And Vogue presents us with a brand new editorial and interview featuring Ester.
Ester Exposito is one of those personalities whose attention comes naturally. The Spanish actress seems to be unconcerned about the virality of her publications. Instead, it is in favor of equality of gender in the industry, she says that in this jobs she never stops learning and decided to enjoy life to the fullest. The mysterious quality of Exposito not only seduces through her publications, her speech – for her part – is firm about what seems important to her.
Exclusively, Vogue México y Latinoamérica talks with Ester Exposito about her ideals, her vision and how she wants to forge herself in this industry. With the intention of acting since she was a child, she began taking drama classes and participating in different projects and competitions. Her big break came with her first movie, When Angels Sleep , and later with her role as Carla Rosón on the Netflix series Elite . This latest project and the media impact it represented were followed by films such as Your Son and more recently, Someone has to die. Among her future projects are one related to the feminist theme and a comedy by Daniela Orden with Paco León and Miren Ibarguren that will be released this December.
Tell us a bit about your childhood and your journey to becoming an actress. What have you learned along the way?
Since I was a child it was always clear to me that I wanted to be an actress . I do not know when the click in my head was because I do not remember any stage in my life in which it was not clear that I wanted to dedicate myself to this. I think it was something that was always in me. When he watched movies he would say: ‘I want to be there, telling stories’. Since I was a child, I already wanted to work because I really wanted to evolve and learn about acting, but my parents considered that I was very young, they wanted me to have a normal childhood away from working life. What it is is that they always supported me to train me and from the age of five I went to theater classes.
Has the media success helped you when choosing characters and projects?
The fact of being in the position I am in and with the impact that Elite gave me as an actress internationally, has opened many doors for me and that allows me to choose very well and carefully the projects that are shaping my career. It has helped me to suddenly reject certain projects that do not fulfill me or that I think will not make me evolve as an actress. Also, I believe that in this profession there is a feeling of not stopping, that if you stop, you don’t exist and I don’t agree.
At the moment I have been lucky that projects have come to me with very talented people whom I admire and with very interesting characters who have challenged me and made me grow – because in this career you never stop learning – but at some point I have to give me a break and wait for something to come that really turns me on well I will.
What kind of career do you want to forge and under what criteria?
I want to build a long-distance career. Let it give me my whole life and that has always been my idea and my dream: to be able to live from this. For that, it is necessary to take advantage of every opportunity very well, especially knowing how to choose the characters and projects very well.
What do you think about gender inequality in this industry?
There are times when I have noticed gender inequality in the profession: since most of the protagonists are men, and until the majority of people in charge are also men. Although we have made progress, we are still a long way off and I would like to meet many more female directors , screenwriters , female characters who are more protagonists but who are not the satellite of male plots. That I would like to see change, in this sense we are behind with all the progress that is being made, the stories are still male and told by men.
You have made visible your interest in seeing (and doing) more projects with and by women. What do you think the industry is lacking in this regard?
It must be left to us, we must be integrated at the same level as men. That the producers that there are leave us and put us. I think that from above this dynamic, which is of equality , should be promoted more , we are asking to have the same job opportunities , the level of networks and salaries. It is a totally fair equality. And what is missing. I think it is a thing of all and all.
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Yes, I consider myself a feminist . I believe today, if you know the concept well and really know what the feminist struggle is about , you can’t not be. So I still don’t understand why there is rejection or some opposition to the movement. I think it is due to lack of information, comfort, not wanting to lose certain privileges or fear of the unknown.
I am lucky to have friends, the kind that are counted on the fingers of the hands. I have two friends in particular with whom I have a bond of absolute sisterhood, I admire them and they admire me. We really and honestly rejoice for each other and support each other.
You are still at an early stage in your career. What would you say is the most scary thing about it?
I try not to be afraid in life because it paralyzes. This is a profession in which there is a lot of uncertainty for the future. However, I would not translate it into fear but rather as concern and curiosity about the future.
What do you want to see Ester Exposito converted into?
I want to see her evolve, continue living life, continue enjoying different experiences, continue learning along the way and continue sharing with people who contribute and projects that challenge her.
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