Tenoch Huerta: “I really wanted to join, I denied my identity, but I cannot belong to the elite”

The Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta throughout an interview for EL PAÍS, on September 7, 2022.Nayeli Cruz

The e-book that Tenoch Huerta has in entrance of him, that’s lined together with his face and his identify, the one that he’s presenting a month and a half earlier than this interview could be revealed, that e-book is fake. It additionally has a title: Prieto Prieto, however inside it there’s nonetheless not a phrase written by the Mexican actor. An individual in control of Penguin Random Home, the writer that publishes it this October, brings him and clarifies: he’s a dummy for the pictures. When this interview came about, EL PAÍS had not been in a position to learn greater than three traces of content material. Huerta, intense and charming and with the speech realized from the bowels, circumvents the problem.

—And the way are you with the discharge of the e-book? Though this specimen is pretend

Like every little thing in my life…

And he laughs together with his large mouth and downplays it and talks about how the method of writing his first e-book has been “unusual however stunning” as a result of it got here to him in the course of filming the newest Marvel film, one of many nice alternatives of his profession. , the place he’ll play Namor, the marine prince. The writer proposed to Huerta to arrange a e-book on racism in Mexico, one that may make clear ideas, “take the topic out of academia”, open the melon to show the issue, and he instructed them no, that he was not an educational, who was not an activist both, however it’s the e-book that one muggy day at the start of September is fortunately presenting to the entire rush of nationwide journalists.

“In Mexico, racism is invisible as a result of not like the American, which segregates, our nation is integrationist and that’s the place it hides, as a result of we’re all the identical in look and speech: we’re all mestizos,” the actor begins, and continues: “If we’re simply discussing whether or not there’s racism, whether or not or not the monster exists, how can we fuck off Are we going to kill him?”

Huerta (Ecatepec de Morelos, 41 years outdated) talks in an interview about how he does it in his neighborhood, the place he had a sonidero neighbor who closed the road and performed toquines and the place he started to like and cry with cumbia and the place they referred to as him El Negrito and the place he was the day that on the age of 14 the police pointed a squad at him. He recounts all of this as threads that result in different claims: “Cumbia sucks me and I appreciated it earlier than Ximena Sariñana, a white girl, gave us her white validation so we might dance it” or “a little bit woman from Coacalco or Ecatepec does Three policemen can level their weapons at him and so they can pull him and so they can kill him and nothing occurs, however it is going to by no means occur to a little bit boy in the identical circumstances as Polanco, within the Scullion life goes to occur to him.”

It has been about eight years since Huerta wakened, modified his discourse and turned his performing speaker right into a steady platform in opposition to racism. Within the half-hour that this speak lasts, he offers him time to string collectively the anecdotes, to throw darts (“the phrase popcorn is deeply racist”), to place sentences like “the elites don’t eat tortillas”, whereas displaying charisma.

Huerta’s first nice movie function was given by Gael García Bernal together with his first movie Deficit. It was 2007 and he was a gardener. Greater than 60 productions adopted him, in the US, Mexico and Spain, with large headlines resembling Netflix, the place he performed the highly effective drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero, or the sequence Mozart within the Jungle, from Amazon. There have been many and so they have been totally different however the field was repeated: “They at all times gave me roles of poor, ignorant and violent.” As we speak is 2022 and he’s going to play one of many protagonists of the brand new Marvel blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally. One thing is altering.

“The primary time I used to be conscious that I used to be darkish was after I arrived on the nationwide cinema, that is after I realized that we’re not the identical, come on, we do not even eat the identical factor,” he says sitting in a small room that Penguin Random Home has ready for the conferences. “I got here to the desk the place the actors, producers and administrators have been and there have been no tortillas and there have been no scorching sauces, however you go to the desk of the workers and there’s a shit of tortillas and there are chilitos toreados. It looks as if a ridiculous and foolish factor, however we do not eat the identical factor. There’s a performative angle throughout the elites of ‘have a look at me, I do not eat the identical factor as you,’ he says nonchalantly.

Though now when he says it he appears to be boxing, Huerta acknowledges that he spent years making an attempt to assimilate into this new circle. “I misplaced my linguistic id: I finished sounding the way it sounded, how my childhood, my household, my avenue and my mates sounded. I began to decorate like them, to go to the identical locations as them, after all, they went to Venice Seaside and I simply went to the Countess. I actually wished to combine, for a few years I denied my id, nevertheless it was very painful, very tiring and I ended up remoted, as a result of I can not belong to the elite, there’s a final layer that I can not enter as a result of I used to be not educated of their colleges, I don’t belong to their households, I don’t inhabit their areas. So for a very long time I used to be very removed from who I used to be till a good friend stated to me: ‘Why do you need to belong? It belongs to your individual group.”

He believes that the press, though it sounds paradoxical, was made at one of many personal events on the Cannes competition, in a really glamorous restaurant above the Mediterranean, there he stated no extra. “A cumbia sounded in that bar sucker and I stated ‘to egg, from Ecatepec pal world’. That is after I started to rethink myself, to grasp that there was nothing unsuitable with who I used to be, I had nothing to be ashamed of, however that there was rather a lot to be pleased with. I assumed like this, okay, hug him and care for him and love him, dude, ”she remembers. This e-book, which she now holds though it’s clean, that’s the closing object of that reconciliation. “I’ll by no means betray myself once more in life, I’ll by no means deny the place I come from and if I do it once more, effectively now I’ve lots of people round me who give me zapes”, he says and laughs, once more, in nice.

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