Camila Perez is ready to shake up the industry — with her latest project Acapulco being one of the first bilingual TV series, Perez is a star to watch. Having several TV genres under her belt, the talented actor is emerging as a true master of her craft. Perez now joins Schön! for an exclusive conversation about her career, her travelling plans and the importance of mental health awareness.
Your latest show Acapulco, has the message of following one’s dream. Was acting always a dream of yours? When did you decide to pursue this career?
No! Never in a million years did I dream of becoming an actress. It all started when I moved to NYC as an adolescent. I went on a school trip to the theatre and my life changed forever after that.
We heard that you enjoy travelling and visiting destinations with beaches. Any new countries you wish to visit this year? Why?
I do! I love the beach! I’d love to visit Italy. I’ve always dreamt of living there ever since I was a child. The country fascinates me, starting from the culinary scene to the culture and I would love nothing more than to visit and spend a few weeks traveling with my friends through the Amalfi Coast.
You were born in Colombia. What’s your favourite part about Colombian culture?
I love our traditions, food and people. Once you’re in Colombia, you’ll feel right at home no matter where you come from.
You often use social media as a tool for mental health awareness. Why do you believe it’s important to combat mental health stigma and normalise such struggles?
Thank you for asking. Mental health is extremely important to me. I hope to share my journey one day. Therapy has helped me in so many ways. I found strength and confidence in my vulnerability and I just want people to know that it’s okay to ask for help. I strive to help break the stigma around mental health and spread as much hope and positivity to those who can relate. Sometimes the little things like a post could change or even save someone’s life. I can’t stress enough how important it is to take care of our beautiful minds.
Apple TV’s Acapulco is your first comedy series. How did you prepare for this role? Did you have a different acting approach than your previous roles?
As this is my first comedy series, I was terrified preparing for this role! I’ve always worked in drama. It was definitely a challenge that not only made me grow as an actor but also as a human. It’s fun to challenge yourself and do things outside of your comfort zone. My approach to my character, Julia, was very different, but I was very lucky to have talented mentors around me who helped me navigate through the comedic beats and styles very gracefully. I got very lucky.
Acapulco is one of few bilingual shows. How does it feel to be a part of such a ground-breaking project?
Getting to be a part of a show that not only represents the diverse Latin community in a positive light but also reflects a part of my identity was something I could have never imagined being a part of because it did not exist for me growing up. Being bilingual encapsulates the experience of so many immigrants, and it’s empowering to see that on the screen. Apart from being a dream come true to play Julia, I know this show brings value to so many different communities.
You play the character of Julia within the series. What’s your favourite part about your character?
I love how driven and confident she is. She’s not intimidated by anything or anyone and walks gracefully through every circumstance.
You and your cast member Fernando Carsa have great chemistry and humour. Any notable memories from being on set together that you would like to share with us?
Fernando is hilarious. I wish we had more scenes together! We have so many fun memories. One of my favourite memories with Fernando has been watching him teach us classic moves from Brittney Spears on set. He’s obsessed with her and is the cutest thing in the world.
The series is set in the iconic 80s era. What’s your favourite aspect about that time period?
Definitely the music and the wardrobe. Although I wasn’t born in the 80s, I’m taking advantage of the time period of the show and living vicariously through Julia and her designs.
The series has already gained many fans. Do you have a message for these fans?
The fans of Alcapulco are the sweetest! I read their Direct Messages and comments on Instagram all the time. I must say, they’re very polite and very kind.
You once mentioned your love for music. What have you been listening to lately?
I love music. I listen to a little bit of everything. I’ve been listening to a lot of Adele lately. Her new album rocked my world. Another personal favorite is Snoh Aalegra. Can’t go a day without listening to her!
Season two of Acapulco has been confirmed. Season one is currently streaming on Apple TV+.