Beautiful as the ocean that I hold so dear
Passionate, longing, emotions so clear
I'd want to move into my love's eyes
Where I fell weak with my soulful cries
He heard me though we did not speak
Came to rescue me when I felt weak
And life was given to me once more
Taking me to heaven like never before
Like a butterfly I emerged
Spreading my new found wings
Excitement, glory, soaring so high
Perched on a branch in the beautiful sky
And I will cherish every moment
Every kiss, every touch, every glance
And I will cry every day
Mourning the life that never had a chance ...
By Ana Loposky
Yon González's interpretation of 'Julio' the handsome 'camerero' who falls in love with his employer's daughter, is brilliant. Julio is arguably one of the strongest male figures on the screen, large or small. ..and I don't mean just his physique. Although his physical beauty is without a doubt patent and remarkable. One only has to look at his first "pelea" --which he agreed to at the behest of Javier-- in the underground fight club. The sweat-sheened, glistening hardbody is conspicuously extraordinary.
His physical beauty aside, Julio was also stalwart and steady... a lighthouse and a rock. There was no wavering in him. His commitment to his friends and those he loved was unshakeable. We first see evidence of this when he travels a great distance to locate his missing, and later presumed dead, sister. But his steadfastness was most prominent with Alicia... intimating the deep, abiding love he had for her. He was ever-present, with gentle persuasion, guiding her with intrepid, fearless strength to the truth. The truth of who her family was, who Diego was, and who she was. The scene right after Diego finds the letter left by Isabelle revealing Alicia had a secret lover is just one example. Though the identity of the lover was not revealed, Julio was not one to shy away in fear and was willing at that very moment to walk into the lion's den with Alicia and face whatever may come. He was stouthearted and indomitable and that speaks to the heart of any woman with a pulse. I always felt that the scenes of him on the cliff with the lighthouse in the background was symbolic of him. He was a beacon of light in the darkness, the comforting sound of safety, and the safe harbor to which to come home. He was the embodiment of true strength and a constant, sturdy lighthouse during the storm. A powerhouse. The embodiment of physical, rugged, sinewy beauty and brave, bold, gutsy courage. He is the lusty man of our dreams and full of dauntless valor. He is Julio. He is our heart. And Yon González breathed life into him.
By Lara Hartman
Almudena Lapique is a rising model in Spain's fashion world. She got her first fashion project in November of 2015, and her partner for the shoot was none other than our Yon González. In this blog for In Style Magazine, Almudena recounts her first encounters with Yon and how he helped her through her first, nerve racking project. To read the blog post in Spanish click here.
By Almudena Lapique
Originally published on April 24, 2016
The ideal place, the perfect moment. Thanks Yon González, the person who indirectly has accompanied me on my first projects in the world of fashion.
Our friendship began at the gala awards ceremony of a magazine. When we were all sitting and waiting, I realized that I had a tall, bearded man sitting next to me. I'm not going to lie: I confess I was a bit nervous. I did not know what to say to him and went into a kind of panic (he is intimidatingly handsome).
Throughout the ceremony he told me what he thought of it, and I couldn’t say a word. Despite my nervousness, I confess that being at his side was not entirely unpleasant.
And, of course, I took the opportunity to take a picture and, incidentally, one with Pablo Motos.
Yes, this was our first meeting. A few weeks passed and I got a call to do a photo shoot for Fuera de Serie, and was surprised that my partner was going to be my companion at the awards, Yon González.
The day of the photoshoot, which was my first, I was very nervous. I should note enough so that when Yon saw me, he took me to the hotel bar where we would do the session, and gave me a talk of encouragement. After a half an hour of listening, we decided that the most effective way to get rid of my jitters was to drink mojitos. And even if it did not appear so, it worked.
With much more confidence, I took the opportunity to visit the set of his series Bajo Sospecha. I have to say that I laughed seeing him acting so seriously, because he is so completely the opposite. Then I took a walk around to seek adventuress on the set.
And I took the opportunity to have a little fun.
In January I went to another awards ceremony dressed in Tot-Hom.
And, of course, I had to find my award companion. Who, by chance, sat beside me at my table.
A friendship that came about in a curious way at the perfect moment!
Ever since I discovered Grand Hotel on Netflix a year ago I have been enchanted with and enamored of Yon González. And I am not the only one. I have found hundreds of fans with the same passion for Yon that I have, on various forums on the internet. For the past year I have been racking my brain to figure out what it is about Yon that makes his fans so passionate. And I think I've figured it out. Let me start by giving a little background.
Like I said, when I discovered Grand Hotel, I watched the first two seasons literally non-stop in ten days like a drug addict really. This was very difficult since I am a professional woman with a full time career and a large and demanding family. But for some reason, I could not stop. Yon's interpretation of Julio awakened a feeling in me that I thought had died long ago. It was exciting to think... no, to believe... that there could exist a man with the gentleness, bravery, dedication and passion of Julio. At the time I watched Grand Hotel, Netflix did not have the license rights to the third season, so like a mad woman I scoured the internet for the final season. I ordered the DVD in Spanish even though my Spanish is rudimentary.. and I used Google Translate to decipher the third season once my DVD arrived. It took me days, but I managed to watch and understand the whole season! Then, like a woman obsessed I looked on YouTube for any other work that Yon had done. I discovered El Internado, and once again, I was transported into a different world. The world of Iván. Perhaps the most interesting and beautiful fictional character that I had ever seen. The love between Iván and Julia, to me, is comparable to the love between Romeo and Juliet. I could write a tome about Ivan and his love, but that is for another blog.
Suffice it to say that after El Internado, I again scoured the internet for anything Yon related. I found his interviews, all of them in Spanish, and I watched them, and read them, to learn more about this person who had bewitched me. The more I watched him, the more I liked him. I know it is difficult to know a person through interviews, and I know that the characters he brought to life are just that, characters.. but there was something that kept my interest, and even more, something about him that grew my interest. He often appeared disheveled and unkempt in his interviews, and he spoke abruptly and freely about his opinions. I learned that unlike many of his peers he did not have any Facebook or Twitter accounts, and did absolutely nothing to promote himself. For a fan, this can be a source of frustration, but at the same time, his appearance, his simple speech, and his obvious comfort in himself, was refreshing and admirable. And then it struck me.. What makes Yon so interesting and desirable is that he is made of different material than many in his generation.. than other actors, even those in Hollywood.. And I realized that this is a very, very, good thing.
Many actors crave the fame and fortune that comes with their profession. They revel in it. It is a narcissistic nature that they have. But no so with Yon. He does not have a narcissistic bone in his body. He seems to love the process of acting. He is the consummate thespian. An artist who loves his craft. Fame and fortune (if even fortune exists in Spain) are almost a nuisance to him. I have never been impressed with "celebrity". Those actors who are always in the limelight, building their careers on hordes of fans and public relations.. many of them with no talent, and certainly no talent to compare to Yon's. When I think of great actors of Hollywood, I think of Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Paul Newman... and others who worked their craft without putting themselves constantly in the public eye. They did what they had to for their studios, but their passion was their work. These artists quietly work and give us pleasure with their talent. I think Yon is made of that cloth. He is not a male diva.. he doesn't want to be a male diva.. and he is all the more desirable for that reason. I am sure he is full of faults, but I admire him for his simplicity, his passion for his work, and his clear understanding of himself. I give him a lot of credit for being this way at this tender age. And I think that is why I am, and so many others are, so enchanted, enamored and bewitched by Yon González.
One of Yon's fans suggested that we re-post and translate into English what Blanca Suarez, his co-star in the series El Internado, and the movie Perdiendo el Norte said about Yon in one of her blogposts. We read it, and we agree. So here is the blogpost in English. It was originally posted in Spanish on February 24, 2014. You can view the original Spanish post here.
Translation by Gema Sola
"First, I want to eternally thank you for the lovely welcome and reception that you guys gave me with such precious comments... I appreciate that very much! I have read them all! I feel a bit more relaxed and relieved to know you liked the first post and I have had a good start. I hope to continue and not to disappoint!
Last Friday was my first day on a new project, “Perdiendo el Norte”, a movie directed by Nacho Garcia Velilla. A comedy with a wonderful script and some fellow co-stars like Javi Chamber, Ursula Corberó, Carmen Machi and Julian Lopez (I'm a big fan of his... Viva Muchachada Nui!), among many others... We started filming from the end (of course, how could we not!). It’s like Murphy’s law, always the same! I was nervous and, shooting outdoors, we spent the day in Plaza de Oriente, right in the heart of Madrid, which means there was an audience and paparazzi. I love watching people's faces when suddenly they run into a movie set on the street. I like to think that later, those people will go to the theaters and understand a little bit the intricacies of films, the number of people behind them and the meticulous, in every way, this job is.
But, of course, I think Yon González is one of the most important people in the film. After finishing the show “El Internado”, we didn’t work together again and the truth is that we are both very excited. On this day about 7 years ago (more or less) we met, and for nearly four of those years we were a fictional couple on television; with their comings and goings, reconciliations and conflicts... Basically, like life itself. Iván and Julia were legendary for me! It's so nice when you have a partner into whose eyes you can look and have the text flow easily. And you don’t really need to act because things happen "for real"... That connection rarely happens! The fact is that every day for years, we had breakfast together, we talked, we worked... at Laguna Negra. When we saw each other in the first rehearsal for this movie we looked at each other and it was impossible for me to believe that we hadn’t seen each other in such a long time. It is true that when I was filming El Barco, we shared the set with other shows, including Grand Hotel; but that time was no more than bumping into each other in the dining room or a brief greeting in the corridor.
I have him sitting next to me right now, he’s removing his make-up; today he finished earlier than me. He’s putting on his socks and connecting the speakers into the phone, to listen to Kings of Leon. I still have one scene to shoot, but that song has tickled my stomach and so I go to set, humming the song. He is like that: he is a hurricane of energy that spreads the desire to do things, to live... to learn! How nice it is to share this adventure with you again, mate!"
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By: Christiane Minnelli
I am watching season 2 of El Internado starring Yon González. He is absolutely outstanding. His interior monologue is very intense and you can tell he is a perfectionist. He dives into the character, fearless, daring, and obviously listening to every instruction of the director. He reacts with his whole body. An example of this is when he (Iván) learns of Cayetano’s death. He enters the room where his peers are, they tell him about Cayetano, and you can barely hear when he says "ya" meaning "I know", his eyes filling with tears. He works on every reaction. This is known as bringing forth inner or interior monologue. The inner or interior monologue is an acting technique that was originally described by Konstantin Stanislavsky. Every human being has a continuous monologue within. When acting however, the actor must stop his or her own monologue in order to think like the character. This extremely difficult technique can be illustrated by following example: in a particular scene, a famous actor was required to die. Since he had never died, obviously, he was wondering how his body could react to death in an original way. While concentrating on how he would do it, he stepped into the shower, but had forgotten to turn on the hot water tap. The cold water took him by surprise, and his body reacted accordingly. And thus, he discovered what experience he would use at the moment of his character's death.
The point of all of this is that the audience never knows what resources of his own life the actor employs in order to react as the character. Every reaction in acting requires an interior monologue, just as in real life, but it must be created by the actor. The audience does not know when Iván cries through Yon's body- what emotions Yon is creating of his own life. Ivan has had a terrible experience with whom he believes is his father. But Yon hasn't had that experience. To make the audience believe he is Iván, he has to create his own inner monologue in order to appear as though he has Ivan's motives. For four years, Yon has created these images from experiences that hurt, made him mad or laugh. This is extraordinarily taxing on the actor. And it is even more incredible because Yon has never had any formal training. He has said that he learned by reading or by himself, learning and asking other actors. In El Internado, the reactions we saw from Iván were an Iván reaction, not a Yon reaction. Yon González skills are akin to that of Johnny Depp’s, perhaps even better because of his unique magnetic personality, not to mention his obvious physical attributes.