SPECIAL EDITION for the Ladies: In Conversation with Actor, Jesus Castro, Sharing “Diary of a Gigolo” with AW
AW has enjoyed delivering content to its community that inspires and empowers. We also recognize that life is filled with heavy topics. Therefore, occasionally, we like to share content that is light and entertaining. We believe this can help make space for stories that make you smile. Hope this special segment offers a fun break in your day. Enjoy!
How often do you have real conversations with your girlfriends? What do you talk about? We discuss our kids, husbands, boyfriends, school, work, and everything to do with life, as it happens to us. When was the last time you talked about the things you think about but never say out loud?
I am grateful to have one or two of these friends. The conversations are far and few in between but when time and life allow it, we sit down to dish. Ladies, this is one of those moments to share!
When was the last time you binge-watched something that thrilled you? Reeling you in slowly, so much, that before you know it, you had a full season under your belt! Did you share the title with your girls? I usually do, and they thank me for it. It’s why we have streaming hits like Dark Desire or the 365 Days trilogy. During a recent Saturday night, while scrolling through countless titles, I came across a miniseries that caught my eye and is sure to catch yours, too!
AW had the pleasure of sitting down with its protagonist, who plays an elite male escort, favorited by much of the agency’s clientele. A proposition by one of the women turns into his worst nightmare when he agrees to grant a special service. You will have to watch to learn the unfolding of the rest of the story.
The series’ intrigue is only one of its appeals. The female characters part of the steamy plot are empowered and fearless, somewhat ruthless at times. This is icing on the cake for a show that is not only provocative but also filled with mystery at every turn. The whodunit unravels a web of passion, sex, and lies accompanied by landmine surprises along the way!
In this special edition, AW interviews Jesus about the series, his enigmatic character, and what it was like to work with the women of Diary of a Gigolo.
For audiences that have not yet seen the show, can you tell us a bit about Diary of a Gigolo? Diary of a Gigolo tells the story of Emanuel, a gigolo who works in an art gallery for his stepmother, Minou (played by Academy Award Nominee, Andrea Barraza). He is one of the most favored by the clients and circumstances will draw him into a complicated plot. But I won’t share too much detail about how things unfold, as you will have to watch.
I read an interview where you describe your character, Emanuel, as cultured, interesting, intelligent, and a gentleman but also a sensible man. Admirable qualities but he is also a man who brings a bit of darkness with him wherever he goes. I can imagine there were challenges playing the role of someone who works as a male escort and at the same time is such a gentleman. What was your biggest challenge when transforming into your character? It took more effort to play the good side of this character, it comes easier to play the bad boy. It’s fun to behave badly. Doesn’t hurt to have a little darkness, long as light prevails, and “Jesus” is a little like that, too. In your words, well described, I wanted to give this character sensibility. I did not want Emanuel to be the typical attractive persona who is shallow and out of touch. Someone who doesn’t have emotions, a robot who always knows what to say and do. Hopefully, viewers will see it. We will have to wait for audience feedback about the character.
Oftentimes, in Latino productions, the man plays strong characters. The woman is the weak one, waiting to be saved by her hero. I love the female characters in this series. The actresses, Fabiola Campomanes, Adriana Barraza, Begona Narvaez, and even Victoria White (as we find out at the end) are relentless women who will stop at nothing to get what they want. What was it like to work with a cast of such strong and talented women with you at the center of the story? Truthfully, it was a pleasure to be surrounded by so much talent. These actresses are well known, and although the character traumas and acting sequences were different some intimate, they are such great actors and colleagues that it made work easy. I am fortunate to have been part of an amazing team, such as the one, I collaborated with on this series.
Taking on the role of a gigolo must require some type of research. I can imagine you studied the lifestyle, business, and psychology of a man who does this type of work. What was the most surprising thing you learned about the experience? At any point during production, were you embarrassed by the character? I had to study? Sure, four years of studies. Ha-ha. Starting with the latter, there was no embarrassment at any point during production. I may have been more reserved coming in, as I did not know anyone, and vice versa, but we became a family in a short time.
Obviously, I did not have to study, per se but I did have to keep certain factors in mind about this character. Emanuel was very methodical. Paid close attention, if you moved anything from his space he would pick up on it. He was precise in his movements. An intelligent man, who did well on all social levels. In fact, he was very good at public relations. On an emotional level, grounded, and is clear with his intentions. Some solid qualities, but in the end things got messy.
So, can you tell us anything about what comes next for Emanuel in Diary of a Gigolo? I love the question, very subtle. I can’t share, what I don’t have. My hope would be to return. If it were up to me, I’d make it happen. I don’t know what is next for Emanuel, we’ll see.
I like to end our interviews with a message for our audience. For those that have not yet, watched Diary of a Gigolo, what should they expect to see? For anyone who has not seen it, expect lots of love, sex, drama, intrigue, and secrets. A Molotov cocktail that when it explodes, hopefully, the audience explodes with the product created.
On November 12, 2022, NBC Universal Telemundo released episodes for Spanish-speaking audiences.
Diary of a Gigolo is also streaming on Netflix.
This interview was conducted in the Spanish language and has been condensed for clarity.
Watch the full interview on the AW Confidential YouTube channel or listen on Spotify, Apple, and Anchor.
Visit instagram@jesuscastroactor or Twitter@Jesus_Castro_5 for more on Jesus.
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