“In the Heights” stars share what the ladies at the movie show stand for | Movies
The beauty of Upper Manhattan is on display in a hair and nail salon featured in the musical “In the Heights”.
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz and Dascha Polanco help capture the culture and values of a Latin neighborhood in Washington Heights through the women who run the popular salon.
“They provide an example of how the people in your community can be a part of your family, truly your chosen family, and that these people are deeply invested not only in seeing you succeed, but also in seeing you prosper as a person. “, Beatriz, 40 years old. , the Daily News said.
“They also provide this incredibly safe and loving space, especially for the women in this story, but really for all of the characters. … It is this amazing place to celebrate beauty of all kinds.
The lounge serves as the hub for the film premiering Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival before arriving in theaters and on HBO Max Thursday.
Adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, “In the Heights” brings back fan favorite lounge ladies Daniela, played by Rubin-Vega, and Carla, played by Beatriz, while featuring Cuca de Polanca as that new character.
The stars agree that the salon is more than a place to get a makeover.
“It symbolizes dreams,” Polanco, 38, told The News. “Small business owners. What we like to call iconic figures within our community. They are like neighborhood celebrities, legends, what can I tell you? They are there and they have everyone back.
“In the Heights” takes viewers inside the colorful living room during the animated song “No Me Diga”. But women are also portrayed outside the salon as important figures in a neighborhood where every resident strives to achieve big goals.
Daniela, Carla and Cuca launch the song and dance number “Carnaval del Barrio”, in which the characters sing reverently for their country of origin.
“It’s a celebration of life in the face of all kinds of adversity,” Rubin-Vega, 51, told The News. “This determination to be happy, and how powerful that is in itself. Yeah, it’s beautiful to see flags flying and everyone saying, ‘Oh, here I am!’ But more than that, it’s just that sense of belonging.
The musical “In the Heights” features Daniela and Carla as work partners, and the film updates their relationship to be life partners as well.
“It’s just part of the background of the movie, and it’s really vital, I think, for [LGBTQ] the audience to see themselves as part of the fabric of the film, and not necessarily that its stories are always future stories or always tragic stories or always heavy drama stories, ”said Beatriz.
The actors felt a personal connection with their characters. Beatriz, who was born in Argentina, remembers her mother befriending other clients and staff at the salon she went to after moving to the United States
Polanco remembers her visits to a local salon when she was young and loves the way “In the Heights” covers this aspect of the community.
“That’s what inspires confidence. That’s what inspires confidence, and among those three women, that’s what they give back to everyone, ”Polanco said. “In this community of Washington Heights, this is where they will free themselves, motivate themselves, express themselves, seek advice, make tough decisions, console themselves. It’s a revolving door of what I [call] uncertified therapy.
The film offers a window into the lives of many people in the neighborhood.