She had that brief fling last year with Miley Cyrus’ ex, Liam Hemsworth.
Most Latinos recognize Eiza Gonzalez as a novela reina — Nikki in Amores Verdaderos or Lola from Lola…Érase Una Vez. But the Mexican singer, model, and actress is leaving her telenovela career behind, at least for now. She’s currently focusing on her first English-language role as Santanico Pandemonium on Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Gonzalez chats with Cosmopolitan For Latinas about her crossover, gaining weight for the role, and how she dealt with all the gossip and criticism following her short-lived hookup with Miley Cyrus’ ex-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth.
You have to play the same role the amazing Salma Hayek did in the original movie, From Dusk Till Dawn. Were you nervous?
It was very overwhelming but amazing at the same time. We always say in all the interviews that we didn’t think about the original actors until we started getting interviewed and people start asking. It’s like, if every Batman had to watch the original Batman — it makes no sense. It’s just a new version of it; it’s not that someone’s better or worse. Everyone’s adding their own little thing to it. But it’s awesome to play iconic characters.
This is your first American role. What was the transition like?
Robert helped me so much to make me feel very comfortable, because obviously, English is my second language. It was hard to be on the same level as everyone. Learning all the monologues, learning all the lines, saying them correctly — it’s a completely new technique. In Mexico, it’s completely different. But I had so much going on in my head at that moment that I had no chance to be comparing myself.
I hear you had to gain weight for the scene.
There were two things I had to go through: I had to dye my hair because I was a blonde, and I had to gain a lot of weight, especially coming out of a project where I was super skinny. I did a soap opera [Amores Verdaderos] where I was playing a girl with bulimia, and I lost so much weight for that character. So now it’s really awesome for me to go and do a job where I had to gain weight. So, it’s In–N-Out everyday: Milkshakes, desserts — I’m loving it. And the cool thing is that Robert likes to really embrace the real woman’s curves. So when I talked about gaining weight, I was like “Okay, so you want me to go to the gym and gain muscle,” and he’s like, “No I want you to look timeless, like no one can tell what moment in life you’re going through. I don’t want you to look like a 2014 woman who’s super ripped. I need real curves.” So I can’t say it was terrible.
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