The seven lives of an enjoyable actress

The fault that Amanda Ríos is an actress lies with the series '7 lives'. Although she was already attracted to her boards as a child, the unforgettable adventures of Amparo Baró, Blanca Portillo and Gonzalo Castro discovered that she wanted to do the same. She has already taken an important step in trying to emulate those giants of the scene. Every Monday night, this 35-year-old from Malaga has an appointment with viewers on Telecinco, where she plays an agent from Group 2 of the Disappeared of the Central Brigade. She plays Azhar, the police officer under the orders of Juan Echanove in 'Disappeared', a Mediaset and Amazon Prime production. Ríos, an enemy of routines, loves theater, conjugates the verb enjoy perfectly and uses dance as a catharsis. Before her, her heart raced when she faced the public, but that was a long time ago. The only evil of her is an excessive self-demand.


8:30 a.m. I have a coffee and some toast, without rushing. Putting on the coffee pot and sitting quietly is one of the best things that can happen to me in the day, it is a very pleasant moment. That's when I start reading texts, scripts and work proposals. While I have breakfast I unplug the TV so I can read the newspaper, although sometimes, as things are, the news brings me down a lot.

12.00 noon. A year and a bit ago they taught me to handle the surfskate, a kind of skateboard with which the rocking of the surf is practiced. In fact, it was designed to exercise the body when this sport could not be practiced in the sea. I go to the Retreat with my friend, where we train for about two hours, and then we have a picnic. I love it because it's how I socialize, catch up and exercise.

7:30 p.m. It fascinates me to see theater and interpret it, although I haven't participated in any production for three years. Also, I am surprised myself because I have lost stage fright, I have lost that kind of adrenaline release before going on stage. I no longer feel those nerves where it suddenly felt like my heart was jumping out of my mouth. Perhaps over the years that fear is applied.


3:00 p.m. I have a love-hate relationship with cooking. It's great when you have time, but when you're working, going to the supermarket to do the shopping is a pain.

5:00 p.m. Now that I'm not working, I do internships at the School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid, the ECAM. She collaborated as an actress with the students doing directing exercises. Right now I'm studying expressive movement and I'm also going to English classes.

6:00 p.m. A perfect day would consist of being able to leave home at twelve, enjoy a wonderful sun, take a walk and sit on a terrace with friends to have a beer. I admit it, I like to go to bars.

7:00 p.m. My worst problem is self-demand, which is exhausting. I have tried to calm down, to think that the important thing is to enjoy things. I tell myself: “have more fun, play”, but I always end up setting the bar very high.


11:00 a.m. If you have to act, better not suffer. I already demand enough of myself to put more pressure on myself. All the teachers I have had have always tried to appeal to play and emotional memory. I have trained in many places, I have worked both the body and the internal experiences, and I keep everything. I've tried to go to as many classes as possible, to sing, dance, fencing... You don't have to stay with just one school. It is more enriching to integrate them all.

1:00 p.m. I'm a bit of a flirt, I try to take care of myself. I do my squats and sit-ups to give the body flexibility. And it is that at the least expected moment a 'casting' can arise.

7:00 p.m. I adore Silvia Pérez Cruz, but I am very changeable. I pass without transition from Pérez Cruz to David Guetta, whom I wear to play sports.

11:00 p.m. As a result of the quarantine, my biorhythms have changed. Since I studied at the School of Dramatic Arts I did many things at night, I slept late and watched a movie at dawn. But now I really enjoy the mornings, and that's why I get up and go to bed earlier. I have realized that it is good for me to sleep eight hours. I've worked a lot in bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants to pay the rent, like so many actors do, but I don't feel like staying up all night anymore.


6:00 p.m. During confinement I dedicated myself to painting on the loose. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to pick it up again. To disconnect I dance, I move and do whatever I want, it is truly healing.

7:00 p.m. At the age of five, when she was very little, she gave theater classes. Then I left him and it was after watching the series '7 lives' when she wanted to be an actress. I loved what I saw, I wanted to do the same. Over time, reading Tennessee Williams, Lorca Strindberg..., I went crazy, it was wonderful.

10:00 p.m. I don't watch anything on television. Of course, I am very faithful to the platforms. Since I don't have time to do things, I find it more comfortable to watch a series or a movie at home, even if it's in bits. Before, when I was learning the trade, I paid a lot of attention to how the other actors in a movie did it, which doesn't happen to me anymore. I immediately get into the plot, I dispense with observing the acting work and I have a great time.


3:30 p.m. I try to be calm and forget that the phone rings and they present me with a job offer, because in the long run it becomes distressing and generates anxiety. I try to trust; sometimes we invest a lot of energy in work and there are more things in life. Even, at a given moment, why not bet on your own project?

8:30 p.m. My desire is to get quality time. Last weekend I wanted to go to Malaga to see my family and in the end I ruled out doing it because I had to go fast and running. I preferred to postpone it, I will visit my people without stress when I have a good opportunity.

11:55 p.m. I carry so much work accumulated throughout the day that when it's time to go to bed I have no problem falling asleep.

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