Actress and singer Jennifer Peña couldn’t look happier when she talked to Peopleenspanol.com about her pregnancy, her plans to marry Obie Bermúdez, the success of her latest album and the inclusion of her second film project, Amexicano, in the Tribeca Film Festival.
You have much to celebrate…
Wow! I feel blessed for having the chance to have so much and to make many of my dreams come true. Writing the songs for Dicen que el Tiempo, and Obie giving me a sense of security and support in that project is wonderful. Now, we are very excited with the public’s support, and we’re already on our way to a gold record, can you imagine?
Does having so much in common nurture a relationship between artists?
Of course. I learn so much from him, about love and life. I feel comfortable in a recording studio, but having the one you love there, on the other side of that little window, singing romantic songs to you while you’re taping is wonderful.
How would you describe the day Obie gave you an engagement ring?
It was a special, beautiful, unforgettable day, as I suppose it ought to be for every woman.
Have you set the date, planned anything?
Yes, we have the date and the place too. We’re planning the other details. We don’t want to say anything beyond that, because there can be last-minute changes.
Will it be soon? At a church?
Yes, but I can only tell you that it will be the way I always dreamt it would be, a very private, small wedding, with our families.
Now that you’re expecting, do you want a boy or a girl?
I don’t care whether it’s a boy or a girl; it’s a blessing. The most important thing is for it to be healthy. I do think, though (laughs), that it will love music.
Will you go on tour as long as you can during the pregnancy?
You know what? I’m not sure what will the future will bring. I’m really taking it easy, one day at a time, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I know great things are happening to me right now.
Among them, the premiere of your film “Amexicano”…
That’s right. For me, it was a great experience as an actress. I learned through my character, Gabriela, about the hard lives of some immigrants in this country, something I didn’t know about. After finding out how much some people suffer, I thank God for what I have and I believe that the future will bring us more blessings. I’m waiting for this with open arms.