Gael Garcia Bernal plays a conductor, and now he’s the real deal

Production of the third season of Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” begins this summer, and lead actor Gael Garcia Bernal resumes his role as conductor superstar Rodrigo de Souza who can boast of two things: He’s a winner. of a Golden Globe and actually conducted the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

Venezuelan prodigy conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is the musical director of the LA Philharmonic and who inspired Bernal’s character, Rodrigo, not only made a cameo appearance in the first episode of the season, but also arranged the shooting. of a stage with the LA Philharmonic. at the Hollywood Bowl. Bernal, in the role of Rodrigo, conducted the opening of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”.

“It was nerve-racking,” said Bernal during a visit with The Envelope. “I held on to whatever I could. I don’t even remember what I did, but I remember for about 30 minutes like, “What am I doing? What is that? What is that? Why? Why? Why? No!'”

Bernal, who praised Dudamel for all of his support for the series, compared the experience to an actor who is selected for a role of Michael Jordan and then invited to star in a professional basketball game.

Do you find that doing this show made you think about music differently?

Yeah, kinda surprisingly, now every time I listen to classical music, modern classical music, or any era, I know where the instruments are, I know where it’s coming from, somehow. Of course I do it with my – with all the settings that I have that are very unbelievably super basic, you know, I mean, people have been studying this forever. What’s interesting about music is that it’s not like a common language as such. Everyone makes a story behind the music; everyone has something to invent behind what they listen to. This is the power of music. An insanely good three minute pop song means something different to each of us.

Everyone makes a story behind the music; everyone has something to invent behind what they listen to. This is the power of music.

Gaël Garcia Bernal

You are now a Golden Globe winner. It was such a lovely time, the look on your face.

I was really very surprised. I didn’t expect the nomination, and I didn’t expect to win. And then all of a sudden, when you hear your name mentioned, and you say, “What? OKAY. Wow. That’s good. ”And what’s really fantastic, and maybe a little metaphysical, is that life goes on the same way. The next day I was supposed to make pancakes for my kids but, at the same time, there’s a life that grows a little bit, that has to do with the character and with the series. All of a sudden, a fictional life has bigger wings and Rodrigo is a little more – I don’t know – lives a little longer, you know?

How can he live more than he already does? He does what he wants.

Yeah. I think that’s why I like the character.

He’s a very chaotic sort of personality, and there’s been a lot going on around him this season. There were strike talks, and his kind of mentor wanted him to replace him in Mexico, the hearing problem.

The whole question of strikes is something that happens a lot in different orchestras around the world. Specifically, right now there’s a big problem with English National Opera, for example, and it’s quite curious that the choir is the part that decided not to go to work.

To the right.

Music, in a way, can be taken out of this real world to become something that will live on forever – it just needs a listener and a player, you know, and that’s all you need to do. you need. He doesn’t need a contract. It doesn’t need any infrastructure. It is therefore the dichotomy of the characters. They love what they do but, at the same time, they cannot provide for themselves and they want to be respected, and for it to be treated as a decent job.

What was your reaction when you heard that you were going to be directing the Hollywood Bowl, alongside Gustavo?

It was in fact Gustavo who proposed it. I mean, the pressure was on, sure, but at the same time …

How could you pass it up?

I say, “OK, well, if you say so, but honestly I think you are – I mean you’re very bright, but I think you really are making the worst mistake of your life. “

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