Five Favorite Films with Genesis Rodriguez
Plus, the Casa de mi Padre star on her history in telenovelas, what she thought of Will Ferrell playing a Mexican, and working alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Last Stand.
In the odd chance that you happened to be watching Mexican telenovelas sometime in the last five or six years, you may have locked eyes upon Genesis Rodriguez, a young actress who was a regular cast member on several shows before moving to Los Angeles for an arc on Entourage. You're also likely to enjoy her performance as Will Ferrell's absurdly radiant paramour in this week's Casa de mi Padre, a movie that riffs heavily on the telenovelas of Rodriguez's past. The actress' training in those deadly serious, unintentionally cheesy melodramas proved a perfect fit for the film, which calls for a steely straight face while delivering ripe dialogue and acting against kitsch sets -- not to mention Ferrell's weirdly intoned Spanish.
We sat down with Rodriguez for a chat last week, in which she reflected on working with Ferrell and his intentions behind playing a Mexican. Plus, she talked a little about working with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the forthcoming Last Stand. First, though -- before we ran out of time -- she ran through her all-time five favorite comedies...
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004; 66% Tomatometer)
National Lampoon's Vacation, European Vacation, and Christmas Vacation(Harold Ramis, Amy Heckerling, Jeremiah Chechik; 1983, 1985, 1989; 94%, 38%, 63% Tomatometers)
Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks; 1974; 94% Tomatometer)
Next, Rodriguez on how her telenovela background prepped her for Casa de mi Padre, what she thinks of Will Ferrell's Spanish, and working with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Last Stand.