Kate del Castillo has come a long way since her days as a famous telenovela star, and the Mexican actress is now proving it to the world with her understated, breakout performance in the indie drama La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon). The movie poignantly depicts the hardship of the immigrant experience from the personal perspective of a mother separated from her only son, and after a welcome reception at Sundance last year, La Misma Luna is finally seeing its well-deserved release on March 19 (thanks to IFC Films).
How’d they like it? If the audible sniffles in the room were any indication, they loved it. Guests, especially the women in the crowd, confessed to getting choked up during the most emotional scenes--a sure sign that the movie’s story was powerfully told. Afterwards,
Alonso replicated his dynamic with his main collaborator in the film during an animated exchange with his co-star Eugenio Derbez, a famed comedian from Mexico who’s also in the upcoming immigrant drama Sangre de Mi Sangre. In Luna, Derbez’s character is at first resentful as he’s forced to become Carlitos’ guardian, but then eventually embraces it with heartbreaking fullness. Off-camera, the two again playfully nagged each other over what Derbez referred to as their “love-hate relationship,” and the older star recalled that Alonso “made prank calls to my hotel room…he’d come to my room at one in the morning, knock on my door and then run away. The next day, it was really easy to play my role,” he joked.
Another highlight of La Misma Luna, of course, is a choice cameo by Los Tigres del Norte, who Riggin called “The Rolling Stones of Mexico” and who she said were so moved by the screenplay that they recorded an original song for the soundtrack and played their role for free. But ultimately, it’s the character of Rosario who provoked most emotional response…even from del Castillo herself. “I loved doing telenovelas, but as an actress I always want to do something more. When I came to