Diego Boneta and the irony of changing his Latin surname to succeed with a Latin series

Diego Boneta during the presentation of his film at midnight in January 2023 (Photo: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Paramount+).

When an actor is asked what sacrifices he has made to fulfill his dreams, some say staying away from his family for long periods of time, changing his physical appearance for some roles, some beauty regimes, but more than that. There is nothing more intimate and personal than how to change yourself. name as it happened diego boneta,

From an early age she began her history in the world of entertainment through singing, later ventured into the universe of acting and television and continued to expand her dreams towards cinema and television. streaming, In fact, thanks to his performance in the Netflix-produced bioseries about Luis Miguel, the actor’s name (like the character he plays) was announced in every imaginable publication across the planet.

But Boneta might not have gotten that opportunity and recognition if a decade earlier, when he was seeking his break in Hollywood, He may have stuck to keeping his birth name rather than shortening and slightly modifying it so as not to sound Latin.,

he confessed it on the podcast creative from Roberto MTZ, where he explained how he preferred his mother’s surname with European roots so that his agents could “sell” it to the demanding Hollywood industry.

Diego Boneta at the Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axel/Bauer-Griffin/Filmmagic)

Diego Boneta at the Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axel/Bauer-Griffin/Filmmagic)

Recalls a teenager who was successful in the most children’s competition fame code Under the name of Diego Andrés González Boneta, who later participated in telenovelas happiness and joy, sos mission And Rebel, At the same time he was looking for a music career, his first desire in the world of entertainment.

But like every dream this too transformed and his interest began to focus on cinema and it was here that he put his efforts with the idea of ​​reaching Hollywood one day. “For years they didn’t give me castings to make a film in Mexico because they said I didn’t look Mexican”, recalls the actor. This opportunity came thanks to Mexican director Carla Hull. Casting recognized in Los Angeles and which has achieved productions such artists as Coconut, narcos, miss bullet, innocent voicesamong dozens.

Hull called Diego to invite him to try his luck in the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, a role he did not achieve but gave him the confidence to enter the American market. In his mind, being considered for the Pevensie brothers’ story was such a strong card that he shouldn’t give it up.

reality hit him hard and he discovered that Casting This was nothing compared to the challenge ahead. “It was a slap, how easy, start from scratch, four Casting weekly for two and a half years, I put in absolutely nothing, acting classes, knowing the industry, what’s an agent, what’s an agent Manager“, says the actor.

There was something wrong with his presentation, despite already having proven preparation and talent in his country, and it had to do with his name. “One of my agents, come with me ‘Diego, let’s see, you’re Latino, you have two last names, right? why don’t we try going like diego boneta Casting See what happens?’“That’s right, that little betrayal of his Latin roots opened doors for him.

902010, mean girls 2, pretty Little LiarsOne of the first jobs the “new” Diego took was his, and soon came the movie that everyone assured him would surrender Hollywood to new talent: rock of AgesA musical comedy adapted from the Broadway play of the same name.

In addition to Diego, country singer Julianne Hough was featured in the lead role and the cast included Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, with music by various 1980s rock artists including Bon Jovi. Were. , Guns N’ Roses, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Poison, Twisted Sister, etc. A perfect cocktail for a movie blockbuster.

It did not happen. “It was a great lesson for me because everyone told me ‘Diego, this is going to change your life, this is going to be Kill Big, see the cast’. The film comes out and it’s not the big deal everyone expected, it was an important lesson for me not to expect anything the same with any project, ‘Aap Kabhi Nahi Jaatein’ (You never know) , the only thing you can give is your 100%, yes it is doing good or bad, it is out of your control.”

Diego Boneta with Zoë; Kravitz and Adria Arjona at the Tiffany & Co. event in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephanie Keenan / Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)

Diego Boneta with Zoe Kravitz and Adria Arjona at a Tiffany & Co. event in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephanie Keenan / Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)

Despite the failure, Boneta kept trying and other productions considered: shout queens, jane the virgin, City of the Dead… until Netflix came up with a unique proposition.

At another point in the conversation, Diego said that he wanted to tell the life of Luis Miguel through a film and for this he was already in talks with the singer’s team. However, Mark Burnett – with whom she had previously worked – and her bioseries project caught the attention of the interpreter of ‘The Unconditional’ and Netflix, for which she was later invited and joined.

luis miguel, series It ranked 8th most searched series on Google Mexico in 2018. In 2020, search engines reported bioseries and everything related to the Sun became the main search topic in Spanish.

In addition, Netflix was in charge of programming the series in 190 countries, always with their respective dubbing in Spanish, and grossed approximately $35 million in its first season. Luis Miguel recaptured his success and Diego Boneta experienced an international launch with a hitherto unprecedented Latino work.

Since then, Diego has starred in new projects such as Terminator: Dark Fate, father of the Bride, at midnightBut no one has earned the same success as him luis miguel,

In an effort to reconnect with his Latin and Mexican roots, he entered the spirits world with the launch of Defrante Tequila., But it’s too early to tell whether this too will become an industry darling.

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