In the magazine Maxwell Mexico of November 2017 we can find an interview that was recently made to the Mexican actor for the premiere of the second season of The Exorcist. You can read it below.
In the Maxwell Magazine of November 2017 we can find an interview that was recently made to the Mexican actor for the premiere of the second season of The Exorcist. You can read it below.
Art and craft of an actor outside series
Alfonso Herrera is living one of the best moments of his career. Unstoppable, motivated and committed, he has become one of the most recognized actors in this new era of golden television and, as if that weren’t enough, not long ago he became first-time father to son Dani, which he describes as the best experience of his life.
When Alfonso was 17 years old, he dreamed of a future in aviation, leading him to want to study flight in San Antonio, Texas. However, by circumstance, acting would appear now and again in his life, not as a conflict of interest, but quite the opposite. From his first soap opera to today (getting involved in really successful projects), Alfonso has shown that he was born to be in front of the camera.
Co-staring in the Netflix series Sense8 and acting as lead on FOX channel’s The Exorcist, Alfonso has tested his talents, therefore broadening his international appeal. Currently, much of his focus at the moment is with The Exorcist. At the time of our interview, Alfonso was in Canada filming the show’s second season.
The series has received excellent reviews, inspired by the 1971 William Peter Blatty novel and 1973 film of the same name- it is considered to be the Holy Grail of drama and terror. Alfonso plays makes Father Tomás, who is charged with having to fight against various forces of evil. While the project has shown that television done well can captivate an entire market related to a specific genre; Alfonso has proven that Latinos are capable of portraying different types of roles, not just those that have to do with worn out stereotypes. “In the first season there was a very strong link with the original movie of 1973; however, in this second season we are demarcating a bit more from the original. We are navigating with much more freedom, exploring new geographic areas in the United States; the first season was in Chicago with the second season taking place in the northwest, specifically Seattle and Montana. They are two completely different atmospheres, which makes it much more interesting and rich (with) that contrast“, says Herrera.
Portions of the first season of The Exorcist were filmed in Mexico City, where his character Tomás is originally from, sparking rumors that a third season could possibly take place there. “Talking a bit with both the show’s creator and executive producer, they mentioned they’d probably love to explore the North American aspect of the Catholic culture and that they have a very interesting element to incorporate into the show. That will happen if we have the opportunity of a third season. There is still a long way to go“, says Herrera.
How do you manage to have such a wide range of possibilities when interpreting characters so different from each other?
I believe that, first of all, enjoying it. I really enjoy what I do and I really enjoy the development of my characters. It’s really fun, I have a lot of fun in the process as well as in the development, in the interpretation; creating different stories, basically just looking for interesting stories to tell and characters (…).
Do you think about having to represent a profile of a different type of Latino actor, current and modern?
I think that on many occasions we have a very limited vision of what we as Mexicans represent for the industry and for all these television networks (…). You just have to watch some TV shows and some movies to realize what this cliché vision is of what they think we are. Something I like a lot, especially with both Father Tomás and the character I played on Sense8, is that they are Latin Americans; they are Mexicans who do not represent that cliché and that erroneous image in which we are often shown as. We, as Mexicans, have a really rich culture, we have value to offer and I think that in those projects, both creators and writers have given us Latinos the opportunity of sharing something much more grounded, showing something three-dimensional —not some caricature, so to say. This is something that I celebrate.
As an actor, what kind of projects do you dream of?
More than a specific project, I try to be clear with what I want to share and what I want to express. I think it’s important to choose the right projects; and I do not say this as a Latin American, because I have had the fortune and the opportunity of working on several types of parts. We are responsible for the roles we choose to make known what we are (…). My only goal is to keep moving forward, keep working no matter what the direction is: towards the north, the south, the east or the west. What matters to me is to look for interesting stories and transformative characters with meaning.
At some point would you like to venture into production or write a movie or TV series?
I do not know, probably. I think that to be able to fully get into a production and be able to be on the other side of the camera, you must find a project that keeps you awake at night and something that really fills you up and makes you say ‘Go! I’m going at it 100%’, and I don’t think that moment has arrived yet. The dream that I value very much right now is of a tiny one of a few centimeters.
What has been the experience of being a father?
It has been the most amazing and most interesting roller coaster. It’s the most incredible thing that has happened to me. The process of being a parent is what you learn from the most; it is the greatest lesson that life has given me.
Did you have to change diapers?
All. Absolutely, everything.
In what environment would you like your children to grow up in?
I would love for him to live in a society that can respect differences, that values differences. I think that at this moment we are living in a very dark moment (…). It’s something else to open a newspaper or a magazine and realize the chaos in which we are experiencing. I am sure that, at some point, when we’ve gone through all this, we will return to a better time, and I hope that my son can witness a more respectful world.
Do you think we can consciously change, return to better times?
Yes, I think so. I believe that the generations to come will learn from the mistakes that we have made. And I think that absolutely, all generations do it (…). I hope we do not go back to the point where we are now. It is such a peculiar world in which we find ourselves at the moment (…). It has been a year full of changes to which we must adapt, and in those changes there are many lessons. I think it has been a very complicated year (…) with so many situations that have happened, since the earthquake, the hurricanes, Trump, all these movements that have happened in Europe —almost, almost scratching the surface of fascism. It has been an extremely hard year. Again, I hope we never return to times like these.
After the unexpected cancellation of the Sense8, Netflix decided to film a special last episode that will last two hours; with filming to be done in Europe, Alfonso will work there the last months of 2017, with complications, because at the same time, he must be available for the filming of The Exorcist in Vancouver. Soon, he will be back in Mexico for the recordings of the fifth season of National Geographic’s the comedy program, La Ciencia de lo Absurdo, as well as to begin rehearsals for a play.