The name of an Ecuadorian returns to sound on the international stage. This time it’s the one from the lojana Karen Monterowho is part of the seventh season of the series The Bay, which has won 23 Emmys and has had 56 nominations.
Live a great moment or in your own words is “Happy, it’s a dream come true”, also still a little incredulous with everything that is happening to her. “Something I didn’t expect to happen, happy because I’m trying myself as an actress abroad and that makes me feel very, very proud and with a lot of expectation,” Montero tells this newspaper.
In the series they follow “the wealthy but dysfunctional residents of Bay City who live in a town cursed by Red Garrett, a sinister senator who was assassinated by his socialite granddaughter, Sara Garrett.” Sara’s youngest son, Pete, and those closest to him face various situations such as rape, blackmail, etc. In addition, their lives are surrounded by forbidden love, lies and scandals.
The Ecuadorian in this series, produced in Puerto Rico in the middle of last year, bring Rebecca to life a leading officer of the SWAT team, who supports the Detective Cordero, who is played by Puerto Rican singer Robi Draco Rosa. “They work together to dismantle a gang of criminals who put the lives of the protagonists in danger and at risk,” he explains about his character in English. She also shared with the actors Mike Manning, Kristos Andrews, and Karrueche Tran.
Puerto Rican musician Draco Rosa is invited to perform in the series ‘The Bay’
One of the challenges of interpreting Rebeca, says the actress, was understanding body language on a tactical level. “The training that the officers have here in Ecuador is very different from what they have in the United States and what they have in the United Kingdom,” explains Montero, who affirms that the series came at the right moment in his life, since I had been studying acting for a few years.
He ventured into acting in 2018 by starring in the national film 303 ransom. It was part of the series prisoner abroad from NatGeo. In 2019 she resided for several months in London, where she went to study acting and combat coordination for theater and film at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Arrival of the script
The script of The Bay it reached the hands of his agent in 2021. “She reads the character of Rebecca and immediately thinks of me and two other talent options she had. She sends us self type. We start the process of casting from here and then I had to travel to Puerto Rico and I was fortunate to keep the role”she comments, adding that during her stay in Puerto Rico she was the protagonist of the video clip Until old, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Christian Pagán.
With in The Bay The actress makes her international debut, although she has already been linked abroad as a dancer. She has been in music videos for artists like Maluma, Marc Anthony, Gloria Trevi, Farruko, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam and Karol G. “So from that perspective I do have the experience of having worked internationally, but in acting I’m starting,” says the actress who turned 33 on February 14.
New opportunities and projects
For 2022, the search for new opportunities does not stop for Montero, such as reading scripts, projects. In addition, together with her audiovisual production company, they are developing her own projects, they are getting ready for the shooting of two films in the course of this year, in which her husband, who is a film director and screenwriter, is involved.
Regarding the first film, he explains that it will address mental health and they are hoping to start filming between May and June, and plan to release it in the first months of 2022. Meanwhile, the second film is planned to be recorded in April and released in November of this anus. In one of them he will act, while in the other he will be part of the executive production. As part of the cast, although he does not say names, he mentions that national and international actors will participate.
In the field of dance, he continues with the activities in his studio, where he continues to teach, prepare competition teams, make stage productions for fashion shows and reigns.
What has Karen’s preparation process been like to get to where she is right now? “I think that it is always to be looking for opportunities through preparation. I have trained in the United States in the subject of dance, (also) in Jamaica, in Panama, in Mexico, in various countries and for the subject of acting I moved to London. The life of an artist, in general, always has to be based in some way on preparation, education and parallel to that, having a good agent, someone who is always moving one’s talent and work abroad”, he replies. Montero, who says that he would like to work with the American actor Denzel Washington.
“I would love to play a role with him (Washington)”, says the actress, and confesses that she is attracted to action characters. “I love it, I am fascinated by the heroine, since this woman who has to do a lot of combat, the spy, I think they are roles that one would be fascinated by, but I do not deny myself anything, any role that I feel has a connection for me it is super important and a great opportunity”, he points out.
The Bay is about to premiere in the United States, Australia and South Africa on TV, while in Latin America through Amazon Prime, a platform on which it is available from the first to the fifth season. The series was written and directed by American Gregori J. Martin. (AND)