Ana Rujas and Claudia Costafreda They did not know each other before ‘the Javis’, producers Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi, joined them to develop ‘Cardo’, which has quickly become one of the series of the year.
Both have looked at La Ventana de la Tele to explain how ‘Cardo’ came about. Claudia assures that “it was not in itself a project of ‘let’s do something different’, but that the Javis contacted Ana, who had known her for a long time and wanted to do something with her, and she put her universe, which later joined with mine ”.
“We connect a lot in the truth, honesty is something very necessary because that was a premise,” adds Ana, who emphasizes that, when creating the series, “they have not put absolutely any barriers, nor any limits or any Red line, we have done what we wanted and they have not crossed out a line of the J, not a line of drugs or anything ”.
A protagonist victim of her environment
In the series of Atresplayer, Rujas plays María, a thirty-year-old from Madrid who works in a flower shop, who does not like her body, has far from normal relationships and who constantly takes drugs in order to support a life she does not like.
Costafreda understands the opinions that point out that the series “has a rebellious and vindictive spirit”, but confesses that “in no case at the time of creating did we want to theorize about anything, we put the claw that we thought we had to give it because we sensed that we had that need as creators, not so much to hit the table, that in the end if it happens, the better ”.
“María is a character who is very close to my age and experiences that I have had”, explains Rujas, “what happens is that there is a lot of darkness in her, a lot of self-abuse, and that has been the most difficult thing to sustain, to enter that character, in that aunt, in that story and really being answered with a lot of vulnerability and a lot of darkness, a lot of lack of love ”.
As he explains, the key to his character is to find that he loved himself very little: “He is the victim of a system in which we all live and it becomes evident to him with an accident.”
An unexpected welcome
The six chapters have received praise from both the public and the critics, something that for Rujas is surprising: “We did not expect such a good reception and so many criticisms, we are very happy and digesting everything a little”.
“We always wanted the 17-year-olds to see the series, but we also thought ‘they may not see it’, but they are watching it, we are receiving messages from very young people,” they explain.
But they are also getting feedback of older people, creating a generational portrait, although they assure that it was not an intention in itself, “There are people who also feel identified and are not our age or younger, in the end I think that the emotions and conflicts of this type can also have affected a lot of people ”, they say.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.