“As a member of the LGBT community, we are still dealing with things that we dealt with in the ’90s.”
Ricky Martin recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and as usual he brought the charm. And the two covered a lot of ground during his visit.
Martin’s hometown of Puerto Rico came up. The last time he appeared on the show, the singer had helped raise a total of $2 million for relief efforts on the island. He was happy to report that since then that number has increased to almost $5 million. After spending the holidays in Puerto Rico, Martin tells Ellen that although people are happy and grateful to be alive, 53 percent of the island still remains without electricity. Because of this, some children are unable to attend school. It’s all a matter of working together and lending a helping hand, which is what one of Martin’s sons wanted to do, offering to break his piggy bank and give his allowance to kids in Puerto Rico.
In other news, Martin also tells Ellen about his recent role in “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which recounts the murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was gunned down outside his mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
This TV series stars Edgar Ramirez as Versace, Martin as Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico, Penélope Cruz as Versace’s sister, designer Donatella Versace, and Darren Criss as Cunanan. As part of the LGBTQ community, Martin is extremely honored to play this role. Martin describes the series as “full of light, full of love, full of fashion, [and] full of beautiful colors.” After having the opportunity to speak to D’Amico himself, Martin made it his goal to do justice to the love D’Amico had for Versace, and the depression he faced after discovering his body. The series also gives Martin a chance to shed light on the continuing violence against the LGBTQI+ community, and the disparity of empathy and action afforded to victims from the community.
Even though we are used to seeing Martin on stage, we will now get to see him as an actor in a TV series, which is huge for him. In fact, this appearance on “Ellen” is his very first interview in America as an actor, and this year will also be the very first time he will be attending the Golden Globes. Keep an eye out for the series, which premieres on Wednesday, January 17.
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