Zoe Saldaa: “'Maya and the Three' challenge 's old' restaurant '”

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A nonconformist princess in an exuberant and magical pre-Hispanic world. That is the bet of “Maya and the Three”, the new animated series on Netflix with a lot of Latin flavor with scam actress Zoe Saldaa as leader on its dubbing.

“Maya defies old ‘store'”, assured an interview with Efe about.

Saldaa is just one of the many well-known names who have lent their voice to this project, since “Maya and the Three” also has the dubbing of Rita Moreno, Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Kate del Castillo or Isabela Merced.

“Maya and the Three”, which will land on the electronic platform this Friday, tells the story about a brave princess named Maya (Zoe Saldaa) who, following the keys to an ancient prophecy, must find the three legendary warriors to save humanity. .

Conceived as a great tribute to the culture with the mythology about the Aztecs, the Mayan Incas with them, “Maya and the Three” has been a series created by Jorge 3rd there’s r. Gutirrez, the Mexican movie director behind the movie “The Reserve of Living” (2014).

Question.- You have already worked with Jorge L. Gutirrez in the dubbing of “The Guide Lifetime”. What is so special about what I would like to repeat?

Answer.- Jorge was brilliant. Not only its stories, which are so beautiful in its entirety, but also its aesthetics for animation, which has so many nuances, is fresh and very original.

Then there is also the mission that he has undertaken with his wife and creative partner (Sandra Equihua) to be able to dazzle with their culture and tradition.

Q.- The series pays tribute to pre-Hispanic cultures.

A.- Who better than a person who is part of that community to tell this story in an authentic way, from an internal point of view that is more intimate.

I think Jorge really accomplished that and that he didn’t do it in a way that looked like a sermon or a history lesson. It seems to me that it is like a bonus added to the universal growth story of a young woman who knows who she is but who is limited by these chains of tradition that force her to fulfill roles that she does not want.

Q.- Maya is often told that “this is not a girl’s place.” How do you defy the conventions of what it traditionally meant to be a woman?

R.- Maya, being a very upright girl, challenges the old “establishment”, especially men, to realize that her body belongs to her (smile).

We women are going to be patient, but we are going to bring change. And I think it also depends on men like Jorge, who was raised by great women and who openly and willingly celebrates women and shares it with whoever is willing to listen.

Jorge is who he is because of the women who raised him and because of the woman who loves him. I think men like him are joining the evolution of the narrative about women.


Q.- What is the secret of a good dubbing?

A.- The technical secret is green apples (laughs). They are so acidic that they activate your glands. Green tea, honey, lemon … the usual. Also good to wear comfortable clothes (more laughs). And be yourself.

But the important thing is to do your research and arrive prepared. When you are performing in front of a camera, you have many resources you can rely on: your body, your wardrobe, the props … But when you do dubbing, your voice is your only instrument of interpretation. So it is good to have knowledge of what you are going to do before entering there.

Q.- In Hollywood there is often talk of improving diversity and representation on the screen. Where does animation enter this conversation?

A.- It seems to me that animation can be like science fiction in the sense that, since the environment is much more fictitious, it gives human beings the possibility to go beyond their abilities to visualize something.

My wish would be that after seeing “Maya and the Three” on animation, one of us can all see about this film the a princess with an Aztec warrior on a movie about true action that could be interpreted, for example, by Isabel Merced. Let it be the “blockbuster” worldwide to celebrate that legacy.

We still have a long way to go, it’s less those who make the decisions about an old “organization”, for something that is out on the comfort area to see.

But animation can be that important inspiration that allows us to visualize the unimaginable. I feel like animation has always been a step ahead of its time with it’s been a much freer form of storytelling, of course.