MEXICO CITY – Despite living in the United States, Mexican actor Diego Boneta wants to keep one foot in Mexico and develop part of his career in his native land because of its wealth of talent.
In an interview with EFE, Boneta said he never expected to be nominated for a Platino Award thanks to his role in “Luis Miguel, The Series,” but said whatever happens at the awards ceremony on May 12, he feels he has already been honored.
The 28-year-old Mexico City native, who besides acting is also a singer, is at a new height in his career following the success of this series, in which his interpretation of the life and voice of a young Luis Miguel is an impressive display of his own musical and acting talent.
On Sunday, May 12, winners of the Platino Awards will be named. Those competing against Boneta for Best Actor in a Miniseries will be Diego Luna (“Narcos: Mexico”), Javier Rey (“Fariña”) and Nicolas Furtado (“El Marginal II”).
“Just a year after the series premiered, it’s incredible to be celebrating it like this,” he said.
He also noted the importance of the whole production team because, for him, “it’s not a nomination for the work of just one individual,” but for everyone who took part, from the cast to the producers to the screenwriters.
“It was a very sizeable team that helped achieve this – which is something people aren’t usually aware of because it’s the actor who gets the prize,” he added.
It was some time ago that Boneta began his invasion of Hollywood, where he has lived for the last 12 years.
He has acted in such movies as “Mean Girls 2” and “Rock of Ages,” as well as appearing in the ninth “The Terminator” film.
He also had roles in the famed series “Jane the Virgin” and “The Dovekeepers,” which have boosted his popularity in Mexico and worldwide while nailing down his place in the competitive world of Hollywood.
Despite all that, Boneta said he wishes to “always keep one foot in Mexico,” because he considers it has “incredible talent: good directors, screenwriters and producers,” who must keep doing what they’re doing and build on it.
“I want to work with the best talent I can and I believe that many of the best are here,” he said.
In this “celebration and showcase of Ibero-American film,” which are the Platino Awards, the big favorite is the acclaimed “Roma” by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, whose work has received admiring international reviews and multiple awards.
Boneta was particularly pleased that movies in Spanish nowadays can tell all manner of stories and have success in countries that speak other languages while gaining global appreciation, something that “never used to happen.”
This success of Ibero-American movies is connected, according to Boneta, not only to the abundance of talent, but also to the technology and opening of the film world to other formats like series.
As for the Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema ceremony, to be held in Mexico’s Riviera Maya tourism and resort district, the actor feels very excited and in good company, both for his fellow nominees and for the people he has been getting to know through his work.
“It will be just as it has always been, a meeting of Spanish-speaking cultures celebrating our films and the stories we tell,” Boneta said.