Our exclusive interview with gorgeous Colombian actress and model Maritza Rodríguez. She is currently known for her role as Amparo in the most successful Telemundo’s series “El Señor de los Cielos.” Maritza has been on several “Telenovela” projects and modeling projects.
Maritza also has her own successful Spanish blog maritzarodriguez.com where she gives tips for healthy, family and more.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
I think a person is not only three words, it is very difficult to describe myself but something that stick out of me is that I’m very cheerful, I love to be happy. I love to listen music, and as a women I always try to bring balance to my family. My family is very important.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My biggest supporter out of the shadow of a doubt The Creator, that is my best silent partner in spiritual terms, and obviously in this physical world my family. My family is the greatest support that I have.
How did you get started in the industry?
I started in fashion, as a model. Then I became an actress, but fashion was like the first platform for me to start in the industry.
What was your first acting role?
I did a lot of non speaking roles at the very beginning of my career. But my first role was Irene Richardson a character of a soap opera named “Dios se lo Pague” made in Colombia back in 1997.
What is the best and worst part of being an actress?
Being an actress is like a regular life. As a human beings we are full of challenges and moments of living the pleasure of having won those challenges. That’s what we call it better or worse part of our lives. I thinks that the best part is when your TV show is successful, and gets a lot of covers and the love of your public. An actor feels bad when we want a character but the company choose another person. Also when you have to work but you want to be in a special celebration with your family, like a wedding, a birthday or Christmas, so I think it’s sometimes those little things that makes it feel you bad.
Best advice ever given?
The best advice is the Dialogue, the person who gave it to me was my dad, I remember that when I got married the first thing he said was “congratulations honey, do not forget that the best is dialogue”. I really think that Dialogue is not only to be able to speak well, is communicate. I believe that humans need to communicate in the right way, we have to learn to say things with love and express ourselves correctly.
You are part of one of the most successful Telemundo’s series “El Señor de los Cielos,” Tell us about your role as Amparo and about the series?
Amparo is a very smart woman, she tried to show people that there was another way of life more than be a drug dealer, not an easy life but right. She shows that not only because you are a woman and you are beautiful you have to get a man who is narco to solve your life. Amparo appear in this show to rescue her little nephew who was orphaned and get him out of that world. Then she meets Aurelio (the lead character) and get in love, Aurelio asks her to married him but she says no because he wasn’t able to leave that life as a narco. That was Amparo, a confident woman. I loved her. About the show, it is supremely successful series, it seems to me that marks a before and after on Hispanic television.
What has been your most memorable experience from the set?
I have had lots of wonderful experiences, so many beautiful things happen, so many funny and many tragic things too. I remember my last birthday on the set of the telenovela Silvana Sin Lana, it was a really memorable moment, very moving and special. There was so much love, so much admiration, so much affection because it was like a mixture of the beginning of my new life, also a great farewell, it was obviously my birthday and as the compilation of so many years in Telemundo working with people that mean a lot to me. We shared a lovely cake with mariachis, my mom was there too. Then after 10 minutes of having finished the party we have to keep working, so no one was stressed, everyone relaxed, laughing, I felt the love of the people and I also cry it was amazing.
Are you friends with the cast outside the cameras?
Of course, I have a lot of friends outside of the cameras like Marcela Pezet, Rafael Amaya, Caterique Siachoque, Miguel Varoni, Ismael La Rosa, Maritza Bustamante, Aylin Mujica, Carlos Ponce, Gaby Espino, Karla Monroig, David Chocarro, Freddy Flores, Mario Espitia, Adriana Barraza, Ximena Duque, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Kimberly Dos Ramos.
What other projects you have been part of?
At the moment I am simply in a very happy moment of my life working on my Youtube channel Con M de Mujer By Maritza, and working on my writings and my blog maritzarodriguez.com, besides I am dedicated housekeeping and my children. I am reading and studying a lot.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
I don’t have one.
What are your makeup bag staples when traveling?
When I travel I take everything, I can not travel without my base, blush, mascara, eyelashes, etc. I need it all.
Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
I am definitely conservative and classic, there are designers or brands that I like a lot, like Marchesa, Zuhair Murad, Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, they are perfect to go to a red carpet. When I shopping, I only care about the style if I like something I just buy it, I really like classic clothes, conservative. And I love colorful clothing, I’m very Caribbean in that sense.
And how did you started in the modeling business? What is fun and rewarding about modeling? And what’s not?
I think that fashion has a very dangerous edge as everything in the industry, at the time I started, it was tendency to be very thin which could cause many health problems, now It’s different. What was amazing for me is that I always saw it as a job, being able to travel, getting to know a lot of people, being able to build a career as a model, as a brand, as a celebrity, the gratifying thing is that you can have a very beautiful life. You can travel around the world, you use the best cars, the best planes, meet very important people, it’s really fascinating, I always loved it. I think that in the industry you can have all of the best if you do it with conscience and you do it well.
Now tell us about being crowned as ‘Miss World Colombia’ and ‘Miss América Latina.’?
For me was amazing participate in Miss World Colombia and Miss Latin America, those events are huge for a model, it was very interesting because at that time I built a beautiful friendship with one of my closest friends. That period allowed me to Know me better.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
A large mirror, long that goes from ceiling to wall, a mirror is very important. Another thing is my Zohar, I have a small one in my wallet always with me and at home there is always the big one and of course my books.
What music do you like?
Salsa, vallenato and romantic songs.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Wow I’d love to meet Ravi Akiva, Ari Hakadosh, Rav Brandwein and Ravi Shimon Bar Yojai.
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
Spend time with my family and read.
How’s a normal day in your life?
My days are never the same, I get up early, I take care of my children, I’ll do some shopping if necessary, I’ll do interviews if I have, I do some work out. I really want to watch a little more television, read much more than I read, but Sometimes I do not have enough time. A normal day is a day of not stopping, doing a thousand things, I can’t even take a nap, I have many commitments, interviews, appointments, errands.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Salads and Papaya.
And your favorite cheat food?
French fries definitely.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
I do not know, I look very well as I am now, five years ago I would never have imagined being as complete as I am now, I want to stay that way.
Do you support any charities?
Yes, my husband and I support two of it, but I would not like to mention them.
Where we can follow you?
Favorite Music: Salsa
Quote: The presence of the creator is always everywhere, even if we see something imperfect.
Holiday Destination: Israel
Restaurante: My Home
Drink: Water, tea and coffee
Celebrity Crush: I don’t have a crush on him but I look after Steven Spielberg
Song: Idilio by Willie Colon
Sports Team: El Junior de Barranquilla
Movie: Los Niños del Cielo
Photo credit: Christopher Esqueda / Shandrew PR