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By Suzanne

Interview with Rosie Perez of "Lies in Plain Sight" on Lifetime Movie Network airing 10/3/10

Lifetime Movie Network sent me a copy of the upcoming film "Lies in Plain Sight" and then I got to speak briefly with one of the stars, Rosie Perez. Most of us who are over 35 remember that she was in many great movies as well as being the choreographer for the Fly Girls in "In Living Color" about 20 years ago.  Her first big screen movie was Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", which I saw in the theater when it first came out. She is a really good actress, of course, and attractive, and is known for her very thick accent.

In this movie, Rosie plays the mother of a girl who has committed suicide.  The star of the movie is Sofia (played by Martha Higareda), a blind girl who was best friends with Eva, the dead girl. She comes home from college and starts figuring out that Eva lied to her for many years. At first she is angry, until she discovers the real truth that Eva hid from everyone. It is based on an Israeli movie.  Eva's mother plays a pivotal role in the story, especially the ending.  Rosie's performance was outstanding, as was Higareda's.

There were only about 4 or 5 of us on this conference call. The first reporter was from a Latino newspaper, so she asked her about how the industry has changed for Latinas and about being a role model. I did not get a transcript for this call, so I will just tell you that Rosie believes that things have changed in Hollywood for the better since she started out, and she likes how actresses like Sofía Vergara (of the TV show "Modern Family") don't shy away from showing their accents. She is very flattered that anyone would consider her a role model.

I had read about her accident on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit last year, and how she had to have a ton of surgery and was in a wheelchair, so I asked her how she was doing and whether she was feeling better. She says she is much better but it's still a struggle, a slow process of healing and recovery.  She was annoyed that she could not do this John Guare play at Lincoln Center but realizes that focusing on her health is more important than doing work. I assumed that the movie was done before the accident, but she corrected that the movie was done after the accident, which surprised me. You certainly could not tell by watching her in the film. She said it was difficult and she would have had a lot more trouble if they had not had to give her lots of cortizone shots. She mentioned that she was bloated in the movie from the shots, but she did not look bloated at all to me, which I told her.

I asked her what drew to this movie, and she said that it was the subject matter of abuse. She confessed that she didn't see the original movie, but what she liked about it was how it had such a display of grief and shock, but not in a melodramatic way that can be typical of movies or TV. She lost her father, so she was able to draw on that grief and knowledge in her portrayal.  She mentioned that the grief in the movie had a more human level, where you can't scream. She knew the director would allow her to express that type of muted grief.

Another person asked her about the similarities between herself and her character. It was clear that she hadn't really thought of that before, and her immediate response was "not too much".  After some pondering, she said that both she and her character do not care how they look when they are at home. The character was dealing with grief, so Rosie did not wear any makeup, and in fact they asked her if she would mind doing that, to take that risk to look bad on screen (as if she could!).  She is that way in her real life, at home - no makeup and wears whatever is comfortable. She added with a laugh that when she goes out her door, though, she is a true Puerto Rican and must have her makeup and hair done up!

She was also asked what lessons viewers could take from the movie. She suggested viewers look for the signs of abuse in their family, get the knowledge about what those signs are, and allow the children the freedom and opportunity to tell what has happened, as well as protect them.  This led to discussion of her activism, including a group she sponsors that deals with children and their artistic side. She spoke at length about her background and how it inspired her to be an activist, particularly when it comes to inner city children. Her motto, which she tells children, is "You gotta push through your fears and step into your greatness".

The last question she was asked was about what she thinks of today's dancing, especially on shows like Dancing with the Stars. She said that she likes that show, that it has horrid costumes but great choreography. She mentioned long-time friends that work on the show. She did admit that her favorite show like that was "So You Think You Can Dance?". She said they have some choreography that's really bad, but mostly it is outstanding.  She loves when they have guest dancers and choreographers on the show.

I hope you enjoy the Lifetime Movie Network's production! It is worth seeing. The acting and the emotional revelations in the script are great, and it is difficult but important subject matter.

ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINATED ACTRESS ROSIE PEREZ

TO STAR IN LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK’S

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 8, 2010) – Academy Award®-nominated actress Rosie Perez (Fearless, Do the Right Thing, Pineapple Express), ALMA Award winner Benito Martinez (The Shield, Saving Grace), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Christoph Sanders (Ghost Whisperer), Martha Higareda (Street Kings) and Yul Vásquez (The A-Team) star in the Lifetime Movie Network Original Movie, Lies in Plain Sight.  The film will premiere Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, on Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime’s sister network.

Lies in Plain Sight tells the story of Eva and her blind cousin Sofia (Higareda), who were inseparable as children, with Eva the loyal companion who helped Sofia through her tough adolescent years.  When Eva suddenly commits suicide, Sofia rushes home to her father Hector (Martinez) and Eva’s parents Marisol (Perez) and Rafael (Vásquez) to find answers.  But as she delves into Eva’s life, questioning her past boyfriends Ethan (Murray) and Christian (Sanders), the more Sofia realizes that their childhood was actually filled with dark disturbing secrets. 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Lies in Plain Sight is produced by The Konigsberg Company and Fish/Corb Films S.L. for Lifetime Movie Network.   Frank Konigsberg (The Last Don, Deep in My Heart), Yan Fisher-Romanovsky (Pathology) and Roger Corbi (Ben Hur) executive produce.  Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves) directs the script by Teena Booth (Amish Grace).  The original movie is based on the acclaimed Israeli feature film Out of Sight

ABOUT LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK

Lifetime Movie Network is the sister network of Lifetime Television. On the heels of having its highest-rated and most watched year ever in 2009, the first quarter of 2010 was Lifetime Movie Network’s most watched quarter in its 12 year history among Women 18-49, Women 25-54, Women 18-34, Women 18+, Adults 18-49,

Adults 25-54, Adults 18-34, Total Viewers  and Households.  Recently, Lifetime Movie Network reached more than 78 million U.S. subscribers, making it the industry’s fastest growing channel.*  Lifetime Television®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ (which includes myLifetime.com, Lifetime Games, Roiworld.com, DressUpChallenge.com, MothersClick.com and LifetimeMoms.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC.  A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

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