May 27, 2022 12:00 pm

From Vis a Vis to Las Chicas del Clave: what the new series by Maggie Civantos is about

With a structure that was familiar (where we saw again the elements of the women’s prison, the gang confrontations and an innocent girl locked up in prison), when in 2015 he premiered “Vis a Vis” it was a success. Original from Antena 3 and rescued by FOX Spain, the fiction achieved a combination that turned out to be ideal: with a choral narrative of colorful characters, there was a great balance between drama and comedy, and Maggie Civantos -its protagonist- did a stellar job.

That is why there were many who were happy to meet her again in Netflix’s “Las Chicas del Cable”, a show that was far from the popularity of “Vis a Vis” but in which the talent of the Spanish actress shone again . Today, just one day before the premiere of his new project, we tell you what “Express” is all about and why you shouldn’t miss it.

Maggie Civantos, one of the new queens of Spanish television. Photo: courtesy of Starz Play

Maggie, we saw you bring to life many incredible characters and Barbara – the protagonist of Express – adds to that list. She is a criminal psychologist who experiences a traumatic event. What else can you tell us about her?

I believe that it is essential that they know that he is a character who is at a very specific moment in his life. She is naturally very sure of herself but -when we meet her- all that confidence has crumbled and she is in a very vulnerable moment: he has to face his past, he has to face a trauma.

This was a great challenge as an actress because it was not just about building a character that is one way, but one that is at a point in her life where she is not. Where, for the first time, dwells a series of feelings that he had never had before. I see her as a bit of an anti-heroine because, while she wants to save the world, she will realize that she is going to have to save herself first.

“I see her as a bit of an anti-heroine because, while she wants to save the world, she will realize that she is going to have to save herself first.”

While you speak I think of concepts such as “mental health”, “resilience”… Why do you think it is key that fictions talk about these types of issues on television today?

At the end of the day, they are all topics that we know, right? That helps us identify with what those characters are going through. I think that everything – theater, cinema, television, literature – is made to make us feel less alone. We tell stories to stop feeling alone and if those narratives don’t reflect or represent us, we won’t be able to connect..

“I think that everything – theater, cinema, television, literature – is made to make us feel less alone.”

One of the things that I found most interesting about “Express” was the way in which it manages to touch on all these super current topics: although it is fiction and entertainment, its characters narrate truths that viewers are going to feel reflected. That is to say: despite the dynamic pace of the series, space is given for these stories to unfold and empathize with them.

In that combo of themes, fear is very present in “Express”, right?

Definitely. For me the world moves by love… and by fear. So I think that all the stories have their origin in these two feelings. But going back a bit to Barbara, she is a victim of that fear, isn’t she? He does not want to face him and -throughout the season- we see how he has no other choice and has to deal with that trauma and those fears.

Maggie Civantos
Maggie Civantos

“Express” is listed as a thriller. How would you define the mood of this fiction?

It’s definitely a mix of genres. Is thriller, is action; It is a cocktail of genres and a lot of humanity. With a frenetic pace, that does not trample on the personal stories of the characters, but is there when it has to be.

“It’s a thriller, it’s action; It is a cocktail of genres and a lot of humanity”

I feel that it is the ideal combination between the express rhythm, the action, the thriller, current issues and complex characters that help us understand everything else.

Your character in “Vis a Vis”, in “Las Chicas del Cable” and in “Express” have in common that they are women who put their bodies to the difficulties that arise. What is it like for you to be able to bring these women to life?

It gives me a lot of pride. It is the type of character that I want to see on screen and be able to represent them, it fills me with pride and I feel very fortunate to be living in this time where women are leading projects like this. We know that it wasn’t always this way and that’s why I feel very grateful to be part of this new era of characters where we women are finally represented. We are not seeing a cliché, they are atinheroinas, they are not perfect. Women who make mistakes, who fall and get up, who are warriors.

“I feel very grateful to be part of this new era of characters where we women are finally represented. We are not looking at a cliché, they are heroines, they are not perfect.

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