“Being Black Is A Different Thing”
Fresh off the set of “Live By Night” Miguel stopped by the Telemundo studios to talk about his role in the movie directed by Ben Affleck. In the film he plays Estéban Suárez, a rum trader from Cuba who owns a rum business with his sister Graciela. His sister is played by none other than Zoe Saldana who could probably pass as his sister in real life. Although the host interviewed Miguel in Spanish, Miguel tried his best to keep up. Hearing his family speak Spanish at home helps him understand the language, he said, and he’s working toward improving so he can Speak it better.
And while he’s working on perfecting his Spanish in real life, he actually had to work on thickening his accent in English for the movie to fit the profile of the Cuban character. For inspiration, Miguel revealed that he studied Desi Arnaz’s accent. (Those old enough remember him as Ricky Ricardo from “I Love Lucy.”)
Movie aside, Miguel talked about growing up bi-racial and gushed about having the best food growing up thanks to his Nana (abuelita). And he made it clear she makes way more than just tacos. But not everything was easy for him. As he says he experienced first hand, “being black is a different thing” in the United States.
The conversation got a little lighter as they continued walking through the hallways. The host asked Miguel if he grew up watching telenovelas to which he responded very excited by singing the theme song to “Luz Clarita.” Wildly random, but we take that as a yes.