This is Karla Sofía Gascón, the Spanish actress from ‘Emilia Pérez’ awarded at Cannes 2024

This is Karla Sofía Gascón, the Spanish actress from ‘Emilia Pérez’ awarded at Cannes 2024
This is Karla Sofía Gascón, the Spanish actress from ‘Emilia Pérez’ awarded at Cannes 2024

The Spanish actress Karla Sofia Gascón has been awarded at the Cannes Festival for her work in Emilia Perez with her companions Zoe Saldaña, Selena Gomez and Adriana Paz in front of the trans musical Emilia Perez, directed by Jacques Audiard. Here you can consult the complete record.

The Competition Jury of this 77th edition of the Cannes Festival, chaired by Greta Gerwig, has decided to collectively grant the best female performance award to the actresses of Emilia Perez. Gascón was in charge of going up on stage to pick him up and thank him with an exciting speech.

Minutes later, the Spanish JA Bayona announced the Jury Prize (considered the bronze medal of the festival) also for Emilia Perez, which confirms that Audiard’s film has been one of the most loved by the Jury.

Karla Sofía Gascón in ‘Emilia Pérez’

“It is not fair to disappear without having lived my own life,” says Manitas de la Mora, the leader of a dangerous and buoyant Mexican cartel in Emilia Perez, the musical film Jacques Audiard.

Handyman wants to transform herself, she wants to be a woman, she asks a brilliant lawyer (played by) for help. Zoe Saldaña, possibly in his best interpretation so far, and in Spanish), to find him a doctor and sort out his papers. Manitas returns transformed and self-baptized Emilia Pérez. He settles in Mexico City, reunites with his family and begins a path of redemption.

In the skin of this complex, extreme character, there is Karla Sofía Gascón. Actress born in Spain, but who has found fame in Mexico in recent years, a country where she made her transition at the age of 46. That transition that has now been able to be shown on the big screen with an international project that, after her time at Cannes, launches her into the forefront of cinematography, art and activism.

“We live in a world where “The majority of the population prefers their children to be criminals rather than faggots,” he wrote to Jacques Audiard a few days before the Festival, as published by the French media. “Trans people are now the scapegoats. Before they were people of color, women, homosexuals […]. I managed to overcome the obstacles that many put in my path. I may be a bad example for some, but no one can tell me that I am not an example of improvement.”

“I want to love myself” she sings Selena Gomez in the film, a song to female freedom, to the power of women being free to choose and be. A message that resonates well with this new actress whom Audiard found after a long casting around the world. He stayed with her “because of her vulnerability,” explained the director of A prophet.

Certainly, Gascón came from a vulnerable place, he was in a vulnerable place. Born Carlos Gascón in Spain, launched into acting in the 80s and perhaps his best-known role was in the series The supermarket (1996-1999). A decade later he moved to Mexico, where he began to achieve roles in soap operas and rose to fame with his participation in We the noble (2013), one of the highest-grossing films in the country. Precisely, after that moment of professional stability she decided to take the leap and “do what she had always dreamed of since she was a child.”


The transition was not easy out there. They publicly persecuted her, She did not hide, she wrote an autobiography and continued working on television, even reaching win the popular show MasterChef in its Mexican edition, But Karla Sofía has said these days that Audiard’s call was a hope.

“I even told those who insulted me on social media to come see me at the theater. I wanted them to talk to my face, let them kill me if they wanted to. “Nobody showed up,” he declared in Télérama.

Now, the character of Emilia Pérez (and that of Manitas, because she plays both) He has saved her, he has made her shine in Cannes. Nonetheless. “Probably the hardest part was leaving the role. It took me a long time to exorcise it,” she has said. But she was worth it. No one doubts that here, let’s use the cliché, a new star has been born.

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