“I’m lucky to have grown up in a feminist family”

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She is one of the protagonists of ‘Flechas’, a short film from the COSMO channel that denounces the increase in sexist violence among adolescents

A clandestine party at the boarding school where four friends are studying ends with the confession of one of the young people who was previously afraid to tell: she is the victim of sexist violence. The COSMO channel premieres the short film ‘Flechas’ (Friday, 10:45 p.m.), with a script by Imanol Ruiz de Lara and Gonzalo Tejedor Andrés, which focuses on adolescents to denounce a reality that and which from time to time This part has finally come to light. The actress María Romanillos (Madrid, 2004) is one of the protagonists in the story. In 2021, the young woman won the Biznaga de Plata award for the best supporting actress at the Malaga Film Festival in Spanish for the film ‘Las consecuencias’. He then took part in the series ‘Paraíso’ and ‘Maricón Perdido’, and has just released the movie ‘Don’t look into my eyes’.

–Did you stop to think after you got to know the idea of ​​the short film?

-It didn’t make me think, I just understood the short one. It’s a subject I’ve thought about a lot, with a pretty closed idea. I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a feminist family and these are issues I’m already familiar with. I’ve always talked about them. In the end, it is very noticeable which family each person comes from; the influence of their parents, their profession and even their economic level when they talk about sexist violence and gender equality.

–One in five young men in Spain believes there is no sexist violence, twice as many as four years ago, according to the Fundación de Ayuda contra la Drogadicción. Does this statistic concern you?

This is data that seems terrible to me. As much as there are people who think that the feminist struggle is only for women, I don’t think so. Usually it’s something that affects us, but everyone has to fight for equality. If we don’t fight all genders, there will be no equality. It is very bad that there are young guys who downplay the matter and say that this is not a problem.

– Is there a lack of education about gender equality among young people?

They haven’t even taught us what gender means. In high school they taught us the basics and that’s why a lot of guys don’t know what’s going on because it doesn’t affect them. I am a feminist, and whoever is afraid to say they are, let them look at it.

–At the age of 18, she has already won awards in her career as an actress. What do you think when you look back?

-I’m having a great time. When I was a teenager, I tried to get nowhere. I’ve accomplished things because they’ve come to me, I didn’t even think I wanted to win awards, make horror movies or make movies two or three times a year. At the age of 14 I didn’t know what I aspired to because at that point I didn’t care. Now I know what I want.

–And where would you like to take your professional career?

–Since I was eight years old, I really want to do theatre, because it is a very important basis for understanding what cinema and life are. I want to go on stage and face that, and feel the energy flow that comes from performing in front of an audience.

–Did you need therapy to manage your first successes as an actress?

–I love making movies, but there’s something about filming and promotions that makes me very anxious. Always therapy and also talking a lot with people and colleagues, who give me advice. I have to learn that movie promotions are part of the acting career and I have to accept it by going into therapy. I don’t leave the cinema for that and things don’t solve themselves.

How do you keep both feet on the ground so that success doesn’t go to your head?

-I don’t know. I think because I have enough trust with my friends and I don’t let them eat my head if I do well and tell me they are going to give me a lot of awards. That happened to me last year and I had a bad time because everything they told me was going to happen didn’t happen. In my acting school, they talk to us about the business, which is complicated, and at any given moment you can be at the top of success as well as at the bottom. I know I have to work, study and that’s it. And what happens after I never think about it.

Was being an actress your plan A in life?

-I dropped out of high school to become an actress because I was doing well. I felt like I was wasting my life in high school. I wouldn’t be able to take theater classes if I was there, so I studied acting. My plan A has always been to become an actress, but I also have a plan B, which is to study philosophy or art direction in film.

Source: La Verdad

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