EXCLUSIVE: Julie Gonzalo Talks 'Dallas' Season 3, Growing up in Argentina & More!

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Very cool. We can’t wait! So you’ve worked with a lot of awesome people, but are there any Latino stars in particular that you’d love to work with down the road?

Oh, yeah! There’s so many. Whether in front of the camera or behind the camera, there’s a ton of people I’d love to work [with]. I admire a lot of Spanish filmmakers and actors. I grew up watching a lot of Spanish films and novelas, and there’s just so much talent out there. I mean, it would be a dream to do a film with Pedro Almodovar and that whole crew of Spaniards. There’s this Argentinian actor who’s one of my favorite actors in the whole wide world. His name is Ricardo Darin and he’s a brilliant actor. He does a lot of Argentinian films, and I know he does a lot of European films, as a Spanish actor.

It would be a dream to work with these people. I mean the list goes on. There’s so many – so much talent -- I should say, that I’d like to explore. And I kind of need to break that barrier from American actor to Hispanic actor. I hope to get my name out there more in the Spanish-language business side of the world.

And speaking of Argentina, you were born in Buenos Aires. What was it like growing up there?

It was normal. I lived there for nine years of my life – I was born and raised – and it was home. It’s what I knew. Looking back, all I knew about my childhood is that I lived in one house with my parents, my brother, my grandmother and my great grandmother. And my mother and my grandmothers raised me. I have such fond memories of my country. I remember everything – I mean the food, trips, the vacations we would take and the road trips we would go on. I remember absolutely everything, and I used to go back every year [to Argentina]. I’m actually going in April.

Oh, yay! That's wonderful.

Yeah, no, I miss a lot of the things, and I have a lot of family down there. And it’s about time for me to make a trip to the mother ship. I look forward to going down there.

Awesome! That’s great. Let’s talk traditional, and well, Latin food in general. What’s your favorite dish?

I think it must be empanadas, but they have to be my mom’s. Those are the best! Argentine food is…it’s so simple. And that’s what I think I love about it. It’s either your meat or your vegetables – there’s so many things, you know like milanesa – just love those – and the empanadas or chimicurri, which is the typical Argentinian sauce for your meat. There’s plenty of things. Or even the sweets, like facturas. I could eat about 30 of those, which goes straight to my ass, but I still eat ‘em. Dulce de leche, alfajores, you know, that’s the shit right there.  I can’t find them anywhere here [Texas], but I can find them in Miami where my mom lives. So every time she comes to visit, she has to bring me a box of alfajores. Yeah, so I still eat very much like how I grew up.

Cool. So do you have any other projects in the works? Or are you just focused on Dallas at the moment?

Just been working on the show – there’s really no time to do anything else, especially since I’m living in Dallas while working on the show. And we have two more months left. I did do a film over the summer – last summer – and I believe it should come out in a few months, but really there’s no time to do anything else. Right now we’re kind of focusing on promoting it and travelling back and forth to do some shoots and interviews. I’m really happy to be focusing on this.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

I’m really happy that we’re doing this because we definitely need to get the Hispanic market watching the show. The more eyes this show has, the better for us. I think that we have so many Hispanic talents on the show. We’ve added Juan Pablo Di Pace this year, and we have Kuno Becker who’s Mexican; Jordana Brewster, who’s Brazilian; Marlene Forte and Cynthia Cidre who are both Cuban. We have so many [Hispanic] people in here. There’s so much that’s going to be attracting to a lot of people out there, and I hope that the word gets out as far as it can go.

The season 3 of Dallas premieres on TNT tonight, February 24 at 9/8c!

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