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.