In a recent interview, Gloria Estefan, the Grammy-winning singer and actress, opened up about how weird it was to kiss another man at 47, but she was glad it was Andy Garcia. She said: “First of all, we’ve been friends forever. But if I ever had to kiss someone in a movie, I’m glad it was Andy because he made me feel comfortable .”
The 64-year-old opened up about her film, ‘Father of the Bride,’ on Today, in which she and Andy play Ingrid and Billy, a longtime couple contemplating divorce in the film. Mentioning how she and Andy have been close friends for decades, but it was always awkward to kiss anyone other than her husband, Emilio Estefan, she said: “I shipped Emilio out of the State. I wanted him to leave the studio because I didn’t. I want his energy anywhere near there. It was Ingrid kissing Billy. So that’s the character. But still , you know. He’s the only man I’ve kissed after Emilio in 47 years!”
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When asked how was the kiss? Estefan replied, “Lovely. It was a nice kiss.” While Andy said, “It was a kiss out of respect for her, for women, for family and for reunion. That was the point of the kiss.”
This is the first time the singer will play in a leading role. She explained that she didn’t have to audition for the role and that Andy told her that her casting wasn’t difficult because he trusted her. “Father of the Bride” is the Cuban-American remake of the 1991 original, starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Written by Matt Lopez and directed by Gaz Alazraki, the screenplay finds Andy and Estefan playing parents preparing for their daughter’s wedding where Estefan’s character, Ingrid, has become frustrated with her husband’s ways and wants a divorce from him. . The film, released Thursday, June 16, is available on HBO Max.
Who is Gloria Estefan’s husband?
As Estefan talks about his on-screen kiss and why it was special, fans wondered who is Estefan’s better half that captured his heart. Few people know that the singer had the biggest pop hits of the late 80s and the majority were produced by her husband, Emilio Estefan. The couple, who previously worked together, married in 1978. Emilio has many feathers in his hat, the brightest being a 19-time Grammy Award winner. He is also a songwriter, record and television producer, best-selling author, filmmaker and cultural ambassador. He has also managed and influenced the careers of many musical talents, including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Jennifer López and others. He was one of the founding directors of the Latin Grammy Awards, inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, and named the first “Person of the Year” by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Among his accomplishments, he was selected as second vice chairman of the National Museum Commission of the Latino American by former President Barack Obama. Former President George W. Bush also named him a member of the Presidential Committee on Arts and Humanities.
They met at a friend’s house in the mid-1970s. However, the romance began to blossom a year after the pair started performing together, which eventually led to Miami Sound Machine. Talk to USA today in 2020, the singer admitted that they tried to keep things professional at first. But within a year of joining the band, Estefan had become Emilio’s girlfriend. She also said, “As you get older, different things become more important. We’ve been very, very sexually happy and very connected. I think that’s one of the secrets of marriage.”
The 2019 Gershwin Award winners have, over their more than 30-year careers, built a musical empire and made listening to Cuban music one of America’s favorite pastimes. Ja Library of Congress details how the couple began their extraordinary rise to world fame in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine, creating a unique sound that fused Latin rhythms and pop. Some of their hits include ‘Conga’, ‘Turn the Beat Around’, ‘Get on Your Feet’ and ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’. The song “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” in March 2019 was named to the National Recording Registry, an exclusive group of sound recordings selected for preservation because of their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance to the nation’s audio heritage.
The duo was named Songwriter of the Year by BMI and won 26 Grammy Awards. They also have a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical “On Your Feet!”, which they executive produced. In addition to their musical talents, they are also successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists and humanitarians. The Estefans have received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.