Eiza González has a resume that younger actors dream of — and he or she’s solely getting began.
The 31-year-old actress started her profession in Mexico, starring in her personal telenovela, Lola: Érase Una Vez, when she was in her late teenagers. She first garnered consideration within the U.S. after nabbing the position of Santánico Pandemonium in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and hasn’t appeared again ever since.
Appearing reverse main film stars like Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs & Shaw), Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver) and Vin Diesel (Bloodshot) in quite a few motion movies, she’s additionally lent her expertise to star-studded casts in Welcome to Marwen and Paradise Hills. However, González’s newest darkish comedy-thrill, I Care A Lot starring Rosamund Pike, is not like every other.
“I love seeing female characters on screen devoid of shame and who are unapologetic. It’s just refreshing,” González tells ET. “It’s like, ‘Oh wow, they are wickedly evil and they are enjoying every minute of it.’”
A Care a Lot follows Pike’s Marla, a girl who manipulates the courtroom into appointing her the authorized guardian of aged individuals to bilk them for every part they’re value. With the assistance of enterprise companion and lover Fran (González), they discover a rich retiree with seemingly no residing heirs or household. They quickly discover out they messed with the incorrect ward. Dianne Wiest and Peter Dinklage co-star.
Just just like the title of her movie, González cares loads; loads about her profession, taking dangers, breaking stereotypes and pushing the envelope with each one among her performances. Previously telling ET that she plans to interrupt Latina stereotypes in Hollywood, this position gave her the chance to just do that.
“My role was just crucial for Marla’s role. Fran is a foil of Marla and she’s a grand component of the film,” she explains. “It was fun for me to play a role that I hadn’t done before and hadn’t been allowed to play too because of the predisposed ideas of what I should be playing.”
“And it was fun to have a director that broke those norms with me,” she says, including, “Yes, [I didn’t have to be the token Latina].”
While I Care A Lot showcases Pike’s fierceness and extraordinary appearing skills, González brings vulnerability and is the guts of the movie. The Mexico City native was in awe after studying the script and immediately knew she needed to be part of J Blakeson’s film.
“When I read the script, I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is gonna be such a powerful display of what Rosamund can do, and I want to be part of it!'” González explains. “I get inspired by other women and I’m highly impressed by her, before and after working with her. That was a big reason. Because by saying Rosamund Pike, I mean a female character devoid of shame.”
Marla and Fran are whip good, maintain no bars and are the final word ruthless badass staff. Traits that, González says, oftentimes aren’t seen depicted in feminine characters on display.
“I feel like we’ve seen that so many times on screen with male characters, and yet we always sort of label female characters that are like this ‘unlikeable,'” González states. “[People] like to throw that word around a lot. I even heard people who have seen [I Care A Lot], they’re like, ‘She can’t fall into being unlikeable.’ And I’m like, ‘Why, because you’re not used to seeing women redeem themselves?’ And I think that’s sad. It’s a perfect display of what society has dictated for women for such a long time, and I love that it’s challenging it.”
The movie additionally challenges what a romantic feminine relationship ought to appear to be; which means, like every other courtship with out sexualizing its feminine characters.
“[Marla and Fran’s romantic relationship was] as it should be. That’s the intention of the director, was just to normalize this relationship and not exploit it so that it becomes just more of a given and less of an exclamation mark,” particulars González. “The love story is not the core story of the film, hence it’s just inherently there — and lovely to see.”
González notes that the ladies’s agenda “is not the relationship.” Instead, as she factors out, “It’s two women doing what they want to do. Driven women, going for their desires, and this love story is just a foil to who they are as people.”
While the movie additionally takes a have a look at ambition and the way the world views and values success — and the intense means anybody is keen to get it — it additionally touches on conservatorships. González expresses that as a Latina, she was taught that one all the time takes care of their dad and mom once they become old and are not normally put right into a senior residing facility.
“It’s so interesting how a conservatorship is such a trending topic right now because of the Britney [Spears] documentary. But I feel like this is a conversation that not a lot of people talk about or know about,” she says. “When I learned about the script and educated myself about the story, I was really shook. I was shaken by it. I was just disturbed because, [as a] Latina, we grew up differently. We’re educated, like, your parents grow old, you take care of them and they live with you, and that’s just how it is.”
“So this mentality of putting them in a guardianship and putting them in care homes is really new to me and it’s a very other-country mentality that I don’t connect with,” she elaborates. “So it was cool to be part of a display that is something that needs to be brought up to people’s attention. Really being like, what are our lives decisions and what are we doing with the people that we abandon in our lives? In a social way, what’s happening behind that curtain?”
As for working alongside the 42-year-old Oscar-nominated actress, it was an unbelievable alternative for González, who calls Pike “a great leader.” (Pike’s efficiency already earned her a 2021 Golden Globe nomination within the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy class).
“She’s a really well-prepared team player. She is ready and up for any challenge and she reads her partner really well and she gives you what you need to thrive,” she marvels. “And that’s really exciting because not everyone’s out to be a team player and she is. She really comprehends that working as a team really makes the performances better.”
“She comes in very determined with who she is as a person, and she does have a good backstory to her characters,” González continues. “But she allows her partners to influence her, and that changes her performance and that allows it to be nuance and diverse. She’s just a great leader and she’s meant to be leading movies.”
I Care A Lot is now streaming on Netflix. For extra on González, watch beneath.
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