As deprived of a person as iconic Mexican singer Luis Miguel has been for the past 40 years, giving a production company your blessing to tell your life story in a TV series seems to be the exact opposite of what El would do. Sol of MÃ©xico.
Actor and singer Diego Boneta (Rock of ages) never had the opportunity to ask Miguel why he decided to support Luis Miguel: the series, but he is happy that the singer chose to go ahead with the project. The second season premiered its first two episodes on Netflix on Sunday, April 18.
âI don’t know the exact reasons why he decided to do it,â Boneta, 30, told Remezcla. âHe’s been so deprived of his privacy. But I told him that I thought what he was doing was brave and that I admired him for it.
Admiration for Miguel is probably easy for someone like Boneta, who started his career around the same age as Miguel, 20 years later. Miguel released his first album, A Sol, in 1982 at 11. Boneta appeared on the Mexican reality show CÃ³digo FAMA in 2003 at 12 years old. Coincidentally, the first song he sang on the show was Luis Miguel’s “La Chica Del Bikini Azul” from his 1984 album. Palabra of honor.
âThen, 16 years later, I was able to record [âLa Chica Del Bikini Azulâ] for season 1 of [Luis Miguel: The Series], which was crazy, âsays Boneta. “This is the craziest example of when things were meant to be, they were meant to be.”
So, due to all of their similarities, does Boneta feel like Miguel’s role in a TV series is a role he was born to?
âLooking back on it now, I can say I’m very happy I was able to do it, and I gave it my all,â he says. “I played it like I was born to play it.”
In season 2, Luis Miguel: The series presents Miguel’s life over two decades – the 1990s and 2000s – and covers the many âbetrayals, secrets, reunions, challenges and sorrowsâ he faced during this time. Among those things are meeting his estranged daughter for the first time, confronting his grandmother who threatens to bring her younger brother back to Madrid and dealing with his own health issues.
âI really like how the second season is darker,â says Boneta. âIt’s darker because it’s in this part of his life that he went through very difficult personal challenges and juggled so many things at the same time. I really like to show that side of him – that human side.
Boneta said that one of the most important things about Miguel’s play this season is to generate empathy for a character who âgets it wrongâ on occasion. While the series enjoys Miguel’s backing and is considered the “authorized version” of his life story, this is not a project where the writers wanted to gloss over some of the less flattering things in his life. Miguel.
âWe all have our own demons,â Boneta says. âAs an actor, it’s more interesting to play these types of anti-hero roles. We understood that we had to tell about those difficult moments, just like Luis Miguel. It was the most important thing for me – not always to portray him as the hero. People cannot understand this.
Even then, Miguel didn’t reveal everything. There is still a mystery behind the man in the spotlight. âHe shared some really intimate things with me that he asked me not to tell anyone,â Boneta says. âHe told me things that he thought would help me with the character. There was this camaraderie and understanding between us. It was a privilege to have that.