Leticia Dolera (Barcelona, 1981) premieres Vida perfecta, 18th October on Movistar+. An eight-episode series with none other than… Leticia Dolera in the leading role and which tells the story of three women facing issues like maternity, relationships, happiness, the future and work, and whose unfulfilled expectations give them a disenchanted perspective of life. We sat down with actress and director Leticia to discuss all these topics.
“I’m not the standard bearer for feminism in this country, I’m just one more voice among thousands of others”
In your debut film, Requirements To Be A Normal Person (2015), you were a little bit wilder. Now with Vida perfecta, do you think the time has come to get serious as a director?
I don’t know if ‘serious’ would be the right word, because it’s still a comedy. Sure, Requirements To Be A Normal Person was more naive and plain, and in Vida perfecta, I explored the characters’ lights and shadows, as well as their imperfect lives plagued by contradiction.
Is humor the ideal travel companion for discussing serious issues while staying under the radar?
Humor helps you transition to drama more easily, but life itself is like that. Life’s a blend of grotesque, painful and absurd moments.
Tell us about the three protagonists, played by yourself, Celia Freijeiro and Aixa Villagrán? In other words, María, Cristina and Esther.
The three of them face a life crisis and have to accept that maybe the life they had imagined for themselves, doesn’t actually exist. Maria’s classical life plan falls apart. Cristina has to change to reconnect with herself. And Esther, my movie-sister, is a super hedonistic woman who realizes she doesn’t fit into society.
By the way, Aixa Villagrán was a great discovery. Where has she been ‘hiding’?
The casting director suggested her for the role and I immediately became fascinated. Aixa has a lot of truth, strength and personality, and she puts everything into her work. The comedy element in Vida perfecta doesn’t come from the gags, but from the drama, and Aixa manages to jump from one genre to another seamlessly.
More women, this time behind the cameras. You’ve co-directed with Elena Martín and Ginesta Guindal.
And I’ve been delighted to have two such sensitive and talented filmmakers working with me on this project. The three of us felt that we were discussing issues that affected us all. Both Elena and Ginesta, who have an amazing capacity for leadership and work, have managed to leave their own distinctive mark and personality on their respective episodes.
Gari, who plays the excellent Enric Auquer, really shines among the male cast members. When you were shooting Vida perfecta’ you had no idea Auquer would become the revelation actor of the year thanks to Paco Plaza’s movie Who Lives By The Sword.
With Enric it was love at first sight. He’s an amazingly versatile and honest actor and I needed someone I connected with just by looking him in the eye.
And the name of the series, it’s ironic, right?
Yes, in the sense that we are all waiting for the perfect life. And it doesn’t exist! In addition, we’ve turned the series title upside down. We discuss the decisions we make and how they’re conditioned by fear and cultural baggage.
Since you’ve become a leading figure of feminism and are often asked about different social issues, do you find that all too often your answers are taken out of context?
Yeah, sometimes journalists are more interested in making headlines, so they go with the most controversial thing you’ve said in an interview. Eventually, I learned that it’s beyond my control, so I just laugh it off. In any case, I’m not the not the standard bearer for feminism in this country, I’m just one more voice among thousands of others. Because of my profession, I’ve been fortunate enough to act as spokesperson for the many of these people.