发信人: Ryo_Saeba (阿獠)，原信区: ustcbbs
标 题: "Queen of Swords"
发信站: 中国科大BBS站 (Sat, 07 Oct 2000 18:35:05)，站内信件
"Queen of Swords" is a new weekly action-hour series
featuring a sword-wielding Spanish heroine.
Newcomer Tessie Santiago stars in this series set in
19th century California as Tessa Alvarado, who masquerades
as the avenging Queen of Swords. Tessa, a beautiful
young Spanish aristocrat, returns to her California
birthplace after the death of her father to find the
country in the hands of a military governor who abuses
his power, taxing his subjects to the point of starvation.
Tessa's idealism is almost destroyed until her dreams reveal
her destiny. She will take up arms to avenge her father's
death, to protect the weak and punish the unjust - all behind
the mask of the Queen of Swords.
Aided by her long-time servant and confidante, Marta, Tessa
leads three separate existences. She is Tessa, a young woman
who longs for love and normalcy. She's the Queen of Swords,
a disguised warrior seeking justice in an unjust world. And
lastly, she's Maria Teresa Alvarado, a privileged aristocrat
whose pettiness and snobbery hide Tessa's identity as the
masked crusader. Her prime enemy is the deadly tryant Colonel
Luis Montoya who is dedicated to his quest for wealth and power,
and his mercenary, Grisham.
Guest stars will include Bo Derek, Daisy Fuentes, and Cristian
de la Fuente. Tessie Santiago is a Miami-born Cuban-American who
grew up in a tightly knit family of artists, including a sculptor
grandfather, musician father and painter mother.
Santiago has immersed herself in creative endeavors from piano
playing at age 7, to performing in musicals, to studying Shakespeare
in London. At the University of Miami, she starred in the independent
film, "Echo," and acted in many student films. Her life literally
changed with the casting as the Queen of Swords. Santiago recently
sat down to discuss her new life and her role as Tessa and the Queen
You've been praised up and down for your work on "Queen of Swords.
" Are you feeling any pressure?
Yes, of course I am. It's a lot of pressure because this is new to me,
but it's also very exciting. My life changed from one day to the next.
I had a very simple life in Miami. I studied for four years at the
University of Miami, and it has always been my passion to act. But I
didn't think it would happen this fast. My life was turned around, but
I'm still very normal. I go home to Miami and have my 80-year-old
grandparents that I have to answer to, and they keep me humble. It's
great. I'm just taking it one day at a time.
: This show makes use of the tiny mask to disguise your identity. Do you
feel differently once you've put that mask? Do you become that character?
Yes. It's amazing. There are many different levels to my character. I
thought it would be easiest to play Tessie - a real person. But it's
easier for me to be the Queen, to just throw on the mask. I'm so much
more confident. Just play the strong woman and fight and outwit all of
these men. It's great fun.
Do you have any prior experience with swords yourself? Any fencing
Prior to this, I had no experience fencing or with the whip. I hadn't even
ridden a horse in my life. But I did go through some rigorous training in
L.A. for two months. I trained with Anthony DeLongis, a sword master. I
also trained with Billy Blanks who taught me how to fight. I was very
prepared for this part.
Are these swords specially designed? Are they a little lighter than they
They're going to be lighter very soon. [laughter] They are very heavy and
after two or three takes it is exhausting in the heat. Again, I was well
trained for this part, so I was ready to do this.
Which one of those things that you were not used to before -- the dancing,
the whip or the horseback riding -- are you becoming comfortable with,
and which things would you like to tell the director, "Why don't you have
my stunt double do that?"
Actually, I'm strangely comfortable with everything. And I do dance a bit.
I'm Cuban, so I was born into this culture where I learned how to dance
salsa when I was six years old. Even fencing is like dancing. I think the
hardest thing to master was the whip just because one day you have it and
the next day you don't, and you have to be so patient. Everyday I learn
more. The horse was also a challenge for me because I found it was very
intimidating. Now I'm really comfortable on my horse. I love my horse.
What is your horse's name?
Chico. He's strange. You give him an apple and he's happy. He follows me
everywhere I go. He's great.
Had you ever been outside of Florida before filming in Spain?
Yes I studied Shakespeare in London, and I also studied film in Prague. I
also backpacked through Europe.
What do you feel about being a role model for Latinas?
I'm really proud of this part I'm playing. I never thought that this would
happen so quickly for me, and I certainly never thought that I would land
a part like this. I'm playing not only a strong woman, a strong, intelligent
woman, but a strong Latina intelligent woman. That's really important to me
because the stereotypes are out there. I can't deny it. I always thought
that being a woman and being Latin were two things that were going against
me in this business, and they actually worked for me this time. I'm really
proud of that, and I'm especially proud when I see these little girls on
set who look up to me and want to learn how to fence. It brings me a lot
What about roles to play, or roles that you admired?
I think Xena's pretty cool. I like her. Anything that involves just being
a strong woman and just getting away from the stereotypes. Anything like
this role [Queen of Swords]. I'm really proud of this role.
You listed your favorite authors as Henry Miller and Ana?s Nin. What is it
that appeals to you about them? That's a sensual group.
It is a sensual group. They write freely, there's no society in their life.
It's beautiful. I'm just attracted to the way they write just because,
they're not afraid to say how they feel. They say what's going on in here
[points to her heart].
Lastly, "Zorro" leaves a "Z" behind. What do you leave?
What do I leave? I leave a tarot card. The Queen of Swords card.
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