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“AARON DIAZ” by Greg Vaughan

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You got your acting start in Mexico and broke into the Hollywood scene in 2011 on “Panam,” and you now star on “Quantico.” Did you find it challenging to get roles in the American entertainment industry? Why or why not?

Acting was never a part of my plan growing up…it was destiny, I suppose.

I grew up in the restaurant business and always thought I would go on to taking care of the family business. One day, I happened to be visiting a friend that worked at some television studios. Someone saw me and invited me to join the network’s acting school. I was 20 at the time, and on summer vacation. I decided to give it a chance and before the summer was over, a producer for the network held auditions to all the students for his new show, and that’s where my acting career started. I always had exclusivity contracts, which didn’t let me work for any other network but that one. Once that contract was over, I was able to accept projects elsewhere. So, to answer your question, I think my career is naturally transitioning, it just flows and falls into place by itself. I don’t know if I can say it’s been hard but on the other hand, I’ve had a fourteen year career so maybe it’s taken me that long to get roles in the American market…I suppose it depends on how you look at it.

What are some of the key differences between the Latin American and US industries?

Basically the language…the rest is generally very similar. I guess the programming is different as well, there are a lot more dramas than anything else. In the Latin American market, the most popular shows are Telenovelas, which are on prime time for one hour a day…you can see why they’re so popular, people get very attached to them.

Can you tell us a bit about your character, Leon Velez, on “Quantico?” What drew you to the role? Do you relate to him in any way?

Leon is a photojournalist and because of his work, he is well traveled. He’s seen a lot of things in his line of work…most of which are very dark. I love action and thrillers and that’s what drew me to this project. I don’t relate to Leon and that’s usually the case with most of my characters. One of the many things I love about acting is that I get to interpret different people and that’s what I’m always looking for in characters; that they are different from one another.

In your opinion, what makes “Quantico” stand out from other shows in the crime/drama genre?

The writing; the parallel storylines and most importantly, our very diverse cast.

Do you feel that your Latin American background allows for typecasting on US shows? How do you try and break the mold?

I’m sure it does…I’ve seen it firsthand. The interesting thing in this case is that I’m Mexican American-Mexican father and American mother. I grew up in both countries. If I used my mother’s maiden name, which is Spencer, and didn’t have a career in Latin America, I would most likely get offered other types of characters because physically, I could be from anywhere. I don’t try to break the mold. On the contrary, having a career in those markets means I bring a large following to the project and that is something American networks are aware of and interested in.

Aside from an acting career, you’re also a singer and have released two albums. Can you tell us about your inspiration/creative process when writing music? Can fans expect a new album in the near future?

Music was actually part of my life before acting. Growing up, I had a band and we would play at parties etc. I love music in general but jazz, blues, and big band have a special place in my life. I started listening to it because of my grandmother. When she passed, I dedicated my first album to her and produced a show with a whole big band and dancers in a cabaret in Mexico City, called “Amapola.” Most of the songs I’ve written are for shows I’ve done. I’ve discovered it’s the only way to do both.

What’s the best lyric you’ve ever written?

In my opinion, it’s one that talks about how we are all equal; doesn’t matter where you come from. It’s in Spanish but I’ll translate a little piece for you…

Tu y yo somos iguales

Somos hermanos y somos carnales

Mexicano Americano LatinoAmericano

Es lo mismo somos uno

Abre los ojos mi hermano

Tú respiras yo respiro para que nos peleamos

Ni dividas los latidos de un mismo corazón

You and I are equal

We are brothers and we are carnal

Mexican American Latin American

It’s the same thing

We are one

Open your eyes, my brother

You breathe, I breathe

Why are we fighting?

Don’t divide the heartbeats of one same heart

When did you know you wanted to become an actor?

I wasn’t sure of it even when I had already started my career. It wasn’t until I finished shooting the first role I played and people started calling and writing the production, asking them to write me back in. They did and I ended up being the lead in that show. When I realized the power the fans have and I understood I could make a living out it, and I had the support of fans, that’s when decided I wanted to do this forever.

As a model and actor, do you feel that men and women face the same pressure to adhere to the industry’s (sometimes unrealistic) standards of beauty?

In my opinion, there’s nothing that stands out more than uniqueness. That’s where you find the real beauty. Doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, if you “find yourself,” you will have more success than if you’re trying to be someone you’re not.

Do any of the skills you need for singing/performing and acting overlap or do you keep both careers separate?

I’ve learned that it’s impossible to do both things; each one is a full time job.

That is why I try to incorporate my music to my shows, when possible.

What’s the craziest thing a fan ever done for or said to you?

Wow! Hahahaha, that’s a difficult question to answer. Let me just tell you, I have physical scars from fans trying to take a souvenir.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Playing characters I’ve never played before and looking for the next best character that demands the most of me.

 

 

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Vive aventura en la región

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Aarón Díaz y Dylan Efron filman escenas de acción en locaciones de Ciudad Juárez y la Sierra Tarahumara para el programa ‘Reconexión México’

Ciudad Juárez y Chihuahua ahora forman parte de las grandes aventuras del actor mexicano Aarón Díaz y del intérprete estadounidense Dylan Efron, quien al igual que su hermano Zac Efron, está trabajando en un documental para streaming, Youtube y Apple+.

Justo ayer, los actores se dejaron ver cerca del río Bravo junto a un numeroso equipo de producción, recorriendo la orilla del caudal en cuatrimotos y areneros para su próximo programa, ‘Reconexión México’, que busca mostrar las maravillas naturales de todo el país. También estuvieron en El Punto, en la avenida Heroico Colegio Militar. 

Y, antes de engalanar la frontera, las estrellas de 38 y 28 años respectivamente se pasearon por el paraíso de Guachochi: Kokoyome, un sitio caracterizado por la belleza de sus montañas y de su cascada. 

Además, por sus publicaciones en redes sociales, y de acuerdo con información de Humberto Parada, representante del fideicomiso Ah! Chihuahua, exploraron las entrañas de la Sierra Tarahumara: Creel , Barrancas del Cobre , Namorachi y terminaron de filmar en las Dunas

En su cuenta de Instagram, por ejemplo, Aarón Díaz publicó un video desde un balcón de un hotel que parece estar ubicado en las Barrancas del Cobre. Como descripción, escribió: “¿Quién quiere amanecer así?”. 

“Símbolo de la tierra y las montañas. Pulsera artesanal cosida por una mujer rarámuri”, redactó Dylan Efron debajo de la fotografía en la que muestra el brazalete y, ante el comentario de una fanática que le agradeció el promover la cultura mexicana, respondió: “Es tan hermoso aquí. Estoy asombrado por la Sierra Tarahumara y emocionado por compartir más”. 

Acompañados también por el youtuber Erwan Heussaff y el actor Alejandro Edda, los intérpretes han explorado y compartido su pasión por la aventura, la naturaleza y los deportes extremos no sólo en la ciudad y el estado, sino que han grabado además en la Huasteca Potosino en San Luis Potosí, en Cuatro Ciénegas y el pueblo mágico Múzquiz en Coahuila y en el Cerro del Cubilete en Guanajuato.

Aarón Díaz, quien es reconocido por actuar en telenovelas y programas de televisión como ‘Lola, érase una vez’, ‘Teresa’ y ‘Santa Diabla’, comparte actualizaciones de sus viajes casi a diario en redes sociales y a través de la página de YouTube oficial del programa.

(Con información de Susuky Cortés Leo/El Diario)

¡Sígueles la pista!

Instagram de Aarón Díaz: @aarondiaz

Instagram de Dylan Efron: @dylanefron

Instagram de Reconexión México:@reconexionmexico

En YouTube: Reconexión

Fotos: David Cruz

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¡Con caballo y sombrero! Llegó Aaron Díaz a Guachochi

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Desde temprana hora del día de ayer, el actor Aaeron Díaz en conjunto con varios acompañantes, arribó al municipio de Guachochi en donde se le vió montando a caballo y recorriendo las zonas turísticas del lugar. Díaz también dio a conocer que se hospedó en un complejo de cabañas en la zona.

El actor compartió videos apreciando los paisajes de las barrancas así como el amanecer desde las alturas.

De acuerdo con sus historias de Instagram, se encuentra en la zona para grabar contenido para un documental que publicará en los próximos meses.

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