Despite having shot the last scenes as Silene Oliveira, Úrsula Corberó is not ready to say goodbye to her Tokyo. With her hand on her chest, over her heart, she points out where the narrator of ‘La casa de papel’ is going to stay, until she is ready to let her go, if she ever is.
This Friday 3 opens in Netflix the first part of the last season of the series that has changed his life, both her and the rest of the actors in the red jumpsuit and Dalí’s mask. Or perhaps especially her, who has just released her first film in Hollywood (‘Snake Eyes: the origin’) and who in the pre-pandemic era did not stop packing.
In an interview with Efe, the actress (Barcelona, 1989) talks about the most important character in her career to date and about the series that has marked a before and after for Spanish fiction, which now dares to look at you to you to the whole world.
How has your life changed thanks to “La casa de papel”?
My life has changed in many ways, I am not going to fool you. The good thing is that my environment remains the same and I always try to stay out of it. Our work is very intense and when we are filming it is many hours and when we are doing promotions it is a lot of dedication and time … I think it is very good for me, to return to earth, to be with my family, with my boy, with my longtime friends (…) What has changed the most is that I am traveling a lot. Since what happened to “La casa de papel” happened internationally, before the pandemic, that year, he had traveled to 14 different countries in one year. And there I said, that yes it is that it changes your life.
Do you think the series has marked a before and after for television made in Spain?
“La casa de papel” has helped us all to understand and gain confidence in the projects we do, to understand that we are also capable of doing things that before maybe only Americans did. I remember when they gave me the first scripts, before I started shooting, I said “this is very strange, this could be the bomb or be one of those things that we have never done, that we do not know how to do it, I want and can not”. But I think that this has also given us a boost of self-esteem within the industry and that is very important, to realize and be aware that we are capable of doing incredible things.
What does the series have to have gone so far and been the most watched Spanish fiction in history, internationally?
It is very difficult to know. It has nothing to do with a particular thing. There have been several factors and it is something that we continue to ask ourselves among the actors, what could it have been? What happened is something that had not happened before and it has surprised us all a lot (…) Alba Flores (who plays Nairobi in the series) had an incredible theory, the theory of football. It said: What is it that attracts people the most internationally? Football. And if you realize this is like football because there are two teams, also some dressed in red and others in blue (the policemen), there is an anthem, which is ‘Bella Ciao’, there is a game strategy, there is politics embedded inside There is a referee, who would be the teacher… Suddenly what he was saying about football made a lot of sense and it caught my attention. It is a mixture of everything, it also has to do with the characters, the people have felt very identified with that thing of making them dream and making them feel that they have a voice and power.
How and how much are you going to miss Tokyo?
I have not wanted to say goodbye to Tokyo. One day I said, “I am not qualified to say goodbye to Tokyo.” And it is not necessary, because if Tokyo is me, why not stay inside? And we live together until I’m ready to let it go. At the moment she is here, still (she says touching her heart) and that’s why I can’t tell you if I miss her.
Furthermore, nowadays successful series usually end in one or more “spin-off” (spin-offs) …
Who knows, who knows … That would be cool too.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.