This interview with the cast of Las Chicas del Cable was originally posted on April 28, 2017 by eCartelera.. See what Yon says when he's asked what life would be like with out phones these days...
Check out the teasers in advance of the release of Las Chicas del Cable on Netflix.. We're going floor by floor.. 1st floor, 7th floor, 9th floor, 10th floor.. and my very favorite.. 13th floor. Do they really have a 13th floor in the building??
1st floor-Do you want to subscribe for a new line? you'll get the service with a smile.
7th floor- You can't talk about what you hear here..
9th floor- This level is full of secrets..
10th floor- this is where the employees take off their uniforms (and let their hair down)..
13th floor- The decisions that can change the course of the company are made here...
The Male Cast of 'Las Chicas Del Cable' Talk About Machismo on TV: 'Women have it more complicated'
Published March 10, 2017
By Carlos Miranda
Translation by Gema Sola
Las Chicas del Cable also has amongst its cast an outstanding roster of male faces. Taking on the roles of the protagonists, Yon González, Nico Romero, Borja Luna and Sergio Mur serve as counterparts to those four women who desire freedom; whose goal is to fight against machismo; and who break into the world of work in 1920’s Madrid. Read more...
"We hope everyone will be surprised and that everyone will like it," agree the actors who play those roles during a meeting with the press. "All the characters are treated with tender loving care. We have no only created a script, but we have spend hours creating interesting characters, each unique. “ As we found with Blanca Suárez , Maggie Civantos , Nadia de Santiago and Ana Fernández ,here we also find multiple differences between the male characters making them distinct from each other.
The real Chicos del Cable
On this occasion, Yon González moves away from the stereotype of a rebellious twenty-something to whom we are used to, and he now plays Francisco, the director of the company, "a strict, passionate and dedicated guy, interested in living the wonderful life with the love of his life ". However, as in his personal life, "years pass", and a decade later, coinciding with the moment in which the series begins, his character suddenly turns becomes "a totally straight man, cerebral, who has changed direction. "
The role of Nico Romero is that of the smiling Pablo, a provincial boy who, like the character of Nadia de Santiago, arrives in Madrid with very clear ideas to fill the position of accountant. "He is a shy boy, who does not have much experience socializing with people, who has had the same partner all his life and is a little rigid in that aspect. He is not accustomed to anything that means going to the great capital, something that initially surpasses him until he meets a person with whom he connects and who, like him, is naive in terms of love relationships. As defined, neither of the two "have a strategy, they are very pure people who do not know how to handle their own feelings".
Mario, the role for which actor Sergio Mur has been chosen, is presented as the most complex so far. Father of a four-year-old girl and married to the character of Angeles (Maggie Civantos), his character perfectly represents an old-school man. "We tell the story of a marriage in 1929 and we talk about women's rights, the sensibilities they have, the need to emancipate themselves from male protection and how men feel that as an aggression," he says. "I think in that sense the series is very current because probably in Spain there is a striking rebound of everything macho, and in that sense we echo that situation."
Borja Luna, for his part, speaks of Miguel as "the counterpoint on how to face a relationship with respect to that of Mario and Angeles." For him, his character is "a very modern vision and raises new formulas, with everything complex that is love and wanting to be free inside and outside it, an interesting and very contemporary search." As for his role within the company, the young man works as the engineer in charge of designing machines that lower the costs of the company. If this progress were to occur, the position of las chicas del cable could be in danger as they would not be necessary to link the various phone calls. "That's where he comes into conflict between his great love and his passion which is his job.
The door to international markets, more open than ever thanks to Netflix
The fact of being part of the first production of Netflix for Spain is a challenge that none of the members of this team have wanted to let pass. "It's the best showcase together with HBO we have," Yon says. "The series I was lucky to do before were for Antena 3 and were more national, although they were then sold to other countries, but this one, which will be seen directly in 190 countries, lets people know that you exist. Some of those countries will like you, and so your work will go from being national to international. "
Although his colleagues confessed that they did not notice great differences when it comes to working, Sergio Mur assumes that they are aware they are in the process of "making different television". "We are not doing a series to compete with the prime time of Antena 3. They are doing their projects and this is a new platform that is foreign to us. You go for a global audience." In spite of all these elements, the four actors are clear that their "goal is to work" and to be able to "make a living with this". "Sometimes it will be here, sometimes in another place, sometimes it will be seen by two people and sometimes by a hundred," says Borja Luna.
Against all odds and in a gesture of sincerity, Yon González stops short of revealing that one of the reasons why he said yes to the project was that "it was for Netflix." "Besides that I have already done other series with Bambu, I have already paid in full for my small house, the idea is to simply tell good stories," he sincerely says. "With Netflix, when it reaches the world, there will be more products that, even if some of them are fucking trash, others will be wonderful. In the end, in Spain, the channels do not allow you to make products exactly like the production company wants. There are a lot of rules, because you cannot do anything similar to 'Breaking Bad' or 'Black Mirror' because, unfortunately, it will not work, and you've spent a lot of money that does not make sense at the time. When you want to aspire to something really interesting, you have to come to this platform. "
Will the time come when the production companies bet on stronger risks in their fictions? "Little by little, especially this generation passes ," answers a not very convinced Yon. "There are a couple of generations of ladies that maintain are the series in Antena 3, and when all of this evolves and they aren’t around anymore, those of us who are young and get older, then hell, it will change. But this takes time " For Borja, the answer is even clearer if you consider that "they are two different platforms". "They are called generalists for a reason, they cannot make the same product. Traditional channels are for everyone and they have to make products that everyone likes, and from there, the products of one and the other are different."
Machismo, a reality in the profession
After a meeting with their female colleagues who did not miss the opportunity to claim the position of women in our interview, they also have not wanted to be left behind. "It seems wonderful to me, because the world of women in this job is very complicated, much more than for men. This series is called 'Las Chicas del Cable', but in general, before, actresses played exclusively daughters or mothers. There was an intermediate part where they were sold for a while, and I know because I have been told. I am happy about everything that is positive for them, "he says seriously.
Although machismo is a reality, especially in the field of acting, Sergio Mur is optimistic to defend that "we are living a very special time for women." And it is that analysis of platforms like Netflix, it seems that the place that is occupied by women in fiction is increasingly more important. "I don´t know, but I am sure that there are important surveys that endorse that, and that there is an increasing interest of the woman who demands a quality television about women, not like the woman who accompanies the man who tells the story, but the story that happens to her." According to his personal experience after two years working across the ocean, "Mexico has a history of the telenovela in which the main character is the woman," he explains. "And that happens because there is a potential audience that is mostly female and that calls for a story in which to identify herself. In this story I do perceive that the camera is situated from the point of view of the ladies".
We're about two months out from the world wide release of Yon's new series Las Chicas del Cable.. what do we know so far? Well, we know that he plays the role of Francisco, the director of the new telephone company which has opened its doors in late 1920's Madrid Spain. The company hires Cable Girls who are sleek and refined and who are able to reach the controls on the telephone panels. Four of these Cable Girls are the focus of the show. We know that the telephone building and everything in it belongs to Dona Carmen who is played by Concha Velasco.. We also know that Dona Carmen has two children and is married to a villain.. Is Francisco one of her children? Ponder that question. What do we know about the four Cable Girls.. Well, we know that Ana Fernandez's character, Carlota, will be a revolutionary character for that time frame. She will discover that she can love anyone regardless of whether the person is a female or male. Maggie Civantes plays the role of Angeles, a woman who is having problems with her husband, appears to be weak, but wants to be independent. We also know that the character of Marga played by Nadia de Santiago brings a touch of humor to the show. She's a country girl who is trying to make her way in the big city in a competitive firm. It will be fun to watch her grow.
And then there's Lidia, played by Blanca Suarez. According to Ramon Campos, the executive director and creator of the series, we know that she is the key to the plot. It is around her which everything revolves. She is a woman with a past, a thief.. Someone whom Francisco had known before as a teenager. She comes to the company with the intent to steal. But steal what?? When she is recognized by Francisco, she denies that she is the same person of her past.. What is her past? what does she intend to do? and how do the other characters in the show related to her story? We'll find out beginning April 28!
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There are still a couple of months left before we will see 'Las Chicas del Cable' but we now know a few things we can tell you....
There are still a couple of months before 'Las Chicas del cable' (Cable Girls), the first Spanish Netflix original series is released, but details of the series that promises to be launched in the spring are gradually uncovered (it looks like the first episode will be issued in late March or early April).
We know, for example, that the series is set in 1928 Madrid, when the national telephone company opens its headquarters in the city center and hundreds of girls look for the position of telephone operator. Symbol of progress and modernity for women at the time, it is also a place that gives rise to jealousy, envy, treachery and ambition mixed with hope, friendship and love.
"The series is the story of very special women, ahead of their time in modernity, who worked in Telefónica, a company that was taking its first steps. They were women with good education, who spoke several languages, earned a good salary, and who could not be married according to the rules of the company. They were very stylish, tall girls because they had to be able to reach the ends of the panels to switch the plugs; to imagine the series, we thought of girls that Catala Roca photographed as they strolled along the Gran Via. For various reasons, the protagonists of the series are trying to impose restrictions during a complicated time when women had no rights but had duties. They fight not to stay at home and work, to demonstrate that they can have the same rights as men, and in some cases, end up getting those rights" Ramón Campos, executive producer of Bamboo and responsible for the series tells Mujerhoy exclusively.
'The cable girls' are Lidia (Blanca Suarez), Marga (Nadia de Santiago), Carlota (Ana Fernandez) and Ángeles (Maggie Civantos), four telephone operators that get the coveted job and, with it, begin their fight for an independence that is denied to them by their environment and the society at that time. Their friendship will be key to achieving their dreams and, little by little, they will discover the true meaning of freedom. Along with them, are three male protagonists: Yon González, Martiño Rivas and Sergio Mur.
But, how did this adventure begin? "Eric Barmack, Vice President of Netflix, wrote me in Christmas 2015 to tell me that he had just seen the first season of 'Velvet' and that he and his wife had loved the series, and asked me to send them a similar series. We prepared a summary of what was going to be 'Las Chicas del Cable' and he loved it, "Campos says, adding that" it's a series that makes us very excited because it allows us to talk more about the time when 'Velvet' was developed: the 1920s were less gray, less aggressive. "
Source: Ramón Campos: “Si hay un spin-off de ‘Velvet’ no será una continuidad de la serie” Perdidos en La Tele, December 22, 2016.
September 26, 2016--Netflix has announced the filming its first Original Series created by Ramon Campos and Gema R. Neira, written by Ramon Campos, Gema R. Neira and Maria Jose Rustarazo and directed by Carlos Sedes and David Pinillos. Las Chicas del Cable (Cable Girls) begins production today in Madrid. Netflix announced that Yon González and Blanca Suárez will be the faces of the production set in early 20th century Madrid. Filming for the series began Monday September 26th in Madrid. These two actors who were also co-stars in the hit series El Internado, will be joined by Nadia de Santiago (Musarañas, Amar es para siempre); Ana Fernández (Los protegidos), Maggie Civantos (Vis a vis), Ana Polvorosa (Aída, Amar en tiempos revueltos), Martiño Rivas (El internado, Tres bodas de más), Nico Romero (Cita a ciegas), Borja Luna (Isabel), Sergio Mur (Gran Reserva) and Concha Velasco (Bajo sospecha, Motivos personales).Erik Barmack, Netflix's International Vice President of Original Series commented: "We at Netflix are tremendously excited about the start of filming of our first original Spanish series with such a formidable technical and artistic team. We have full confidence that Teresa and Ramon as creators of series of international success such as Grand Hotel and Velvet, will produce a unique and exciting story. "
Las Chicas del Cable will air world-wide on Netflix in 2017.
'Las chicas del cable' Comienzan a Trabajar, El Periodico Tele, September 26, 2016
Netflix desvela el reparto completo de 'Las chicas del cable', Vanitatis September 26, 2016
Blanca Suárez y Yon González protagonizan 'Las chicas del cable', la primera serie española de Netflix, El Huffington Post September 26, 2016