Gina Rodriguez and other Latin stars of Ferdinand — nominated to the Golden Globes for Best Animated Film — talk about their endearing roles.
December box-office hit Ferdinand (Fox/Blue Sky) — about a bull who would rather smell the roses than partake in bullfights — is battling Coco (Disney/Pixar), among other contenders, for the Best Animated Film trophy at the Golden Globes this year. The film has a talented Latin cast, including Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez, Colombian singer Juanes, comedian Gabriel Iglesias and Univision TV host Karla Martinez.
Rodriguez plays a sassy hedgehog named Uma in the film, inspired by the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. “It’s fantastic. It’s a beautiful movie,” Rodriguez said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC). “I really think that it’s going to move lots of people in reminding you to just stay on the path of who you are and not be afraid to step outside of what people can expect from you and just being true to yourself. It’s a reminder that we all need sometimes. It’s okay to be you. You is dope.”
It’s a fun surprise to hear Latin Grammy-winning Colombian artist Juanes lend his voice to Juan, the owner of a flower farm who adopts the loving bull after his daughter persuades him. He also sings the song “Lay Your Head On Me,” featured in the soundtrack.
Mexican-American comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias brings a touch of humor as a hedgehog named Cuatro. “I hit two drive-throughs before I got to the voice-over just to get myself ready for this character, because this character is constantly eating and can’t wait for the next meal,” he told Hollywood Today.
Karla Martinez, co-host of Univision’s morning show Despierta America, makes her debut in animated films, playing Isabella, a busy mom of a baby girl. “I’m very happy because it was something very different. I always wanted to lend my voice to animated movies and I thank God I got this opportunity,” she said on the show, where she interviewed fellow cast member, actor and wrestling star John Cena, who plays the lead role of Ferdinand.
Spain’s Miguel Angel Silvestre — famous for his seductive role on the Spanish TV series Velvet — plays master bullfighter El Primero in the film.
“I admire it, the dance and the capes, but the moment that they start putting in the spears and there’s blood and animal abuse, I think it’s barbarian and I don’t support it,” he told EFE about bullfighting, a deep-seated tradition in his country. The movie, directed by Carlos Saldanha — who also directed Rio and Ice Age — takes a stand against animal cruelty and bullying.