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Isabella Merced in Madame Web

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Peruvian-American actress Isabela Merced tells us about how she relates to her character, the live-action superhero Anya Corazón, in the new movie “Madame Web.” From loving math to the pressure of “immigrant mentality” and her reco for the best ceviche spot - check out the full interview and get tickets to see the film on February 14, 2024.
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Brother, I can see the future and we have a great
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interview with Isabella Merced and kind of,
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I smell something too,
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some ceviche so be it.
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I don't smell nothing but Isabella.
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Thank you so much for joining us.
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Hi, Isabella. Hi.
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I'm good. How are you?
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Good. It's a big deal to see a Latina represented in
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a superhero film. What part of your Latina identity helps you
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relate to Anya Corazon.
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I feel like I truly,
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truly related to her on,
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on many surface level aspects off the page,
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right, right off the page.
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I noticed that we were very similar.
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We both love math because we love puzzles.
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We love things making sense and we love a sense of control
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in a world that makes no sense.
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And she's also very independent.
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She has a lot of pressure on her at a young age
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being in this industry so young.
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I also felt that pressure.
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m mind you,
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I put myself in that position to feel that pressure,
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but some people can't help but want to excel and that's how
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I view anya she is that way.
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But also I have to consider why she is that way
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It's her immigrant mentality.
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She wants, she,
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she obviously wants to be ok,
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but she needs to be the best at everything in order to
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be ok and safe in America and stay there.
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I understand her. And what do you see in the other
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characters that you believe empower women of all backgrounds?
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I I thank you for asking this.
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I think starting with I'm looking at Cindy Sweeney's face right now
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on the poster. I think Cindy Sweeney who plays Julia Cornwall
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which is her family given name.
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She starts off extremely timid and maybe a little bit uncomfortable in
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her own body. I think a lot of girls experience that
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when we're transitioning like from a girl to a woman.
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There's a lot of like confusion and there's a lot of
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discomfort and I think she's,
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she represents that and she also represents finding yourself and coming to
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your own. And then you look at Celeste o'connor playing Maddie
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Franklin and you just see somebody who takes all of their resentment
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towards their family for abandoning them.
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And then you see her find it with this,
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with this group of women.
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We all find it with this group of each other.
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But it's very interesting to see her redirect that into a
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positive in a positive way and you see her become more disciplined
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and, and channel that anger into fighting the bad in the
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world and saving the love for her family.
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And I think that's really sweet.
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OK, I got a tough one for you.
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What things for the movie about superpower and friendship do you think
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are super important for today's generation?
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Who we are living in a society?
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We're living in a society where independence is valued far more than
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community. It's being marketed that way is being sold to
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us. That being solo and saying you got here
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solo and accomplish everything you had solo is a trend and people
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think it's a flex.
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I don't think it's a flex because I know whoever says that
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is going to bed alone and lonely at night because a real
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human being that is a human being truly needs a community.
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We all need a community.
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I think the main lesson in this is not only community and
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chosen family, but it's also showing the importance of women having
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a space where we can be women with other women.
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I know there's a lot of women's there.
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But you know what I mean?
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Like it's so important for us to have those influences in our
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life because let's face it.
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Women are very intuitive.
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We're very emotional. We're very like,
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we just know we just know things about each other that I
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don't think we could ever explain to men.
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And that's OK. They have their strengths too.
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And we just have to ask how does Peruvian ceviche compared
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to Mexican ceviche Oh.
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And where can we get some,
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like Bum Seviche? I feel like they're totally different.
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I feel like Peruvian and Mexican ceviche are so different and I
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I, I'm ok with that because like,
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maybe one day I'm craving Mexican ceviche.
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Maybe one day I'm craving Peruvian.
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Usually, most days I'm craving Peruvian.
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I'm a little bit biased.
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However, the best ceviche mommy.
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No, you mia,
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sorry. My mom.
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Oh, ceviche. Stop.
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Exactly. Ceviche. stop is where it's at in L A
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But you know,
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I'm gonna be so honest with you.
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That's very rare that I go out and eat ceviche.
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It's usually at my uncle Carlos house.
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He, he makes amazing.
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Ceviche tastes just like it does when it's in Peru.
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Amazing. Thank you so much Isabella.
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Thank you. Take care.
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Catch Madam Webb only in theaters on February 14th.
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Yeah.