El Diario Vasco Interview
El Diario Vasco June 14, 2015
Article by: Oskar Belategui
Translation by: Gema Sola
Yon González: “I don’t need Twitter to be famous.”
Yon left Bergara because it was getting too small for him. Ten years later, he is a trendy, movie and series actor.
Yon González knows where he would be today if he had not left his home in Bergara ten years ago. “I would be giving Shotokan karate lessons. I got the certificate, although I’m missing the first dan (rank) given to teach. And I guess that I would also be under cars, trying to fix them. I love mechanics but I have no idea. I hope to learn someday.” At 28, changing garages for movie sets has proved to be a good decision. On television he has made successful series like El Internado, Gran Reserva, Grand Hotel and Bajo Sospecha-- he starts filming a new season in September. In movies he's gone from blockbuster to blockbuster like Mentiras y Gordas, Torrente 4 and Perdiendo el Norte, the most successful Spanish comedy so far this year. “I was lucky,” he apologizes modestly. "I was lucky and I had the possibility to choose, which is not common in this business-- and perseverance.”
A decade separates his character shared with Mario Casas in SMS -a soap opera for teenagers on La Sexta- from the violent offender on Matar El Tiempo (Killing Time) , the Antonio Hernandez film that has just arrived in theaters . The blame for everything , as usual for everyone, goes to Yon’s mother a factory employee, who encouraged him to get a driver's license and sign up in a modeling agency in Bilbao. “Bergara was starting to be too small for me, I was outgrowing it,” he recalls. “So I wondered what I would do with my life. My mother was not in the business, but my brother was studying acting in Bilbao and performed in theater cafés. I wasn't really interested in fashion back then, or now. In Bilbao, I got the chance to go to the casting of SMS. It was a three day audition and, look at me now, I've been in Madrid for ten years already.”
Yon González’ brother is Aitor Luna, popular on television as Alatriste. Both were part of the cast of Gran Reserva, but did not share any scenes , something that they did after all in Matar El Tiempo . “It was a very nice and easy experience. We rehearsed a lot with the director; he was very clear with what he wanted and knew how to guide us. It was pure joy. I wish every filming experience was like this one. One day we even finished after only half a day.”
Aitor Luna chose his second surname as a stage name because he liked how it sounded. So when Yon began his career, years later, he kept his first surname. “That’s my actual name! It’s good because until now no one thought we were related. We preferred to each have our own career. I want to believe that they now see us as brothers because we have a solid career.”
A DARK CHARACTER
Matar El Tiempo turns the González Luna brothers in a couple of psychopaths, thugs in the service of a criminal mother who embodies an unrecognizable Luisa Martin, the Juani from Médico de Familia. The victim of their crimes is an American executive working in Spain (Ben Temple), who hires the services of a prostitute online. When arranging another meeting, he sees, through the webcam, the psychopath duo breaking into her apartment. They’re looking for her baby, who they plan to take as a payment for the girl’s dealings with the mafia. Similar to Rear Window, but via Skype.
“So far on television, I have always played moral, ethical, reasonable characters. I really wanted to play a character with a dark background in a dingy room,” says Yon González. Matar El Tiempo warns us about the danger of new technologies; it shows us that we are being watched while sailing in the stormy waters of the Internet and that we always leave traces and data, valuable for businesses and criminals. As for Yon though, he will not get caught.
“I have very little to do with the Internet, I 'm a redneck on the issue and I’m also very lazy,” he confesses. “In social networks you’re exposed all the time and you have to be original with what you write, show yourself to everyone. I want that to stay home. Your work should be assessed by quality, and not by what tweeters say about you. I created a Twitter account one day and I couldn’t go further than the first tweet. Honestly, I don’t fucking want to.”
It’s said that now actors are hired depending on their number of followers on social networks.
So they say. Those who put money for the project think that if you have half a million followers, a hundred thousand will go see your movie. What about the quality of the performance? Luckily, life is going very well for me and I do not need to go on social networks to be known or to get a job.
Yon González no longer lives in an apartment with eight people and a camping gas on the room floor, like when he arrived in Madrid. He likes getting lost on the road while on his Harley and loves cooking, which he says gladly and proudly, knowing he will not get fat after all the sports and training he has had all his life.
So you’re a Basque person in Madrid? (*Basque people are known for cooking delicious meals)
- No. I just like to cook for my friends at home, as if we were a gastronomic society. I can’t think of anything better to do than having a nice chat while eating bacalao a la vizcaína (*a cod recipe typical from the Basque Country).