She gives life to Claudia in the choir ‘Where two fit’, a comedy about love and polyamory co-written and directed by Paco Caballero
Hard-working and constant, based on tenacity and effort, Pilar Castro (Madrid, 1970) has made a niche for herself in the difficult world of the audiovisual industry. The actress, who is now experiencing a sweet moment in her career, premieres this weekend ‘Where two fit’, a choral comedy about polyamory in which she plays Claudia, the wife of a guy who, together with his friend, tries to hurdir a strategy for exchanging pairs.
-How is it?
-Well, although now I’m shooting at night and it’s a bit of a mess, but I’m fine. Maybe a little puzzled with life.
-Well, what do I know, with all this covid, it seems that it never goes away. In the filming we suffer a lot because although I am already vaccinated, you do not know if you are going to stop, if you arrive or not, and it is strange.
-Have the shootings changed a lot?
-There is a part in which I do notice one more point of added stress. ‘Where two fit’ is a miraculous case because although it is a movie where we all got involved with everyone there was not a single positive and I remember it as a quiet shoot. I am very happy that the filming continues and that everything continues to be done with a lot of struggle and a lot of desire.
-How did the project come to you? What caught you out of it?
-I have always said that I like working with people who want to work with me. They offered it to me and at first I had doubts and I was a little surprised because I wanted to see where I was going to shoot. Then I met Paco Caballero at rehearsals and he seemed like a great guy, who gave us a lot of freedom, despite being very clear about it. And then working with Ernesto Alterio, who is like my brother, Luis Callejo, who is a wonderful uncle, and María Morales, who met for the first time … Well, I really wanted that quartet and I knew we were going to work, that something was going to come up there. And so it was, in rehearsals he grew a lot and there was a lot of chemistry and it was a very sweet shoot.
-Did you know anything about the ‘swinger’ world and polyamory? Called attention?
-I had no idea (laughs) and yes, everything catches my attention, of course.
Precisely, this year there have been two Spanish comedies in this regard: ‘Poliamor para principiantes’ and hers.
-Well, they are ways of loving. I am one of those who think that there is a lot of confusion and that we are in a moment of so many things, so much information, that sometimes we get lost. I defend the freedom of each one, who loves as they want with whoever they want and whoever they want. But I also defend that it is not a consumerist way, putting a little more value on the human being and love, which I think is very important.
-Difficult, in time of Tinder.
-Well, I think that Tinder, like Instagram, Twitter or Tik Tok, if you know how to use them well, can be a vehicle to find people. His thing is to contact people without losing respect. Now I just read a headline with which I quite agree and that is that the courtship is a bit lacking and ‘Where two fit’ also talks a bit about love and not only from here we all fuck and that’s it. Deep down, people always suffer for love.
-Why do you think these issues continue to attract so much attention? Is it so rare to find people with different conceptions of sex and love?
– I do not know, it is that it is a complicated subject. I insist that the important thing is that each one is free. There are people who are super good with their partner and do not need to change partners to experience other things and there are others who do need it … Well, how good and how wonderful that they can do it and do it! And of course how good that now there are less prejudices when taking these initiatives. Times have changed a lot and we also come from a lot of repression.
-Most of the scenes in this choral comedy take place in a ‘swingers’ place, but yours are in a flat. Did it make you angry?
-No, not anger. It will emerge (laughs). As we were in full covid, I said that the four of us were better off alone. It would have given me more respect to be in the place, although I would have liked to share scenes with more actors because I love working with people with whom I have not worked, it is one of the things I like the most.
-How does it take to shoot risque scenes?
-I already have it very normalized, before when I was younger I did have more qualms, depending on how the scene was and how. But if they are justified, I have no problem with nudes. Anyway, I think Paco took great care of us. Of course, it’s always good to have a ‘feeling’ with your teammates and in this case I did. I will also tell you that it is not one of the things that costs me the most as an actress.
-And what is the most difficult for you?
-I have a hard time extreme things, being cold or hot, working with dogs, doing things a little more risky, like shooting in a forest at night … Although then the experiences are wonderful and cool and you get experiences that you never would have. done differently.
-After this terrible year and a half, do you see the light at the end of the tunnel?
-I think it has been very long because it is very hard and we came from the most absolute freedom and this has been as if our freedom had been cut off, in every way, but also because it had to be that way. Obviously, it seems miraculous to me that we are already vaccinated and it has only been a year and a half since this pandemic exploded. Yes, I feel more relaxed being vaccinated, but now I am more distressed for my son, who is 15 years old, and for the younger people. I think that we are not going to go to the worse.
-He’s been working almost non-stop since the mid-90s …
-No, that is not true, I have always stopped a lot, what happens is that I have been very constant and hard-working, but I have had many terrible moments because you always think that the phone will never ring and that I think is a mantra that we actors carry. That is why many times it is very scary to say no, that you are not going to do a project, it scares me, I have had to learn to say it and that I do not have too many projects and especially with this pandemic situation it still gives much more afraid. I never know what my life will be like in years, so it’s very complicated. I handle it badly and I have stopped many times, what happens is that I have worked a lot and thus I have become an actress, learning, falling and getting up.