
and mistreating a police officer that was only doing his job by pulling them over in
a high end street in Polanco, Mexico City. She also went to places the
'Princesses' usually go to.
"Gary coordinated a night out where we all went to a very high end night club,
very popular and trendy at the time in Mexico City. Here we saw all the
characters in the movie. The lifestyle in which "Mirrreybook.com", or myluxury.it
or even "rich kids on Instagram" are based. There, I started to study the behavior
of the girls and most of the time I was in the bathroom, where I knew I would
catch most of the conversations between them and watch their attitudes closely.
I was there for like two hours."
"I even stroke up a conversations with the cleaning lady in the bathroom 'How
ong have you worked here?' -- Oh! At least 10 years, I've been working in night
clubs tending the bathrooms'. That is when I asked her ' What is the most
common factor that you see in these women' -- 'First of all, they are always
complaining about someone; the boyfriend, or their father mostly. They are tipsy
or drunk and they start complaining that her father wants her home, of that the
boyfriend looked at another woman. You can tell these girls have a huge void.
They feel fatter than they truly are, they have defects that only they see when
they look in the mirror,' she told me." Souza recalls.
This is what helped her know her character's limitations, she did not want to
exaggerate Barbara, but she also wanted her to BE a 'Princess', without any
doubt, she had to find the perfect balance for the character to be believable. But
even harder a challenge was not to make the audience hate her, because she
was the leading lady.
"Gary wanted me to make her detestable but I gave him the example of Goldi
Hawn on Overboard; she starts out being a detestable character but she is truly
endearing. She ends up being a lovable person and falls in love with Kurt
Russell's character and cares very much for his children. And that is why we had
to make this character funny and mild in order to not make her the antagonist.
She had to become a spoiled girl and her frivolity, her situation had to make you
laugh. She truly has no idea of what happens outside her crystal bubble," Karla
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