Aixa Villagrán: with her comes the longest uncovering sequence in Spanish fiction

The premiere of ‘Perfect life’, Leticia Dolera’s first series was preceded by the storm caused by the controversial dismissal of Aina Clotet because of her pregnancy. The headlines focused more on the debate on whether the director of ‘Requirements to be a normal person’ had been fair in dispensing with the protagonist of ‘Elisa K’ than on assessing the quality of a production that, before landing in Movistar +, already he had won two awards in the Cannes International Series Festival: the best fiction and female interpretation for its three protagonists, Dolera herself, Celia Freijeiro and Aixa Villagrán.

These awards served to warn that it was necessary to be aware of the work of these three actresses who had been tanning in roles on the small and the big screen. Especially Villagrán, until then the most unknown of this trident despite the fact that it had been making its first steps in series such as ‘Paco’s men’, ‘There down’ and ‘What happened to Jorge Sanz?’

Although the parents of this 43-year-old Sevillian had never been on stage, art had always been very present in their home. “Since we were little they have taken us to the cinema, to the theater, to concerts, they put us with subtitled films, they signed us up to a school where we had a theater subject …”, recalls the interpreter. With these precedents, it is not strange that both she and her brother, Julian Villagrán, they will end up working under the spotlight.

Training in Mexico

“Since I was a child, when I did ‘Yerma’ at school with braces on my teeth, it was very clear to me,” says this actress who at age 20 went to study theater in Madrid and who, thanks to a scholarship, finished her training on Mexico in the company of the National Center for the Arts (CNA). Two years later, back in Spain, he began shooting in films such as ‘Mataharis’, ‘Rose et noir’, ‘Amador’, ‘Kiki, love is made’ and ‘Maria (and the others)’. Lately we have been able to see her on Netflix as a patient in love with a psychiatric center in ‘Crazy for her’ and in the cinema, sharing night of sexual self-discovery in ‘Where two fit’, and now she is immersed in the filming of the first film as director of Juan Diego Botto, ‘On the margins’, with Penelope Cruz and Luis Tosar as co-stars.

Award at Cannes

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But her first role with a good weight came to her in ‘Perfect Life’, where she got into the skin of Esther, the hedonistic and enjoyable lesbian sister of Dolera, who was about to turn 40 and wondered if the time had come to take life more seriously. Did he have to give up the happiness that painting brought him if he didn’t sell paintings? Should someone like her, allergic to commitments, seek sentimental stability? This uninhibited woman was debating who took the ‘carpe diem’ to the last consequences.

Villagrán will say goodbye to the character on November 19, with the premiere of the second and final season of ‘Perfect Life’, where the girls face new personal crises and wedding bells ring for Esther. The series has also forced her to let go of prejudices and in these new episodes we will see her in a scene that will make us talk, with one of the longest uncovers remembered in Spanish fiction.

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