‘Father of the Bride’ star Diego Boneta recalls taking guitar lessons with Tom Cruise – Variety | Start Classified

Diego Boneta was 15 when he was about to star in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. “They auditioned in Mexico City,” the Father of the Bride actor tells me on this week’s episode of Just for diversityPodcast. “They flew me over to LA for testing. It was my first feature film audition and my first audition, period! … It was between me and Ben Barnes.”

Barnes got the part, but the experience inspired Boneta, who grew up in Mexico City, to move to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood career: “I’ve been trying to get auditions for Mexican films for years and they wouldn’t see me ‘Cause they’re like, ‘No, you don’t look Mexican enough.’”

Boneta first caused a sensation in 2012 with the opposite leading role Tom cruise, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Hough in the director Adam Shankman‘s musical romance “Rock of Ages”. “Tom took me under his wing,” he recalls. “We took guitar lessons together… so we did jam sessions together. In these sessions, Tom talked a lot about working with and with Paul Newman Dustin Hoffman and what he learned from them.”

Boneta went on to appear in Scream Queens and Terminator: Dark Fate, as well as the title role in Telemundo’s Luis Miguel: The Series. His production company, Three Amigos, signed an overall deal with Prime Video in April.

Boneta also hopes to make it to Broadway. He almost starred in a revival of Evita about three years ago, but his schedule didn’t allow for it. “It’s definitely on my bucket list,” he says. “What Hugh Jackman makes – how he goes back and forth – that’s my dream.”

“Father of the Bride” was a smash hit for HBO Max. Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan Star as a couple on the verge of divorce, whose lawyer’s daughter (Adria Arjona) announces that she and her boyfriend (Boneta) are getting married and moving to Mexico to work for a nonprofit organization. The cast is rounded off Isabela Mercedes and Chloe Feinman. The streamer reports that the film garnered the largest audience of any film to stream exclusively on the platform.

‘It was Gaz Alasraki, our amazing director, who called me and said, ‘Diego, I’m directing the remake of Father of the Bride.’” First. I was a bit skeptical because it’s such a classic film, from the Spencer Tracy version to the Steve Martin version,” says Boneta. “And then I read the script and realized that even though it’s a remake, it’s a completely different film. There is a divorce going on with Gloria’s character and Andy’s role, which is a big difference from the other films. I didn’t want to be in a remake of ‘Oh, it’s the same movie, but it’s a Latin remake’.”

Boneta first met Estefan when she was part of the table reading of “Rock of Ages”. “She became like my godmother,” he says. Working with her on the film was everything and more. “She’s so humble and so down-to-earth and disciplined,” enthuses Boneta. “She was willing to get her hands dirty to do whatever it took to get the role. It was really amazing to watch. She would never complain about anything. Call times were 4am every day and she was the first on set. She is a force to be reckoned with.”

You can hear the full interview with Boneta above. There you will also find “Only for diversity” wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.


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Maya Rudolph at the premiere of Apple TV+’s “Loot” at the DGA on June 15 in Los Angeles.
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In the new “Loot” of Apple TV+ Maya Rudolph stars as Molly Novak, the wife of a billionaire tech mogul (Adam Scott) who finds out he’s having an affair. Scenes at the couple’s home were filmed at the 105,000-square-foot The One, a Bel Air estate believed to be the largest modern home in the United States (it sold for $126 million in March). “When I saw the indoor pool, I was like, ‘Oh wow, that pool is beautiful,'” Rudolph told me at the show’s premiere at the DGA in West Hollywood. “But then they said, ‘There are six other pools.’ There is a moat and a nightclub. And any house that has a candy room is definitely overkill.”

While Melinda Gates‘ generous donations to charity after her split from Bill Gates When you watch Loot, it comes to mind that Molly isn’t based on one person, says Rudolph. “As this show was being developed, this show started writing itself,” she said. “It’s been really interesting to see how real life reflects some things that are going on, but great for us and really fun because you can take elements from what’s going on in the real world and then try to to make them your own. It’s great for dialogue and conversations about money and power and divorce and middle age.”

However, Rudolph said she’d love to see Melinda Gates on the show if she’s picked up for a second season: “She’s pretty cool.”

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Joel Kim Booster at the Loot premiere.

I also caught up on that at the “Loot” premiere Joel Kim Boosterwho plays Molly’s assistant. Booster has been flying high since the release of his queer rom-com Fire Island. He revealed an unexpected development since the film premiered on Hulu this month. “I’ve been approached by some of my favorite porn stars and that’s been great,” Booster said with a smile. “We’ve gone back and achieved more.” he named Sharok As an adult entertainer, he was the most excited to hear from him.

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Now that Nick Jonas and Shakira are judges on NBC’s “Dancing With Myself,” don’t be surprised if the music superstars head into the recording studio together. “I hope it happens soon,” Jonas tells me. “I’m a huge fan of their music, as are so many others. I would like to work with her.”

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Orville Pack performs at Tom of Finland’s Tom’s Bar at the Avalon on June 20 in Hollywood.
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congratulations to Orville Peck. The singer-songwriter – and one of this year’s diversity Power of Pride Award Winners – received the Tom of Finland Foundation Cultural Icon Award on June 19 at Tom’s Bar leather and fetish party in Hollywood. “It’s a very special recognition for me because I think it’s very important these days that art is subversive,” Peck told the crowd, which included the crowd Dita von TeeseShe added, “A night like tonight shows us that as queer people, we still have a space that’s ours.” Past recipients of the icon award include John water and Henry Rollins.

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