Merli: Sapere Aude, the eagerly awaited spin-off from the Merli series, which Movistar + premiered on December 5.

Carlos Cuevas (Montcada i Reixac, 1995) takes the reins of the story created by Héctor Lozano, through his charismatic character, Pol Rubio, who enters the university to study philosophy. But Pol will also take advantage of time and his youth to fall in love and engage in as many types of sexual encounters as possible. The actor tells us about Pol’s new and exciting adventures, outside and inside the classroom. And what’s his relationship with Bruno Bergeron going to be throughout these eight episodes? That’s the real question.

In “Merli: Sapere Aude”, Pol Rubio is no longer such a … hooligan, free, unconscious?

Pol retains his essence: he is that Merli boy, the one audiences continue to recognize, with his blowouts and his mess ups, but he’s back with a more mature Pol. At the beginning of the new series, Merli Francesc Orella) has just died, and Pol is lost, grieving and wants to leave school. But he enters the university to study philosophy.

In addition, he handles one long-pending subject, which is to reconcile with his father, again played by Boris Ruiz

The death of Merli, who was a reference for my character, dynamited many things in his life. And there will be an approach with his father, although they have history and it won’t be easy. The two have never been very friendly.

“I’m not scared by sex scenes, whenever they’re justified”

In college, Pol has a lecturer who will get him into more trouble that he’d ever imagined. What’s María Bolaño like? the character played by María Pujalte

Bolaño will become Pol’s new intellectual reference, a generator of hopes and a projection of what he wants to be when he grows up. She gets involved hands-on, passionate and loves sparking debate among her students.

Is it true that there are a lot of sex scenes in the series?

Totally! I’m not afraid of sex scenes, as long as they are justified. The only restriction I put on this issue is when it falls into gratuity and bad taste. The sex scene has to explain something about the story and the characters. Pol will discover a type of sex he had not experienced before …

 “I find it intriguing to explain stories from my perspective”

A year ago, you said no to several theatre projects, to shoot the series 45 revoluciones (Antena 3). Do you feel like returning to the theatre now?

I always do, and to do more things, besides acting. I’ve great respect for directing and writing, but I’d love to try. When I am on a shoot I ask the team about their work. I ask the cinematographer about the lenses he uses. I’m intrigued with the idea of telling stories from my perspective. I’ll never stop acting though, and, on the other hand, I think that all directors should study interpretation to understand our work and to get to know what makes actors tick.

“I hope popularity hits me while I’m filming”

You are very restless culturally. A recent movie that you liked a lot? And a lifelong classic?

The Days to Come, by Carlos Marques-Marcet, is my favorite movie of 2019. And last week I saw “In the 90’s” by Jonah Hill, and I wish I had directed it. A classic?  Pierrot le Fou (1965), by Jean-Luc Godard. I love the Nouvelle Vague: Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer …

After the premiere of Merli: Sapere Aude, are you ready for another wave of popularity?

I don’t like popularity at all, and I hope it hits me when I’m working, on the set or in a theater. Some people go in search of popularity, but it’s beyond me. And I’m not trying to be all cool, indie intellectual here, no. Some people who walk up to you are very friendly and polite, but there are others who ask you for a photo in a hospital or during a funeral.

Pere Vall is a journalist and the world of entertainment in general, specialized in cinema.
In Time Out, ARA, RNE, Catalunya Ràdio, and was editor in Fotogramas during more than 20 years.Fan of Fellini, horror films and the humour and comedy in general. As a child, he wanted to look like Alain Delon, and has ended up with a certain similarity in Chicho Ibáñez Serrador. Not complained about it.