Úrsula Corberó transforms into a fearsome villain in Snake Eyes: The Origin. Reboot and new installment of the G.I. Joe, who hits theaters on Friday, August 13, looking to become one of the blockbusters of the summer. The actress in La casa de papel is the Baroness, a high-level member of Cobra, a dangerous terrorist organization. She is a very influential villain, “disheveled” and of great strength. “It is inspiring to see powerful women in fiction”, highlights the interpreter.
Snake Eyes: The Origin delves into the past of one of the protagonists of the G.I. Joe, an enigmatic lonely ninja who goes by the pseudonym Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins movie (Henry Golding). The mysterious individual is welcomed and trained by an ancient Japanese ninja clan named Arashikage, but discovers that his loyalty is put to the test when secrets from his past are revealed, setting him up to become the famous G.I. Joe.
Corberó takes on the shoes of one of the franchise’s most iconic characters, the Baroness, who was already played by Sienna Miller in the popular 2009 film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring in Channing Tatum. “It has been quite a challenge, it has made me leave my comfort zone,” explains the actress in an interview with Europa Press.
«She is a disheveled woman, she is bad, but that does not prevent her from having a sense of humor. It has been good for me to have a less long-suffering role, since I have come from being Tokyo in ‘The paper house’, which, although I love her very much, is very intense, she is very tormented and lacks security. The Baroness is the opposite and that fascinated me, ”she continues.
YOUR FIRST PROJECT IN HOLLYWOOD
Turned into one of the Spanish actresses of the moment, Corberó has embarked on her first project in Hollywood. «I have always felt vertigo before starting every project I have done, she has happened to me with everyone, including this one. […] It has been quite a challenge, it is my first film produced in the United States, my first villain and the first time that I work so far from home to do a project with outsiders, “he details, highlighting that the experience has been like “Take a master’s degree.”
The actress considers that the portrayal of the female characters in Snake Eyes: The Origin is a new example that in the Mecca of Cinema they continue to bet on “strong, complex and powerful” female characters. “For me, it is an honor that I am given the opportunity to play women with great power and strength,” he says, also stressing that space must be given “to those female roles that show that, in fiction, women have the right to make a mistake”.
“It is necessary to allow female characters to make mistakes without preventing them from continuing to love them and being able to empathize with them,” she adds. “Hopefully all these roles of powerful women serve as inspiration for other women. I think we all have that power, ”she continues.
Although it is a Hollywood production with great commercial aspirations, Snake Eyes: Origin is a commitment to diversity and the representation of minorities. “Despite being a full-blown Hollywood blockbuster, a popcorn bet, none of the leading actors was of American nationality, we all came from different parts of the world. I think it’s an example of change, ”she says.
«It has been wonderful to live this adventure and this experience with professionals of various ethnicities and nationalities. She also shows that there are meanings, such as love and friendship, that lack cultural and language barriers, ”she argues. On whether she will continue working in American productions, the interpreter is cautious. “She will be seen”, she comments.
«I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAPAN»
The production was shot mainly between Canada and Japan, with the Far Eastern country being the main setting for the film’s plot. «I was filming there for two months. It was incredible, because I also recorded in Japan for my first big project for the United States. I did not know who was going to find me, they had told me that it was very different from Spain in every way, “she explains.
“It gave me a bit of vertigo to get there. At first, I was alone, as my colleagues had already started recording a few days before. But I managed to find my site. I fell in love with the country. In addition, we had Japanese people in the team who showed us incredible and very authentic places, away from the touristy. I can’t wait to go back, ”she continues.
Directed by Robert Schwentke and written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse, Snake Eyes: The Origin stars Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Iko Uwais, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira, and Peter Mensah. Produced by Brian Goldner, Erik Howsam and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, its theatrical release is scheduled for August 13.