AfterEllen.com recently caught up with 23-year-old Spanish TV star Celia Freijeiro to discuss her lesbian web series, Chica Busca Chica (Girl Seeks Girl). (Read our review of the series here.)
In Chica Busca Chica, Freijeiro plays Nines, a smooth-talking lothario who can make any woman fall prey to her slyly seductive ways.
In our email interview, Freijeiro talks about the ongoing struggle of finding funding and a distributor for the lesbian TV series in Spain, the onscreen chemistry between her beautiful cast mates and a sneak peek of what to expect in the future for Chica Busca Chica (warning: lesbian pregnancy storyline likely).
AfterEllen.com: For those readers who haven’t yet watched Chica Busca Chica, how would you describe the series?
Celia Freijeiro: Chica Busca Chica is a Spanish comedy in which the main focus is the stories and situations that the protagonists experience. The creators, Sonia Sebastian and Olga Iglesias, wanted the main characters to be a group of women who other women would like, while refusing to dwell on the morbid situation that the taboo of homosexuality could generate.
The creators decided to produce a comedy for all ages, which is why there’s no strong sexual content in the show. The series is fresh, shameless and fun, while still being sexy.
AE: What initially drew you to this project?
CF: Well, it was my friend, actress Sandra Collantes, who spoke to me about this project, but immediately after I met the director, I caught onto her vision and, frankly, I fell in love with the script and Nines.
AE: What was your family’s reaction to you playing a lesbian? What do they think of Nines?
CF: My dad, Rafael Freijeiro, is a well-known painter, and my mom is a jewelry designer. They’re both artists and understand my career perfectly and support me entirely. They’ve seen all of my work, and CBC was no exception.
AE: Was playing Nines in Chica Busca Chica your first time playing a lesbian, and did you have initial inhibitions?
CF: The first time in my professional career that I got a lesbian scene was in the production, El Color de Agosto by Paloma Pedrero. In the play, my character, Maria, is an artist married to Juan, the ex-boyfriend of her best friend, Laura. What she would discover in the process was tormented love for Laura. That was the first time I played a woman in love with another woman.
Celia Freijeiro (right) in El Color de Agosto
Nines is totally different – a modern lesbian, completely out of the closet, really sexually liberated and a heartbreaker. It’s true that, at the beginning, I had a lot of doubts about how to interpret the role and I had a lot of questions. But it ended up being the most fun!