Celia Freijeiro
Celia Freijeiro

Girl Seeks Girl’s (Chica Busca Chica) Celia Freijerio talks about playing a lesbian lotharia, following her passion and making her own opportunities.

We spoke with actress Celia Freijeiro, who plays lesbian lothario Nines in the film Girl Seeks Girl (Chica Busca Chica), and finds she is no stranger to getting the girl. This sexy multi-tasker takes playing lesbian seriously, sisterly—and sassy! The Spanish TV star, who also works in film and theatre, is currently trying her hand at singing.

How did you get involved with the production of Chica Busca Chica? What about the part of Nines appealed to you?

A very good friend of mine, the actress Sandra Collantes, told me about the project and the possibility of working together, she was also very excited about the plot. I went to the interview with [director] Sonia Sebastian and after a minute I knew I wanted to work with her. The show was her baby and…I loved it. I was kind of afraid of my character because she was so impulsive, such a player, so lesbian, so sassy… but actually I had a great time being her!

You said that Chica Busca Chica is, in Spain, a family comedy. Really? Was it shown on Spanish television or at the cinema?

The girls created a comedy, a show for every member of the family. Are the families ready? That I don’t know. Unfortunately, Spanish TV was not able to find a place to release Girl Seeks Girl, but the Internet channels were more open and courageous. I am still getting emails and letters from over the world from people who love the show.

I would like to express my gratitude to all the people in the States who watched the movie and support this kind of project. Chica Busca Chica took a lot of work and effort to come to fruition and now we are working on the second season. Is there any producer interested?

I am not sure readers know Spain has had legal same-sex marriage since 2005. How do you think Spain, and Spanish culture in general, is more or less open politically, socially, sexually than perhaps other cultures?

Well, we still have some work to do. Society needs to keep on moving, but the human race is just…slow…our business is the reflection of our society so this kind of show needs to be seen.

What are you currently working on in terms of theatre?

I am involved with the “Teatro de Camara Cervantes.” It is a new theatre company I am part of. Since I am working right now on a TV show, I do not have the time to be on the stage, but I am collaborating with the company. Being close in any way to the stage makes me happy.

What are you currently working on in the musical arena?

Oh! Glad you ask me that. I love to sing, but I haven’t had the chance to prove that I am able to do it. I would love to do a musical.

Can you share what the show [Pelotas] is about and how your character figures into the plot?

Pelotas is a dramedy that takes place in Barcelona. It is a neighbourhood story and the epicentre of this neighbourhood is the football team. Nieves, my character, is the daughter of the president [of the sports team] and when she was a teenager, she was very rebellious, left home and went to Liverpool to figure out her life. When her mother died, she came back home.

She is a free spirit, and besides now being in love with a football team member, a very cute Korean guy, we discover she was in a relationship with a gorgeous girl back in Liverpool!

How did you get your start in the entertainment business?

I gave myself the opportunity! I was in Madrid for three years studying interpretation, but I wanted so bad to be on a stage… I thought I was ready, so a friend and I chose the play “The Color of August” by Paloma Pedrero and we put up our own money to make it happen. After a year or so of fighting and working very hard, we moved the show to a theatre in Madrid. I also got nominated for the most important awards in the industry: the Myths and the Valle-Inclan awards.

What do you like best about being in the entertainment business? What do you like the least?

What I like best is being on the stage. And what I do not like at all is finding people in the business who forgot the passion and the love…they only care about…money, which makes me deeply sad.