EXCLUSIVE: Mia Maestro Talks FX's 'The Strain' & Friendship With Salma Hayek!

EXCLUSIVE: Mia Maestro
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Mia Maestro is not only stunning, but supremely talented! The 36-year-old Argentine actress, singer-songwriter is gearing up to star in FX's new series, The Strain.

Based on The New York Times best-selling vampire novel trilogy, The Strain is a thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (played by Corey Stoll), the head of the CDC Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

In addition to her lead role on The Strain, Maestro is preparing to release her first full-length bilingual album, Si Agua.

We recently chatted with the gorgeous starlet about her upcoming new show, her good friend Salma Hayek, and more. Check it all out in our exclusive interview below:

You’re starring in FX’s new series The Strain, had you read the books before signing on to do the show?

Yes I had. I really loved the books. I just thought they had this great combination of horror and vampire genre, almost like a religious and mythical world that Chuck [Hogan] and Guillermo [del Toro] created. I thought it was quite an unusual combination because that normally doesn’t happen that often in that genre. I thought they were really unique and very beautiful, and I really like the character Nora. My reading and audition process was almost like a month because we had chemistry weeks with Kevin [Durand] and with Corey [Stoll]. In between of every read, I would read one of the novels. It was a great process.

That’s awesome. Do you feel that it’s translating well to the screen?

It is definitely and it’s also quite different from the books. I think Carlton Cuse and our staff of writers have done a beautiful job just being respectful to the books, but also adapting things for television. The fans of the books are really going to feel like the literature is really well represented and at the same time they are going to have a lot of surprises.

So tell us a little bit about your character.

My character is Nora Martinez. She is a biochemist [who] works for the CDC. She is quite close to Ephraim. They are the first ones to encounter this virus, and throughout a few episodes, they have to figure out what is actually happening. Then little by little they realize that the world they know has already changed. It’s been their responsibility in a way, but there was no way to know that this is what is going on. They have never encountered something in the realm of the fantastic before.

Do you feel that you share any characteristics with Nora?

That’s always a tough question. I think of course that’s why you’re chosen to do a part. I think it’s kind of hard to, I don’t know, differentiate myself from Nora. A character I’ve played for so many months throughout a whole season of a TV show, you embody her and she embodies you in a way. Yeah of course there’s a lot of things you don’t have in common, of course.  You know, she is a scientist that’s definitely something we don’t have in common. But yeah, the writers and Guillermo also rewrote Nora a bit so it would fit me and my background and where I come from. Nora is from Argentina like I am. There are a lot of points in common but I think that is what Guillermo and Chuck wanted.

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