María Pedraza, allergic to routine: “My life is a constant improvisation” « María Pedraza Daily –


Her parents already told her: “María, when will you stop?” Her life can seem like a highway that she travels with her batteries well charged, almost allergic to routines, open to changes, surprises and curves, if they come. At 26, putting herself in ‘off mode’ to watch life go by is not for her: “I can’t rest without knowing that I’ve done everything I wanted to do that day and that I’ve made the most of it, because every day is an opportunity to grow, to change and to fulfill your dreams”, explains the actress.

A professional classical dancer turned actress – she has commented that there was a time when she counted the calories in each dish – her two souls coincided in Las Niñas de Cristal (2022), the film that she assures closed a stage of her life, saying goodbye to the dance through the front door.

She debuted with Amar (2017) and then phenomena such as La Casa de Papel and Elite would come, which catapulted her to fame. And it was already non-stop: ¿A quién te llevarías a una isla desierta? (2019), El Verano que Vivimos (2020), Ego (2021)… or Toy Boy, where she coincided with Álex González, her partner for a year, dedicating affectionate comments on the network in the face of breakup rumors.

The first teaser for Awareness was already seen at the Sitges festival, together with Pedro Alonso and Óscar Jaenada, their next premiere: “It is a science fiction film with a lot of rhythm, an emotional story and a complex script. I have loved discovering myself in action”, she says. Had we already written that it doesn’t stop? She is already in a new shoot Galgos, by Félix Viscarret, “with a super cast and a very funny story”.

Does having almost 12 million followers on Instagram make you dizzy or does it help you position yourself?
Social networks have never given me vertigo, because I have practically grown up with them. I have enjoyed watching my Instagram account grow because it meant that I was able to reach more and more people. That I can inspire them and that they can enjoy my work is gratifying.

Your Instagram is ideal but have you ever thought about turning off the camera?
I disconnect and connect with ease, because I have learned to know myself and to work a lot internally. I know what takes me away and what boosts my energy.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I am surprised every day by myself, because I am never the same person. Every day that passes I grow and I allow myself to have the failures that I didn’t think I had. I allow myself to be surprised. Let go of expectations and know that what you think is not necessarily going to be what happens. That’s why my life is a constant improvisation. Likewise, I like to be with the people I love and who surround me.

She was a dancer. What positive values have remained from such a demanding profession?
She has left me some very good things, such as discipline, perseverance, being strong, capable of facing any situation. As I would say: “I am bulletproof”. She has also given me the ability to feel things in a more physical and deeper way; Being a highly sensitive person and capturing people’s emotions just by looking at them. I am very grateful to dance for having appeared in my life.

Are you sometimes self-demanding?
I don’t think I sin, but I am self-demanding in everything I do. Although, at the same time, I hug myself when things don’t turn out the way I expected them to.

What do you like the most and the least about being an actress?
What is most important is discovering myself in other characters, allowing myself to be invaded by their energy, letting them warm me up and incorporating what I have learned when I say goodbye to them. What I least suppose is excessive exposure, although I am true to myself and I do not stop doing things that feel good to me or that I feel like doing. The balance is positive, that’s why I’m still here with all my passion.

The best advice you’ve ever been given?
In the profession, I am the one who does not stop observing and trying to be like a sponge to learn from everything that happens to me and from all the people who pass through my life. But I always carry with me a piece of advice my parents gave me: “Keep your feet on the ground, but always pointing to the sky”.

What makes your life happy in a second?
Do what I want, be with my family, with my friends, shout, dance, laugh, live life intensely… It’s the only way I know how to live.

Change your image often. Are you doing it for fun or because you are still looking for the ultimate inspiration?
I never look for a definitive look because I always go forward. If I stay in something, it’s because it steals my heart, and there are many things that are in my life that way. But I love to be inspired, create and let others create in me… I know that all human beings are artists.

What would I never do?
Being in a place where I was disrespected and wasted my time.

Three tips that you have learned from hairdressers and makeup artists and that you now practice to the letter.
Take care of yourself, and not just for others. When you take care of yourself inside, the outside looks better.

Do you value the commitment to sustainability of Adolfo Domínguez fragrances?
I highly value sustainability. We have the theory in our hands, but we need to settle the knowledge and put it into practice in order to continue making big changes in the world.

What is your hidden ambition?
Feel and almost read what others think and feel.

Have you fulfilled your dreams?
I have fulfilled all that I have wanted to fulfill to this day; Tomorrow I want to fulfill others.

Does he see herself filming outside of Spain?
I’d love to.

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