'Mozart in the Jungle' Star Gael Garcia Bernal on Why Music "Doesn't Obey Any Nationality"

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Gael Garcia Bernal

Bernal, who was in France when he found out about the show's two Golden Globe noms, says of the Jan. 10 ceremony: "I hope that everyone is there, especially Lola Kirke. She better be there because she's my partner in crime on the show."

This story first appeared in the Dec. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Where were you when you found out about Mozart's two nominations?

I was actually in France because I'm prepping for a film. I would have loved to be around the people from the show, but I got a chance to go on a little rampage at night.

How do you make a show about classical music accessible to people who are unfamiliar with that world?

It's about music itself, and everyone has a say in that. Music in general doesn't obey any nationality. It's incredibly wide and eclectic. You can go to any orchestra in the world, and it consists of people of many nationalities that speak different languages. It sounds a little bit trite to say that music is a universal language, but, indeed, there is a universal phenomenon that happens when people get together from different parts of the world to play music.

What do you think it says that Amazon had such a big year?

For someone like me who was born before the Internet, streaming is a strange platform. But it's one that we are incorporating into our lives really quickly. It's fantastic to be doing this in this very new world. It has allowed the possibility of a lot of creative freedom. The atmosphere of the show is really lovely. It feels like they let us have a blast when we're doing the show.

How will you celebrate at the Globes?

I want to have a really good time with the people from Mozart because we were working a lot during last season and didn't have time for a proper wrap party. It will be a nice celebration to coincide with the launch of the second season on Dec. 30. I hope that everyone is there, especially Lola Kirke. She better be there because she's my partner in crime on the show.

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