Romina Fernandes, chosen by Guillermo Francella to compose his daughter in Granizo: “The criticism did not make me doubt my talent as an actress”

That day he went to the theater and gave his performance of An Enemy of the People as always. At the end, already in dressing rooms, they told him that William Francella was in the audience and wanted to greet her. She received him, they talked for a few minutes and she never heard from him again. A year later, while she was on vacation in Mar del Plata, she received a call Mark Carnevale: Director of elsa and fred Y Lion heart She was about to shoot a new movie, and she wanted to meet her because Francella had thought of her to play her daughter in fiction. That was how Romina Fernandes became Carla Flores, one of the characters in Hail. “Guillermo’s attitude moves me, because what he did is not very common. They usually compliment you but don’t recommend you. He is a great colleague, he trusted me and I learned a lot from him”, he tells THE NATION.

The actress confesses that, despite having a long career in theater, she did not have much experience on film sets. “Suddenly, he was playing in the big leagues. At times she was quite nervous because she felt a lot of responsibility and there were things about the cinema that I had never experienced. Guillermo was very generous with me, he worried about making me feel comfortable. I absorbed as much as I could from him as well as from other great masters who worked on the film, like Carnevale or Peto Menahem”, he comments.

Romina Fernándes composes Carla Flores, the daughter of Guillermo Francella’s character in GranizoNetflix Press

What Romina Fernandes never imagined are the repercussions it had Hail. For better and for worse. Let’s start with the good: since its premiere and until last week, it was the non-English language film of Netflix most viewed in the world. It ranked number 1 in countries like Peru, Chile and Colombia, but also in Bulgaria, Israel, Taiwan and Greece. “I did not expect such success. I imagined that it was going to be widely seen in Argentina, but not that it would be liked throughout the world –she says, still surprised-. I think it’s because it’s not a local story, it touches on universal themes. In addition, it deals with many ironies of life with humor and makes us reflect on our priorities. Many people have written to me telling me that they identified with my character and with the father-daughter relationship”.

Fernándes plays Carla, the daughter of Miguel Flores (Francella), a famous meteorologist who never failed a forecast throughout his career. However, on the day of the premiere of her own television show, she does not give notice about a strong hail that is going to fall on the city of Buenos Aires. Thus, the public – who used to love him and stopped him in the street to ask him selfie and autographs-, he begins to hate him and blame him for all the evils and destruction caused by the storm.

Such is the rejection of the public, that he is forced to escape and return to his native Córdoba, where he is reunited with his daughter. A daughter with whom he barely speaks on the phone and – of course – whom he hardly knows. “I loved my character because she is a super current mine, who does not want to get married, who does not want to have children. And when his father arrives, he begins to ask her why he doesn’t want a family and complains about the grandchildren. These two generations face each other ”, he assumes.

-Social and family mandates appear…

-Yes, the mandates that we all have and that we must begin to break. I have a lot of friends like Carla who don’t want to be mothers and have that social and family burden. I, who already have a son, feel the burden of having to give him a little brother. You need to stop and think about what you really want.

The actress, at the avant premiere of Granizo
The actress, at the avant premiere of Granizo

-Your father was the renowned theater director Augusto Fernandes. How was your relationship with him? Did you have the kind of father-daughter arguments you see in the movie?

-Do not. My old man was an old man but he thought it was super old-fashioned that I was getting married. Since he loved my husband very much, he was afraid that the marriage would ruin our bond. In real life, I have a very different position than Carla: I got married, I’m a mom, but I always consciously tried to balance all aspects of my life. We spend a lot of time with our son, but at the same time we take care of our time as a couple, to go out, go to the theater, have dinner and have our privacy. We help each other so that no one feels that he is not being able to do what he wants. It seems to me that in order to have a good motherhood and for your son to grow up happy, you need to be happy. I am happy spending time with my baby, but I am also happy working, I am happy with my personal time, with time with my husband. In fact, now I am going to shoot a movie in Uruguay for a month and a half and my son stays here with his father.

“Very exaggerated.” “Improbable”. “Imposted”. Or “Why hire an actress from Buenos Aires to play Cordoba?”. In recent days, social networks have been filled with criticism of Romina Fernándes due to the Cordovan tune that she had to adopt for her role in Hail.

"I think I was left in the middle of an old pike between Córdoba and Buenos Aires, something that is also seen in the plot of the film and that makes me very sorry"says Fernandes about the criticism he received for his work in the film
“I think I ended up in the middle of an old pica between Córdoba and Buenos Aires, something that is also seen in the plot of the film and that makes me very sorry,” says Fernándes about the criticism he received for his work in the film.

When I hear that they wonder why they didn’t put an actress from Cordoba, I feel that it contradicts the foundations of acting. It cannot be that only a Cordovan actress can play a Cordovan. It is not like this. In this case, we would have to ask ourselves why they do not look for doctors to act as doctors. There are a lot of Spanish actresses who have starred in movies playing Argentine and there are a lot of Cordovan actresses and actors in Buenos Aires who have to do a Buenos Aires tune. It’s a comment I don’t understand. Acting is just about becoming other people”, she defends herself, somewhat annoyed.

I think I was left in the middle of an old pike between Córdoba and Buenos Aires, something that is also seen in the plot of the film and that makes me very sorry“, follow.

Fernandes and Francella, in a scene from Granizo
Fernandes and Francella, in a scene from GranizoMarcos Ludevid/NETFLIX

-How do you cope with this barrage of criticism?

It’s not nice to read such things. I was not prepared to receive them, I had to take an intensive course on what the exhibition is. I feel very sorry because it cost me a lot to get to have a role like this, it was not easy. And I also prepared myself with a coach Cordovan for six months to achieve the tune. I did it with a lot of commitment and respect.

-Did they make you doubt your talent as an actress?

– No, they didn’t make me doubt. Luckily, those negative reviews are not unanimous, I also received many congratulations, even from Cordoba. But I am very sorry that we are like this, that there is so much human evil.

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Romina Fernandes, chosen by Guillermo Francella to compose his daughter in Granizo: “The criticism did not make me doubt my talent as an actress”