Shooting Star: Veronica Echegui


After making a big splash at the boxoffice and with international critics with her film debut in the title role of Bigas Luna's "My Name Is Juani," Echegui has followed up with a thriller, a romantic comedy and a drama, as well as her first English-language feature.

The Hollywood Reporter: How do you think being selected a shooting star will help your career?
Veronica Echegui: I think it will help to find projects abroad. Once someone knows you, it opens doors for upcoming projects.

THR: What is the most challenging role you've had to date?

Echegui: I think "Prison Yard." It was very hard personally and professionally.

THR: You just finished your first role in English. Would you like to follow up with more English-language films right away?

Echegui: I have an English-language film already lined up for in a few months. But the first thing I want to do is improve a bit more. I'm not in any hurry.

THR: Your career started with a title role in a Bigas Luna film. How does that affect the pressure to grow in your career after having such a big role with a big director?

Echegui: The pressure exists and I do feel it, specifically because of the situation you describe. But I think I know how to handle it well because I put a lot of pressure on myself.

THR: Future projects?

Echegui: We were going to do "El Otro Viaje" in February, but now it's on standby. I have one in England and one for May, but (the deals) are not closed and I can't comment on anything. One is in English, and one is in Spanish.

THR: Do you see yourself as part of a new group of young Spanish stars?

Echegui: As far as my generation goes, there are a few different kinds of actors. It is true there is one that is more clearly looking to follow in the steps of the pioneers -- Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. That group is very aware of what it takes to make it as an actor, the necessary training and the need to work in different languages.