The same morning of the premiere of Ours 2 last Wednesday, Paula Echevarría attends the media via telephone. The actress plays Sergeant Martina Ibáñez in the series, a character very different from those she has faced in her career. Away from the pastel-colored dresses of the galleries in which the mixture of drama and comedy in the form of fairy tale that was Velvet, where Echevarría played Ana Ribera between 2013 and 2016 (and to which she returned for the start of Velvet collection), in Ours the influencer He had to learn to use a weapon and move with a military uniform that weighed about 28 kilos. "You never get to do the whole uniform," laughs the actress in conversation with EL PAÍS. "The costume mates gave me the option of dressing at the last moment before recording, but I, on the contrary, asked that they dress me an hour early to start moving and that when I arrived at the set, it does not look like Robocop. "
In 2015, Telecinco issued the first season of Ours. Hugo Silva and Blanca Suárez headed that story centered on the activities of the Green Berets and the relationship between its two protagonists. Now the look is directed to a mission of the Paratrooper Brigade in Syria with two objectives: to extract a Spanish civilian trapped in Raqqa who has information to avoid an imminent attack and recover a radioactive load that the Islamic State plans to blow up in Spain. The military man played by Paula Echevarría and the CNI agent Rodolfo Sancho plays are immersed in that mission that tells the series in three chapters (this Wednesday, Telecinco issues the second at 22.40).
To prepare the characters, the actors counted on the help of the military. "There was preparation, training, you had to be in shape, but more than physical strength, you had to prepare for people to believe that you were a member of an elite body." The biggest challenge for me was to make people believe that I was a experienced member of the BRIPAC ", recognizes Echevarría. For this, he lived for almost two months on an almost daily basis with soldiers in the base of the Prince BRIPAC in Paracuellos de Jarama. "With them I learned their human side, we know the most technical part, the most heroic, but they also taught me how they are, how they live, that they have a life apart, they have children, women, mothers who suffer when they go to missions, they lose companions along the way, they cry for them … There is a very human part that I liked to know ".
Echevarría's training for his role included the handling of firearms. "The first day you put a real gun with real ammunition in your hand scares, but you are in a very protected place, in a shooting range, there is nobody … It's fun, but weapons only like that, in a shooting range, I do not like anything. " The series counted on constant advice. "Everything you see, everything, has the approval of the army and the Parachute Brigade, in fact, two of the actors, in quotation marks, who are with us are real military men."
In September 2017, the actress signed an exclusive agreement with Mediaset to work on different fiction projects, both in television and in film. The result of this contract is his participation in this series and the film Wave of crimes (2018), comedy directed by Gracia Querejeta. "I'm still not aware of having returned to television, while you do not know if you're doing TV or movies, when the episode ends and we're all waiting for the audience, there's the real return to TV," said the actress. He confesses to have some respect for a hearing data that, in this case, has not smiled on him.
Although the first season achieved an average of 3,649,000 viewers and a 19.6% share of the screen, the start of the new release has been very far away, with only 1,515,000 viewers and a Compartir of 10.2%. Is Paula Echevarría afraid of hearing data? He answered before knowing these figures: "As much as fear, no, but you always try to make the product that you do and that you have done with a lot of love and respect, like everybody, that the work is reflected in the audience. not all products have had good audiences, nor have good audiences always corresponded to a good product, it is very complex ".