Film

Interview with Veronica star Sandra Escacena

Q: Can you tell us about your film Veronica and the character you play?

A: VERONICA is a horror story, but I think the most terrifying aspect of the film is not the fear of the paranormal – it is the fear of growing up, adolescence, loneliness, not being able to control the changes in your body or not recognizing yourself in the mirror.

In my role of Veronica I represent a lonely adolescent girl who has been charged with more responsibilities than those of her age. She has to take care of two sisters and her little brother, do the housework and study. Her father is dead and her mother is always busy – and her friends do not help her so much. She is lost.

Q: What were the biggest challenges of playing the lead role in a horror film?

A: WELL, this has been my first film and I just wanted to do it great. I tried in every moment not to disappoint my director Paco Plaza. He trusted in me from the beginning so I was always paying attention to his instructions and help him with the children. I thought it would be difficult to work with children but I took control and treated them as if they were really my own little sisters and brother.

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Q: The film was inspired by true events. Were you aware of the story and did it influence your approach to the film in any way?

A: NO. I had not even heard about the story which inspired Veronica. But when I read the script of the film I looked for information about the events that happened in Vallecas.

Q: Paco Plaza is a very successful director in the horror genre. What were your experiences working with him?

A: YES, he is successful. I admire his work a lot. Paco and I connected from the beginning.

He is professional and it is quite easy to work with him. He has a lot of brilliant and funny ideas. I will always be thankful for the opportunity that Paco has given me. He is a great person and I simply adore him.

Q: Have you had any personal experiences with the supernatural? Do you enjoy horror films?

A: NO. I have never had experiences with the supernatural. Yes, I enjoy them a lot – it is one of my favourite genres.

Q: You worked with experienced actress Ana Torrent and two younger actresses. What was the atmosphere like on set?

A: PACO Plaza created a great atmosphere on set. Ana Torrent is an incredible actress and she is also kind, so working with her was really easy. The two little girls were like my sisters. We spent so much time together, so we were like a real family.

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Q: How did you get into acting and why do you want to pursue it?

A: WHEN I was at primary school I had theatre as a subject. I liked it very much so I went to an acting academy at age 8. I want to continue working as an actress because it is something I really enjoy – and I feel so good when I act.

Q: Can you tell us about your theatre background? 

A: I STARTED doing theatre at 8. It was the first thing I did, so I learned everything from theatre.

Q: What are your ambitions? Is there anyone you would love to work with or that you aspire to?

A: I WANT to work as actress. Also I would like to go to university. I would like to work with Adèle Exarchopoulos, Hilary Swank, María Valverde, Almodóvar and Bayona – just to name a few.

Q: Lastly, do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

A: NOT yet. My actual project is to finish High School.

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