“Everybody Loves Somebody” has something for everybody. Star Karla Souza says the “awesome romantic comedy” is part-Spanish, part-English, and all indebted to old Jewish men.
Or so director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta told her.
“This is an awesome romantic comedy — the director is a fan of Woody Allen,” the actress told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “She said the other day in an interview, I learned how to do movies and how to love people through these older Jewish men and their movies, and now these older Jewish men can see my movie and learn a little bit about love too.”
The actress, who also stars on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” says her new film starring Ben O’Toole, Jose Maria Yazpik and K.C. Clyde is “bringing people closer.”
“This movie does bring together my career and my Spanish-speaking fans with my American [fans] — it’s bilingual, it’s 50/50,” Souza said. “I grew up speaking Spanish to my mom, English to my siblings. And I would listen to movies in English but the radio in Spanish. Millions of people come in and out… even the border, they have a border life, so this movie shines a light on that.”
She added that this movie will help people understand Mexican traditions and values, and explained that people thanked the cast and crew for “bringing people closer” when the film premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
“I have dual citizenship so I will not be kicked out, but I am here to make sure my other friends don’t get kicked out of the country,” she said. “People are afraid of what they don’t know and this movie shines and opens up the little window into the immigrant Mexican family that is doing their part in society.”
“Everybody Loves Somebody” follows a successful and single career woman who asks a co-worker to pretend he’s her boyfriend at a family wedding. But things get complicated when her ex shows up.
The film opened in theaters last week and has earned around $1.15 million at the domestic box office so far. Reviews have been good — the film holds a score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
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