Telemundo actors chat to YOU about villians, weddings and becoming Catholic

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16 February 2014

We chat to telenovela Labour of Love actors Ana Layevska (32) and Fabian Rios (28). The two were recently in the country to speak about the show which is on Telemundo on DStv channel 118.

We chat to telenovela Labour of Love actors Ana Layevska (32) and Fabian Rios (28). The two were recently in the country to speak about the show that's fast become a fan favourite on Telemundo on DStv channel 118.

Ana

You’ve starred on several Telemundo shows, any plans for feature films?

I’m in a new movie called Cantinflas. It’s about popular Mexican comedian Mario Moreno, who went by the name Cantinflas. He’s a beloved Mexican comic actor and has a star on the Hollywood Boulevard. I play Miroslava Sternova – a 1950s acting diva.

What did you enjoy most about playing Ignacia in Labour of Love?

She’s so different from me – we’re worlds apart. She’s one of the most insecure characters I’ve played. But she finds herself as the story progresses. I never take my characters too personally. I spend at least 12 to 14 hours dressed as someone else but leave the characters behind when I’m done.

You spent so many hours a day, six days a week on set, what do you do to unwind?

Mostly spend time with my fiancé, Rodrigo. We like watching movies and travelling together and I love reading novels. We’re getting married in April and it’s a big garden wedding in Mexico with 380 guests.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m reading two books at once. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and How to Survive Being Married to a Catholic by Rosemary Gallagher. The latter is because Rodrigo is Catholic and I’m preparing myself! (laughs)

What are the greatest lessons being in the industry has taught you?

There’s no prototype to life and the kind of life you should live and also that your priorities keep changing every time and you have to adapt.

Your idea of happiness is. . .

Being true to yourself. Life is far more generous to you if you’re not hurtful to others.

Fabian

Did you have any idea that Telemundo was popular outside of Spanish speaking countries? Yes, people told me that so many parts of the world were enjoying the shows that we’re on. What we do every day is made with love and after the long hours we put into it, it’s great to hear that it’s appreciated and so successful – it makes me very happy. How long will you be in South Africa? If it were up to me, forever! But we leave again in a couple days. I’m heading back to the America to promote the show and start on some new projects.

'Tomas is a villain - I had to find ways to show him off as person with feelings''

What were some of the challenges playing Tomas on Labour of Love?

He was a character 10 years older than me and of course that’s 10 years that I haven’t lived. So I had to get under his skin. The work we do is often so intense, I loved working with the cast, they became like my family and they make it easier. But I also found similarities between us, like Tomas is a very hard working guy and so am I. But the character is a villain - I had to find ways to show him off as person with feelings.

How do you handle the attention from fans?

I’m very grateful for the love that people show me. It’s great to travel everywhere and find people who appreciate the hard work and effort. I grew up in a big family, so I’ve learnt how to be open and welcoming to everyone I meet.

You’re married with a daughter, what do you do for family time?

Because we work so hard for so long when the shows wrap, I’m all theirs. Basically I become their slave and have to say yes to everything they ask me to do! (laughs)

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