'Russian Doll' was an opportunity to 'learn something new about yourself and improve,' says actor Yul Vazquez
Ever since 'Russian Doll' premiered on Netflix on February 1, it has met with rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Produced, created, directed and written by an all-female crew that consists of Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler, and Natasha Lyonne, who stars as Nadia, the series is a clever absurd comedy that will leave you wanting more.
Revolving around Nadia and Alan (Charlie Barnett), who are stuck in an infinite loop of death and rebirth, the duo tries to help each other to find out how to break the circle. Nadia is also helped by her friends Maxine (Greta Lee) and Lizzy (Rebecca Henderson) who throw her a birthday party, which also happens to be the point where she comes back to life after death.
Another character who stands by Nadia is John Reyes (played by Yul Vazquez), a real estate agent and Nadia's ex-boyfriend.
In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Vazquez talks about the similarity and differences between him and his character Reyes, how it was to work alongside Natasha Lyonne and the possibility of Season 2.
Starting off by talking about the biggest difference between him and Reyes, Vazquez said, "I suppose the biggest difference is if somebody doesn't really want to spend any time with me, I usually don't keep coming back. Whereas John, he keeps coming back. So probably the biggest difference is that I can take no for an answer."
On the similarities, Vazquez said it was hard to find any between him and his character but finally revealed, "That's hard to say, he is kind to Nadia and I'd like to think of myself as someone who has kindness. So maybe that and his sense of passion."
Nadia and Reyes share a complicated relationship in the series, and which Vazquez characterized it as a type of love and hate relationship.
Explaining more, he said, "It's just that she loves herself and he loves her. But then she hurts him and he's upset and so, you know, they kind of a go back and forth. they. It's a tumultuous relationship."
On the experience of working alongside Natasha, Vazquez said, "Natasha, she's great. She's a great person to act with because she has a lot going on. So, you know, she gives you a lot of stuff to react to so, it's actually quite good."
Working on 'Russian Doll' was a learning experience for Vazquez, who said it made him a better actor.
"All of these experiences add up. Every time you go up, you know to it's a time for you to learn something new about yourself and improve. Basically, you keep putting gasoline into the tank. You know what I mean? You keep building. You keep going you keep building the actor. It takes many years to make the complete actor."
Finally, we asked Vazquez about the possibilities of season 2. "You know. I'm not sure personally. I didn't do anything. You'd probably know something before me," he said.