December 5, 2013
Silvina EscuderoSunday, August 18, 2013
Portrait of an Argentine diva
Born: September 27th, 1983
College: Veterinary sciences BA in Salvador University
Working History: Dancer, Actress, model
Likes to read: Short stories
Silvina Escudero is one of the most well-known entertainers in the country. After just finishing studying sign language, she invited the Herald to her Palermo flat, where she was resting wearing a casual sweater, happy to be taking a break from her demanding schedule at the end of week. Over a beer and her small pet cat crawling between her arms, she gave an inside look on what it’s like to be a female entertainer in Argentina.
Escudero has danced since she was three years old but had her big break in 2008 when she was offered a slot to compete in Marcelo Tinelli’s Bailando por un Sueño (Dancing for a Dream). From then on, her career jump-started as she began to participate in several TV programmes and plays. Escudero is a favourite topic for the media that seems to follow every detail about her career and love life. She recently began working on her first movie The mystery of Happiness alongside Guillermo Francella and Inés Estévez.
There are a lot of beautiful women and actresses out there, what made you stand out?
Besides my dancing and studies, I think it’s because I’m an honest person. I’d rather people love me for what I am instead of having one million people love me for what I’m not. By being forward and transparent, I’m able to reach people better. I’m also constantly studying: now, for example I’m studying sign language.
What is the most important thing in your life besides dancing?
Animals. I always say that Silvina Escu-dero goes with animals and dancing. I’m a spokesperson for an animal shelter. I’m always working for animals on the street. I take in homeless dogs, help clean and vaccinate them and then put them up for adoption.
Is it hard to start out as an actress in Argentina?
When I started out I would go to work in my car, wearing my school uniform from the Northlands private school. And some of my dancer friends would judge me saying that I had a privileged life since they would take the bus and came from a different background. But nothing is easy — I worked from the bottom up, going from audition to audition since I was 13.
Why is there so much news about your personal life on TV?
I don’t know why but I’m one of those celebrities that there are always news about, although half of the stories are made up. The problem is even if I try to be discreet about my personal life, the paparazzi find a way around it. So, I think it’s better if I just tell the public because they will find out anyway.
What is your opinion about President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner?
I don’t want to talk about that because these days everything is extreme — you either love the president or hate her. There is nothing in between. And I don’t feel that way. I love my country. And I want to be part of a positive energy. I think it’s always better to focus on things we need to take care of, such as security or education.
Do you think actors and actress should be involved in politics?
If they’re passionate, and think they can do something, then by all means. But I want to contribute to my country in a different way. For example, there is a homeless man who lives around here. I always feed him and dress him. I don’t want to be in politics.
What is one thing that has to change in Argentina?
Crime. I’m afraid when I take my dog out for a walk or when I go out dancing. I fear I will be mugged. Once I was mugged and I had personal bodyguards accompanying me for 6 months.
What do you think about machismo in Argentina?
There is a lot of machismo in this country. In fact, I think Argentina is the country that has the most machismo. But, if you live here, you get used to it. And I have to say I’m even a bit machista myself. I think a lot of the machismo has to do with being a gentleman. But the situation is changing, women used to only have to cook and take care of the kids but now they also have to work. While men also now not only have to work, but have to serve women as well.
What is your opinion on cat-calling?
I’m not repulsed by it because I mainly hear nice things such as how pretty you are or how gorgeous. I think it’s nice as long as it involves pretty and educated compliments. But before I was a public figure, sometimes they would say vulgar and obscene things to me, which I would just ignore.
Do women suffer from discrimination in Argentina?
As the years go by I think there is less of that. Every year there are more laws that protect women and these days you can file a complaint with the INADI (the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism) for even the smallest thing. Having a woman president also illustrates how the situation for women keeps improving.
What do you think about Argentine men?
They are very cute and handsome. But they are also very immature at certain ages. In their 30s they act like they’re in their 20s. Women mature earlier than men. But now I’m in love; so I’m great. —Silvina has been dating Martín Amestoy (a producer of the TV programme Cuestión de Peso) for the past two months.
Would you have a problem having a sleep-in husband?
Yes!! he has to work, just like me. I could not live with a man who is at home all day with the kids. That is not a man. A man has to work, has to have ambition.
How is your English so fluent if you’ve never lived in an English-speaking country?
I went to the Northlands bilingual school from primary to the end of high school and a lot of my friends speak it. My boyfriends or friends who don’t can get annoyed and sometimes complain saying ‘Why do you speak English, this is ridiculous.‘ But I like it, because when I go to the States I feel like a US or a British person.
Are you religious?
I’m religious but I’m not practicing, although, I do pray the “Our Father” every night. I have my own connection with my God. Three years ago I began to question the traditional Catholic beliefs and started to give serious thought to karma and the possibility of reincarnation. I believe that good souls go to a type of heaven and I imagine it’s a place where you are always happy. I also think that there could be reincarnation although as a Catholic we are told the opposite, but since some people have unfair lives I feel like there must be karma. That is where I have an issue with my Catholic religion.
What are your goals for the next five years?
First of all, I would like to get married and maybe have my first child. I don’t think I will be a stay-at-home mom. In my work life, I would like to host a TV show. I want to get into the movie business. Now, I’m going to take part in my first movie with Guillermo Francella and director Daniel Burman, where I will have a supporting role. You always have to study and improve your skills.