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".