Actor Rossy de Palma’s Spain
Actor de Palma is not simply Spanish movie director Pedro Almodóvar's muse. She's also had a long career as an actor. She’s appeared in around 70 films in total. Seven of them directed by Almodóvar. She's currently in Scandinavia promoting the Almodóvar movie Julieta, that was filmed in various locations in Spain, including Andalucía in the south, Galicia in the north west and in Madrid.
“I love Spain. The sun, the light and the warmth of the people make it good to be here,” de Palma tells Scandinavian Traveler. “I travel around the country a lot, usually for work rather than for leisure.”
“Any particular favorites?”
“Everywhere! There are so many places worth seeing. I personally love Asturias and am a regular visitor there. I also love the Basque country with Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum.
Barcelona and Cadaqués are other places I like.
“I arrived in Madrid as a young woman and now live just outside the city, a bit closer to nature,” she says.
Madrid is like New York, she says.
“You don’t need to tell anyone who you are in Madrid. It’s liberating and means you can be yourself. Madrid is chaotic, but has plenty of positive energy. The city embraces you.”
de Palma’s parents were originally from Asturias and the Basque country but moved to Mallorca, where they still live. She returns to the Balearic island every summer.
“Life is good on Mallorca. The food is good, not just in Palma, but in the little villages. If you go to Mallorca, you must take the train from Plaça d'Espanya Station in Palma to the village of Soller. It's like traveling on the Orient Express.”
She's currently planning a walking trip round the island with her children.
“I'm a real island girl.”
Real Alcázar de Sevilla
“I recently worked on a production where we were able to enter the royal palace of Real Alcázar de Sevilla. It’s so beautiful you almost get Stendahl syndrome.
Stendahl syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations. The symptoms appear when you’re exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art.
“It’s especially beautiful when the orange trees are in blossom. The Mayor of Seville has invited me to a private viewing. That’s an invitation I'm definitely going to take up, ideally with friends.”
Spain in a day
de Palma also recommends Spain in a Day, a movie by Isabel Coixet. It’s based on social media clips of 22,000 ordinary people. The documentary is about a day in the life of people and shows Spain in everyday and party mode.
“The movie shows our Spanish DNA,” director Isabel Coixet told TV channel TV RTVE.
“It shows you the real Spain,” de Palma says. “It's a fantastic movie.”
Text: Inga Ragnhild Holst
Published: February 27, 2017