Kate del Castillo, the Mexican “Anna Karénina” between depression, infidelity and bulimia with Falling Back
In a chat with Infobae México, the actress who debuted as a producer with the “tropicalized” story that the writer León Tolstoy told in 1878, shared her pride in bet on stories that lead to reflection
With the six-episode series, Kate debuts as an executive producer associated with her home "Cholawood" (Photo: ViX +)
“She wanted to talk about three-dimensional characters, that have a completely different beginning and end from how they started, they are not flat”, says Kate del Castillo about Falling Again , the newly released series on the streaming platform ViX+, which stars in and marks her debut as executive producer along with her partners >Cholawood Productions and Endemol Shine Boomdog.
This is an adaptation to current events and in the Mexican contextfrom the universal literature classic Anna Karénina, which although it was written by Leo Tolstoy in the 19th century, the reflection it proposes on taboos from that era that today maintains a validity that the renowned actress wanted to highlight.
“If you don't know Anna Karénina you will find an attractive series It's almost getting to know oneself, each character is an archetype, I know it was written in 1878, but it's still as current as life itself”, Kate tells Infobae México from Los Angeles, California, about the six-episode series that tells the story of “Ana Montes de Oca”, a retired Olympic diver who In the midst of her apparently solid marriage, she falls in love with another man, defying social conventions and her family's accusations.
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“They will come across topics of discussion such as infidelity, both for men and women, bulimia, postpartum depression, opening relationships, that sometimes that works for some couples and not for others. It has production values, wonderful actors, a wonderful Tolstoy story, there's no where to go wrong”, she says proudly about the project that she fell in love with since the Australian branch of her associated production house sent her the format of which she later bought the rights to produce it.
“I read the book many years ago and when I saw the series, the Australian format that our partners at Endemol< sent me /i>, I didn't know, I didn't read that it was based on Anna Karénina, it didn't even happen to me here, I had centuries without having read it. When I said 'that's what I want to do', I said 'sure, it's Anna Karénina”, tells about the series whose main cast is completed by the Spanish Maxi Iglesias and Rubén Zamora; Edwarda Gurrola, Martín Altomaro and Daniel Tovar.
A love triangle full of conflict is part of the plot of Return to fall, which also touches on bulimia and postpartum depression (Photo: ViX+)
“I read it again, I saw all the Ana Karenina films and I understood that it was perfect for my production company, that we want to get away from everything that we no longer want to hear, of which we are already tired, and better do something more elegant”
After a career since 1991 in soap operas and national cinema, and after participating since 2007 in the US industry with projects such as La reina del sur (in three seasons since 2011) and No Good Deed< /i> (2014), Kate participated in the Mexican series Ingobernable, but thanks to Volver a caer, the producer today feels happy to having developed a “100% Mexican” project from the beginning.
In Volver a caer, "Ana Montes de Oca " she sees her family and emotional stability disrupted after falling in love with a man outside her marriage, apparently stable (Photo: ViX +)
“It was six weeks of filming; we spent five and a half weeks in Mexico City and one week in Tlaxcala, so it's 100% Mexican and I'm very proud to be able to come back and stand on my neck saying that I went to Mexico with a production of mine this level and for me it is very important”, shares the artist smiling, who considers herself to be in a moment of creative maturity in her career.
In this Mexicanized adaptation of Anna Karénina, Kate highlights the taboos of a society that condemns adultery (Photo: ViX+)
“Now as a producer and actress I feel I can handle all that, maybe if it had come to me sooner I wouldn't have been able to with the package, but now I'm ready to kill, I have all the tools, I've already watered it, now is a good time to choose the things I do… it's a lot of responsibility, but I'm very controlling and now that I can control I'm not going to lose the opportunity”, she reflects on the challenge of, together with her partners from Cholawood, Carmen Cervantes and Jessica Maldonado, to tell the current adaptation of one of the top novels of realism Russian, the kind of story that breaks down stereotypes.
And it is that in her experience in the Hollywood industry, the famous 50-year-old has come across cliché scripts that do not represent the diversity of roles that Latinos can especially interpret.
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“I already have my little antennae up when they are sexualized characters, which happens a lot as a Latina woman in the United States, which are basically all the Latinas in the scripts I read here, and still not they have not even understood It doesn't matter who we Mexicans are, and who the Cubans and Puerto Ricans are, that lowers that emotion a bit and that's why one ends their own things,” he says of the series, whose first episodes are already available on the platform of TelevisaUnivision.