Forget about that kid almost prude that was the backbone of The Serrano. The then actor and later singer Fran Perea (Málaga, 1979) left the series on time not to burn, climbed the tables of the theater, set up his own company and without leaving the cinema (The 13 roses, From your window to mine, The Xirgu) and television (Moon, the mystery of Calenda; B & B; The sonata of silence; Elite body) has found time to take Spanish to the heart of the Balkans.
His latest work is triple: Travel the word it is a disc, a book (Martínez Roca publishing house) and a project supported by the Cervantes Institute that wants to repeat in other places the success of the Belgrade experience with Serbian students of Spanish. Fran Perea has become stronger -literally, the gym is noticeable-, more mature and with the lesson on fame well learned.
The worst of fame is the absolute loss of your privacy. That with twenty years your life of the return completely. Digest and place all that in its place without affecting you, it takes time to take your time
The last time you came to work in Barcelona you represented in the Poliorama the play 'Todos son mis hijos', with Manuela Velasco.
Working hard (laughs) After the last album, I left the music and TV a little apart to go back to the theater and started by Fedra. Then I began to chain theater projects, I started a company, Feelgood Theater, and I have been combining functions[[Don Juan, Electra, The stupidity, etc.]with some TV stuff. I also direct Souvenir, who is on tour right now.
You come back and go big: Travel the word is a very complete project and with the collaborations of Rozalén and Ara Malikian. Tell me a little more in detail.
It is a record of ten songs that I have been composing very quietly in these four years. I started writing it after the 35, facing the quarantine and doing a bit of reflection, balance, and also as an exercise in style. I wanted to test myself.
Is it a trip to Fran Perea's fund?
It's a very personal trip, yes. It has a lot to do with how I am in privacy. There are songs that are a true letter of intent. Honestly, without pretentiousness. Songs that are supported on a guitar and very supported on the word.
In fact, you have a deeper tone of voice than I remembered.
The actors work a lot in our training but the years also count. Anyway, I've always had a serious voice even though the characters I've made do not require it. In The way of the English yes I could use my tone and this album is very worked to sing in my voice record. Until now, the laws of marketing had forced me to sing in a higher tone.
The project consists of concerts and conferences at universities or centers that have to do with the study of Spanish. We were in May in Serbia, where I will return next year, and I would like to replicate the model in Croatia, Macedonia, Poland and countries that look towards our culture
You intend to take Spanish to countries in Eastern Europe where many people learned our language thanks to Spanish series, such as Los Serrano, in collaboration with the Cervantes Institute.
The project consists of concerts and conferences at universities or centers that have to do with the study of Spanish. We were in May in Serbia, where I will return next year, and I would like to replicate the model in Croatia, Macedonia, Poland and countries that look towards our culture. We found it very interesting to influence this phenomenon: for example, in Belgrade (Serbia) there are 400 university students of Spanish Philology.
How is the Serbian society that you have known?
It has surprised me how similar they are to us. One tends to think that they are similar to the Russians but are Mediterranean. Now they are going through a good moment of economic development and continue to keep their personality safe from globalization.
What do you inspire to create, to compose?
I usually go to my own experience, if not, to things that happen to people around you. The previous disc was more outward, this is more inward. Things that happen to me or that I find inspiring and move me to create. I speak of love, of loss, of how I face the world and myself.
Reach 40 having been the protagonist of one of the most celebrated series in the country, publishing records and with a theatrical background like yours is not to have a crisis, right?
(Laughter) I think so. The disc is accompanied by a book and in it I explain that I have had an exceptional life; because I have been able to develop myself in what I like and in the things that I have been living. Arriving at 40, I think I've taken advantage of my life. I do not have that crisis.
Today you act in Barcelona, tomorrow in Valencia, then Seville, Malaga, Jerez … Does vertigo return to face fame?
There is a certain vertigo in general but this one has another look, I have not been there for many years. Give respect, yes. But the experience has taught me a lot. I hope you have to take lots of pictures with people. We are several people who have invested a lot of time in this and I hope it lasts, that the team can live from this for a while.
In the book I tell a couple of anecdotes about this, what it was like to have so many people in the home portal. It's what I least expected to happen to me, that I was just a guy from Málaga who did his job. I had a hard time understanding it "
What do you remember with more affection and what was the most oppressive of that time of youthful idol?
It is fortunate to be able to play in front of a thousand people who react to the first chord, the people I have met on the road and with whom I have a relationship … The worst thing is the absolute loss of your privacy. That with twenty years your life of the return completely. Digest and place all that in its place without affecting you, it takes time to take your time. Maybe it's the longest I've had, to reconcile myself with all that. Now I am calm, calm and at peace with all that but there have been difficult times.
Did the press of the heart help you or ended up hurting your career?
Uh, that was terrifying. Of the most uncomfortable things. Because you have not given any cause for anyone to enter my life. In the book I tell a couple of anecdotes about this, what it was like to have so many people in the home portal. It's what I least expected to happen to me, that I was just a guy from Málaga who did his job. I had a hard time understanding it but well, then also time passes, it worries about other people and you stay calmer.
Back to Travel the word, What was it before, the project of taking Spanish to Europe or releasing the album?
Everything has gone a little hand in hand. The first thing is the album, the songs are the starting point. Alfonso Samos, my music producer is a fundamental part of it. We decided to throw it forward. I was in Finland years ago playing and then in the Balkans. In these years I have been finding what I was saying, many people interested in Spanish and anecdotes like the Jovetic footballer, who in a radio program said he had learned watching Los Serrano. Then I met him in person. We came up with the name of traveling the word because this project involves a trip to myself and also how to take our language to other countries. So that people connect better with the project, the illustrator has been incorporated Koy Sansa, specialist in calligraphy and writing live while I'm singing. Another person has an iPad with which he makes visual narrative and the show is very beautiful. We premiered it in Serbia and now we bring it to Spain.
Without leaving the cinema (The 13 roses, From your window to mine, The Xirgu) and television (Moon, the mystery of Calenda; B & B; The sonata of silence; Elite body) has found time to take Spanish to Belgrade