EXCLUSIVE: Yul Vazquez Talks Movie 'Runner, Runner' And Cuban Heritage

 

Sounds awesome! So tell us about your character Delegate Herrera. What drew you to this script? 

What drew me to a party like this one is that you could call it the traditional antagonist-villain. Villains are always fun to play. The trick is to make them humorous or charming in some way. I try to find the humor, and make them into a three-dimensional human being. 

How does your Latino heritage influence your work?

I mean, it’s in my DNA. It influences my everyday life continuously, in some more obvious ways than others. I think it’s just in the way I carry myself. The beauty is that I’ve done films in Spanish, and I’ve done films in English. I love acting in both. It just opens you up.

I think when you're born in another country, but speaking in another language, it does something. My first language was Spanish. I didn’t learn English until I went to school. It does something to your brain. It just opens you up to the universe in a different way. Even when I’m playing American characters, there’s still that indescribable sort of essence to me. 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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