Alicia Sanz was born to be an actress, which may be why she can’t recall ever wanting to do anything else. She’s been performing since she was a little girl and has been in a number of wonderful Spanish films and TV series. Recently, she packed her bags and readied herself to make her US debut in the cult classic turned TV series From Dusk Till Dawn. We were able to pin down this amazing actress to discuss a bit about her past, future, and what will become of her character, Paloma.
Cliché: Since you’ve been acting from at least the age of 8, have you ever imagined yourself doing something else, or did you always know acting was the only thing you wanted to do?
Alicia Sanz: Ever since I was very little, I imagined myself inside of the TV. That’s how I would describe it to my mom. I started going to dance classes at a very young age, then acting and singing. I’ve always gravitated toward the arts, but after graduating from high school, my parents wanted me to get a “serious degree,” so I chose to major in economy in college. I only lasted six months though and made the decision to become an actress. This was going to be my “serious degree” since it has always been my path. I’ve never had a plan B. I know it’s risky, but sometimes you just have to follow your heart and stick with what your instincts tell you.
What was it like going from a Spanish drama to an American horror series?
From Dusk Till Dawn is my first American series, but thankfully, it has a Hispanic element, so I was able to take a bit from what I already know and put a new twist on it, especially going into a horror genre. Speaking in English was of course different, as well as the location where we shot the series (Austin, TX), but it was fun to play such a different character than those I’ve done in the past.
Was From Dusk Till Dawn a big change from what you’ve done in the past?
I’ve done horror before in Spain. I was in a film called Afterparty where I had a scene in which I had to do a stunt and there was blood and all of that, but this is my first project with so many stunts and where “supernatural” characters are heavily involved. It was definitely a different world—one only Robert Rodriguez could have made happen.
What was one of your favorite scenes to film?
I really enjoyed the scenes where I was very vulnerable, but at the same time I had to be strong in front of the other characters. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it shows different dimensions to the character I played, Paloma, and I think most people can relate to feeling this way.
Do you think you’d make a good vampire if you got turned into one?
You mean a “Culebra”? [laughs] Yes, I think I’d make a good one in real life. I can be feisty and assertive. I guess you’ll have to watch the show and see what happens to Paloma!
How do you unwind for the day?
I’m very active and like to keep busy with different activities. I like to go hiking and running. My apartment building has a pool where I’m able to relax, read scripts, and have friends over. I also love watching movies and having dinner with friends. I have a big group of international friends and have been trying to put together a dinner where they each bring a dish from their country. I think that’d be a fun thing to do!
What are your plans for the future?
I just made the big move to L.A. so I could focus on my career here, while still going back home whenever possible, but I hope to have some awesome projects to tell you about soon. In the meantime, I plan to keep working hard and travel as often as I can.
Alicia Sanz Interview: Photos are courtesy of Oscar Garcia