The Netflix dramas popping out of Spain are a few of the greatest that the streaming big has to supply. Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) has turn into a fan favourite for its gripping storylines dropped at life with the excellent performances of the forged, whereas Élite combines the most effective parts of Gossip Girl and How to Get Away with Murder to create an addictive present with numerous twists and turns.
This could or could not must do with the truth that three of Élite‘s forged members additionally star in Money Heist. It’s not an unusual apply for actors contracted with sure streamers to star in a number of roles (à la Noah Centineo), and given the pool of expertise in Spain and similarities between Élite and Money Heist, casting these three actors is a pure selection.
María Pedraza’s heartbreaking function as Marina Nunier Osuna on the primary season of Élite was arduous to observe, however with the ability to make us really feel is the signal of actor. On Money Heist, Pedraza performs Alison Parker, daughter of the British ambassador to Spain and one of many individuals taken hostage in a heist.
In addition to Élite and Money Heist, María Pedraza can also be part of another Spanish Netflix dramas: Toy Boy, additionally stuffed with scandal and crime, and Amar, a coming-of-age love story the place she stars within the lead function.
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Another actor whose time in Élite was criminally quick, Miguel Herrán’s means to go from class clown Christian Varela Expósito to knowledgeable hacker Rio is a good show of versatility from a younger actor. On Money Heist, Herrán’s character Rio — a pseudonym instead of his actual identify, Aníbal Cortés — really resembles Christian in some ways. He is aware of giggle and be lighthearted, even within the face of significant conditions. It’s because of this that he’s garnered a lot love for his participation in each reveals.
You also can watch Herrán in movies like 2015’s Nothing in Return (which earned him the Best New Actor recognition on the Goya Awards — Spain’s model of the Oscars), 1898, Our Last Men within the Philippines, and The Invisible Guardian, the latter two additionally out there on Netflix now.
On Money Heist, Jaime Lorente performs the younger felony Denver who joins his father within the heist. On Élite, he performs Nano, the older brother of Samuel (Itzan Escamilla) who typically finds himself out and in of hassle whereas entertaining a relationship with Pedraza’s Marina. That on-screen chemistry spilled off-screen: the 2 have been an merchandise since 2018.
A classically skilled actor, Lorente studied performing at The Superior School of Dramatic Art in Murcia, Spain, and because the has appeared in essentially the most productions as he’s had extra years within the trade. He most not too long ago starred in one other Netflix manufacturing alongside Pedraza: Who Would You Take to a Deserted Island?, a drama launched final 12 months that sits in the identical vein as Élite with secrets and techniques gone awry.