Fran Perea: “I heard ‘One plus one is seven’ and I almost got hives” | People

Fran Perea (Málaga, 42 years old) arrived last Wednesday at a cafeteria in the center of Madrid carrying a motorcycle helmet and smiling. Your presence captures the attention of customers. With curiosity, he plays a guitar that is in the place for a few seconds and jokes during the photo session: “This is how I look like a child in the first communion,” he says when he clasps his hands in front of him trying to figure out what the best pose is. In short, a simple and cheerful attitude that has been seen in the second season of The neighbor, Netflix series in which he plays himself. Of course, as a caricature, as he insists at the beginning of the conversation.

In each scene he shows his ability to laugh at himself, giving life to a character anchored in the success of The Serrano, series that in reality catapulted him to fame. Everything is a parody: the melody of that iconic production is not even tuned on the mobile – “I think the only song I’ve had as a tone has been Hotel California. One of mine wouldn’t even occur to me ”- nor is it as conceited as shown in the plot starring Quim Gutiérrez. Although he acknowledges that in his profession it is usual to be somewhat vain: “Sometimes actors and actresses sin of having a slightly high ego because many times in the filming they have us between cotton wool”. Perea knows what he is talking about because he enjoyed that favorable treatment during that time that he put himself in the shoes of Marcos Serrano, acting as the son of Antonio Resines and stepson of Belén Rueda in fiction.

That Telecinco success lasted five years, from 2003 to 2008, but Perea decided to abandon the project at three. The incongruity of the character —because the actor grew up while Marcos remained in adolescence—, feeling in the midst of many people who made decisions for him, and the difficulty of managing fame as a twenty-something were the triggers for leaving. “I listened One plus one equals seven and I almost got hives because I was saturated ”, he mentions from that moment when he also wanted to embark on new film projects and take up the theater again. Then movies like The managers (2006) and The 13 roses (2007) and an intense career on stage. Despite that, he assures that he has never denied his origins on television: “I was able to participate in a series that generationally marked a country and, oysters, it is fortunate. Not everyone does that ”. In fact, thanks to The Serrano they know him in other European countries and he is currently the protagonist of Kosta (The Paradise), a co-production between Spain and Finland.

Fran Perea, inside the Abonavida cafeteria, in the center of Madrid. Luis Sevillano

Over the years, in addition to being a musician and actor, he has developed an entrepreneurial side. “It is very dangerous to have the feeling that your work always depends on one person. So if I can create a fabric on which to generate my own work, all the better ”, he explains. The Feelgood theater company, the Sinfonía en Nobemol record label, the Luchana Theaters and the cultural experiences of Ymás make up that entrepreneurial side that makes him a champion of culture. However, it has not been easy to continue with these businesses during the pandemic: “I have been fortunate that all my companies remain after this suit, some better than others, but there they all go. In the times of confinement in Luchana we were on the verge of closing. It is also true that there has been government aid that has allowed us to remain open ”.

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Now he is immersed in the tour of Songs to save me, his latest musical work in which he pays tribute to composers who have marked both him and Spanish culture: Sabina, Rozalén, Marwán, Jorge Drexler, Serrat, Rosana, Bebe and so on a host of authors “and those who will come ”, As he says at the end of his song. He knows many of them and has even worked with them, as was the case with Pau Donés, who wrote Nothing for Perea’s first album. Speaking in the present tense, he remembers his friend and colleague, who died a year ago from colon cancer that he had suffered since 2015: “Pau is one of those uncle that you are lucky enough to meet, he is one of those generous people, one of those people who they teach you things ”. One of those teachings from the leader of Jarabe de Palo that Perea assiduously recalls is that the little moments are the ones that are worthwhile.

But the song that the artist regards as his savior is Tiesby Pedro Guerra. A theme that takes him back to his early years in Madrid, the city he moved to to try his luck after studying Dramatic Art in Malaga. This is how he got his first roles in Afterclass Y The commissioner. What few know is that Perea made his debut as an actor with just a few months of life, although he downplays it by saying that it is simply an anecdote. His father showed up to be an extra in the movie Cuba, starring Sean Connery. “Someone said, ‘We need a baby.’ And my father answered: ‘Well, I have one, “the interpreter laughs, adding in reference to the scene in which he appears:” It was funny because they baptized me, so it’s like a movie baptism. “

His parents, Amparo and José Joaquín, have nothing to do with Perea’s profession, but they instilled in him a taste for music and theater from a very young age. Unaware of the popularity of their son, they have been hurt several times by it. For example, when the actor decided to join the Zapatero Support Platform in 2008 with other artists. “There were municipalities that did not want to hire me. My parents were affected at work as well. They made a strong smear campaign that continues to this day, “says the actor, who states that it was” very expensive “to support a politician:” I thought this country was more tolerant in that sense. I was wrong and it is the kind of thing that I will not do again ”.

Lesson learned, his political views are only shared with those close to him. His social networks are focused on promoting the different projects in which he is involved and, above all, on defending the cultural sector. “I give very little my opinion in networks. I decided it was not my war, “he concludes.