These days, it’s impossible not to hear about Jaime Camil. And his fame is well-deserved, since the Mexican actor is constantly taking part in new and successful projects.
This year alone has been a whirlwind of activity for the 34-year-old artist. He starred in one of the most popular Mexican telenovelas in Latin America, La fea más bella, and recently landed the role of the voice of the main character in the Spanish-language version of Jerry Seinfeld’s latest flick, Bee Movie. Camil is currently taking his talent to the stage in the Mexico-based musical comedy, El diluvio que viene, and has already begun shooting the new Rosy Ocampo production, Las estúpidas no van al cielo, with Jacqueline Bracamontes and Valentino Lanús.
You can also take the actor home with you: The DVD of his 2005 film 7 días – which scored him 16 nominations for various movie awards in Mexico – is now available on DVD. The film from Mexican director Fernando Kalife features Camil as the son of a prominent mobster who helps out Claudio, a concert promoter who owes his dad a hefty sum of cash.
Needless to say, it’s been a busy year for the actor, but he still took some time to speak very openly with Peopleenespanol.com about the DVD, his future plans and how it feels to be labeled a Don Juan.
Tell us about your role in “7 días”…
I liked it a lot. It’s a really well-written role. Fernando Kalife created a likeable character that was hard to spoil. I mean, it was really difficult not to do a good job, because it was really well-written. It was really easy to carry out.
Of all the roles you’ve done, which is your favorite?
I really like doing light comedy like I did on La fea más bella. But I like all the roles I’ve done for one reason or another, whether it’s because it was an acting challenge or something I’d never done before.
What’s been the biggest challenge of your career?
My greatest challenge was overcoming the stigma, little by little, that two or three leading critics were supporting. They were saying that my father paid for my career. I think that was the most difficult thing I’ve had to face during my 20-year career.
You’ve been called a Don Juan. How do you feel about that label?
I think it’s funny and embarrassing that editors of certain gossip magazines focus on those things. I remember when kissing or hugging someone was a compromising photo. Now they make walking within 10 feet of someone a compromising photo. But I don’t care. It makes me laugh how some media sources lie and lie and lie in their news.
People are saying you’re with Jacqueline Bracamontes…
[That rumor] is really popular right now, and I’ve said a bunch of times that I’m not, that we’re just friends. I don’t deny romances, but I don’t go around publicizing them either. When I have a girlfriend, you’ll know it. We’re not together at the moment. [The media] ask you, and you tell them the truth, but then they publish that you lied to them, so why even ask?
But, as a public figure, people are interested in your personal life…
No, that’s not true. That’s something the press has made the public get used to. Ninety-five percent of the people on TV in the Latin market want to be famous, but they’re not artists. A famous person wants everyone to know that he’s got a bunion or he’s sleeping with 25 women at once. Then the remaining five percent of us are at a disadvantage because we have to swim against the current.
How does it feel to be named one of the sexiest men in the entertainment industry?
Well, that’s according to PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL. It’s very nice. It boosts your ego a little bit. But if you want me to be honest, the truth is that the feeling you get after doing a play and coming on stage to a standing ovation, you’ll never be able to compare that feeling of professional satisfaction with a feeling of kind of superficial flattery. I’m not trying to say that I’m not excited that a publication as prestigious as PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL pays attention to me. I love it, and I hope they keep paying attention and that I continue to be in magazines.
What are your plans for the future?
To do more movies. I’d really like to get into the Hollywood market, to make American movies. But I never want to stop doing Mexican movies, I really love them. I hope life continues to bless me with work, stability, to meet a woman, marry and have a healthy and beautiful family with children.
Check out the trailer of the film 7 días
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