–SO-M recently had the chance to chat with Sandra Echeverria from the upcoming movie Free Style. The movie opens on Friday, October 9th. For a list of theaters playing the movie, go HERE.
Are you similar to your character in Free Style?
Sandra: I’m very similar to my character. I come from a very conservative family. We’re very close and very passionate about animals, love and life. I think she’s just like me.
Alex loves riding horses. Have you ever ridden a horse before?
Sandra: When I was very little, a pony maybe. Not really like horseriding. I took some classes in Los Angeles. When I arrived in Canada I got a teacher and he tried to teach me a little more. I love animals and horses. I want to continue it.
Were there any funny moments on set?
Sandra: This was the first onscreen kiss for Corbin [Bleu]. It was very cute and I remember we were trying to do the scene and his father came to watch. We were like ok, your father is telling you to kiss me. That’s weird.
Do you have a favorite scene from the movie?
Sandra: I like the one where I’m cleaning the horse and he’s cleaning his bike. Because we’re both together, but each one is doing their own things with their own passions. I like that dynamic. It was nice.
Madison: Like how he says, “I ride a different animal.”
Sandra: Exactly The scene is below
The movie actually deals with some heavy issues that viewers might be surprised about. Can you talk about those?
Sandra: A think a lot of people can identify with this film because of that. You can see problems that we face every day with the family, with the money, with a dream. It’s hard, you have to struggle in order to really see your dream and what you want. I come from a divorced family and it was very hard. I was 11 years old when they separated. I still have that pain in my heart because I still miss my father.
Was there a turning point in your life when you decided you wanted to become an actress?
Sandra: I started as a singer, not really as an actress, so I’m an actress by a mistake. [laughs] I started singing when I was 9 and I was part of a group for 6 years. We had two albums and were part of a big network in Mexico. They were like you need to start acting. They got me in a school and I started acting and I did my first show in Mexico. I fell in love with acting and that’s why I moved to LA and started really getting into it and in classes. I’m trying to do both now. I don’t forget about music.
Would you and Corbin ever duet?
Sandra: We haven’t, but I would love to. That’s why we connected very well since the beginning. We both love music and have this passion.
Madison Pettis: I would buy it. I’d be the first one to buy it on iTunes.
Sandra: Thank you!
Did you have a favorite outfit from the movie?
Sandra: I loved my denim jacket because it was very warm and fit with everything. So I bought it and I still use it.
How different is it filming a show than films? (Between Mexico & the US)
Sandra: The budget is way bigger over here. This is the first time I’ve shot with two cameras before too. I was like, “what? I’ve never seen this before!” So it was like I was in Disney World. And the catering was amazing. It was a bigger production. It was great. Other than that, it was very similar.
Any upcoming projects?
Sandra: I have two Mexican films coming out. Maybe at the end of this year. I’m working on my first album in Spanish. I’m going to start a show with NBC, well Telemundo called “Condones.” I start in mid-November. It was very successful in Brazil, so now I’m learning how to belly dance.
Is there a theme to your album?
Sandra: It’s going to be more pop rock. A little alternative. A nice mix. I love this singer, Sia, she’s amazing. I’d like to do something like her. We’ll see.
Any message for the fans about the movie?
Sandra: I think it’s likeable for everyone. For young kids and adults and teenagers. For everyone. You’re going to have a good time. I had a moment when I cried when I saw the father because I relate to that. There are good laughing moments. It’s a very nice film for everyone.
Any advice for girls that want to get into acting?
Sandra: To work hard for it. You have to prepare, you have to be very patient because it’s a long career and there’s a lot of competition. You have to stick to it. Don’t drop it at the first no because you’re going to hear a lot of no’s. Don’t get disappointed.