The crisis of the 30s is a theme that constantly plans in ‘Valeria’, the series of Netflix based on the novels by Elísabet Benavent that returns to the platform this Friday, the 13th, with the premiere of its second season. Diana Gómez (Igualada, Barcelona, 1989) and Maxi Iglesias (Madrid, 1991), the leading couple, know well what the author is talking about, since they recognize that they have lived it in their own flesh. She, due to a professional drought that forced her to rethink her life during a summer in which she had to work in other trades to get ahead, and he, during a period in Argentina that helped him to reconnect with himself.
-Valeria begins another sentimental and professional stage of her life in this new season, but she continues to have doubts, which are innate to her.
-Diana Gómez: At the end of the day that also happens because when you spend so much time with one person and you have gotten used to being two and now you are alone, in this new stage you have to discover who you are without being married, know what you want, how you want it and if what is happening happens because you want it to happen or because it has happened like that. So Valeria does not stop thinking about everything continuously and that makes her insecure. In addition, she is a person who, as a writer, needs to define a lot what happens in her environment. I think it is also a maturing process, of realizing how to manage everything.
-Have you lived through the crisis of the 30 that is talked about so much in the series?
-Diana Gómez: A little, at 29 years old. Before ‘Valeria’ I lived a summer in which I had to work on other things because I didn’t have a job or money. Before I turned 30 I was very bad because I did not know what I wanted to do in life, I saw that the people around me were climbing and I felt stuck in everything. But I turned 30 and ‘Valeria’ came to me, so I’m growing up with her in some way.
-In contrast, Maxi will not have lived it the same, because he has not stopped working.
-Maxi Iglesias: But there may be many reasons that make you rethink things at 30. At 29 I was working in Argentina, just when I finished the first season of the series. For me it was also a period to be a lot with myself, of learning, of looking at what was lived and where it was going, of understanding and placing things … More than crisis, which may be a word with a negative connotation, they are turning points that we are having in life. Rethinking things or realizing something that you may not have fallen into before or that you have faced in another way, as happens with the characters. In the end it is a baggage and the tools you get at 30 or 31 are different, and that is in the second season of ‘Valeria’.
-Maxi Iglesias: From my point of view, a very powerful tool is that the four friends together are like a shot, a steamroller that in the first season was starting to roll and now they leave the cement smooth, smooth. All together they are a weapon of mass destruction and that is achieved thanks to the maturity that you are obtaining. Valeria’s character is super brave to surround herself with them and, together, they manage to clarify and find things thanks to the dialogues they have together.
-Her character, Victor, is not so clothed.
-Maxi Iglesias: Victor, the poor man, is not so accompanied, but he also feeds on Lola [Silma López]. In the first chapter of the second season they have a conversation that I really enjoyed, at the Retreat. It was the first time I had filmed in the park and it seemed like a privilege, because it is one of the emblematic places of Madrid. I cling to that scene a lot to see the support that a man can have not only in his colleagues, something that we do not see with Víctor, but in this super powerful, sensible and very practical friend.
Diana Gómez: And that tells the truth a lot. The good thing about the friends in ‘Valeria’ is that they are sincere, that they tell the truth, even though you want to hear something else. They tell you what they have to say to you, and those encounters help the character grow.
-In the first season, Victor was the perfect man, but now we begin to see some drawbacks, such as jealousy.
-Maxi Iglesias: Working with Diana we were looking a lot for what was already in the script, but there were also many little things that, due to time, were impossible to fit into 40 or 50 minute chapters, but we had it there. There were many things that we commented that maybe they were not in the script, but, to add layers, they were great, for example, that jealousy to say that men also suffer, we have insecurities. And that does not have to make it less attractive, quite the opposite. For me, everything that is true is attractive, because it is not intended to cover up nor is it intended to not give it visibility.
Diana Gómez: The vulnerable is also attractive.
-Maxi, are you tired of being a heartthrob?
-Maxi Iglesias: No, I think there are things that can be told in many ways. The other day I was reading an interview with a fellow actor who said that they only catch him to act as a policeman. But there are many types of police! I cannot neglect the physique that I have and what that generates or can claim or what you can help to make visible. I am very focused and I am very heavy on the fact that what I visualize of my image has to be something that really happens in society. With which there may be many Víctor in whom, apparently, the look, the wardrobe, the work environment in which he finds himself can be a winner, a man who is comfortable in society, but then, on the other hand, finds other faults, other deficiencies or needs other things. In this second season I have found an opportunity to do that, with dialogues and looks, that I did not have as much in the first. So I’m not tired of interpreting gallants at all, if they have different problems from each other or, even if they are the same, they are accompanied by other elements and situations.
-This second season includes a musical sequence in which Diana also participates. Did you love it or was it scared when it was proposed to you?
-Diana Gómez: I loved it! When I was little I wanted to be an actress in a musical, it was the dream of my life. There was a time when it was doubted that Valeria danced, because, despite being a dream, she is very clumsy and could not marry the character much. But precisely because it is a dream I fought for her to dance … and in the end I won! So I am very happy. I had a great time, I hope people enjoy it. I can’t be objective in that scene, I would have done more.
-Would you, Maxi, also have liked to have a music scene?
-Maxi Iglesias: I would have loved to belong to that dream of Valeria. It is also a sequence shot, which drives me crazy. And if on top of that there is dance, music … I love those challenges!
Diana Gómez: I think we did 12 or 13 takes and in the end they kept the last one. So the team was working hard.
-Sex is another of the great themes of ‘Valeria’. But the series continues without mythologizing it, but rather poses it in a very natural way, with its good and bad moments. There is even talk of female masturbation and the Satisfyer …
-Diana Gómez: For me that is also what can attract the viewer, because we are already a little tired of everything being perfect. In a series that tells the problems from a real and natural point of view, sex is one more. Y I love that with how fashionable the Satisfyer is, it appears in this second season and that Valeria enters the game. I am very much in favor of sex toys and their being displayed on screen! In addition, you can use them alone or with someone …
Maxi Iglesias: I love that scene in particular, which is seen in a natural way and without giving it much importance.
Diana Gómez: I think that when you approach the taboo by giving it as much importance in the end it is distorted a bit. It’s nice to be able to talk about it and comment on it openly.
Maxi Iglesias: And that, as men, it is important that we understand that women can find pleasure without us.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.