As cool as a sum­mer’s breeze

M Style - - Fashion - Text: ROSA MAR­QUÉS

Ac­tress. Madrid na­tive. Ve­gan. Clara Lago is one of the most recog­nis­able faces of Span­ish block­buster films. Next year she re­turns to the sil­ver screen with a star­ring role in ‘The Weasels’, the up­com­ing film from Ar­gen­tine Os­car win­ner Juan José Cam­panella, direc­tor of ‘The Se­cret in Their Eyes’. We in­vited her to spend the day with us at the Ho­tel Calviá Beach The Plaza.

'Wow, amaz­ing!’ she ex­claims as soon as she emerges from the Rooftop Nine lift. ‘It’s great!’ she says, as she breathes in the sea air while the breeze tou­sles her hair. ‘No won­der peo­ple don’t want to leave the ho­tel’. She’s ar­rived at night, en route from a land­locked city (in this case Madrid), and after step­ping out onto this rooftop ter­race with views over the bay of Palma de Mal­lorca and a touch of elec­tric blue from the il­lu­mi­nated pool, she’s ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a rush of pos­i­tive en­ergy—and that feel­ing will stay with Clara Lago for her en­tire 24hour stay at the ho­tel. The DJ’s am­bi­ent mu­sic adds to the pos­i­tive vibes, and in be­tween glasses of wine and bouts of con­tented laugh­ter, we take the op­por­tu­nity to talk with her.

At first glance, what do you think of the ho­tel?

It’s mod­ern, beau­ti­ful... and, well, the hang­ing pool is spec­tac­u­lar, even from be­low. What’s most im­por­tant for you when it comes to a ho­tel?

It has to have a good bed. That’s key. And a good pil­low. I also love the feel­ing of a ho­tel bed with pressed white sheets. From what I’ve seen on the way up here, this place has all of that.

Do you usu­ally make lots of plans when you travel?

I'm su­per re­laxed. I’m re­ally not a fan of sight­see­ing. To me, there’s no such thing. I’m all about do­ing what you feel like, what you fancy. I'm more in­ter­ested in peo­ple than mon­u­ments. I’d rather get to know the peo­ple than the place. Of course, there are some spec­tac­u­lar places that you have to see.

What’s one des­ti­na­tion that re­ally im­pressed you?

El Hierro, in the Ca­nary Islands. I was film­ing for a doc­u­men­tary se­ries called Atlán­ti­cas, di­rected by Guillermo Gar­cía and Pedro González, that should be com­ing out soon. I had never been be­fore. I was stunned. There are some in­cred­i­ble places, forests... it was like film­ing The Lord of the Rings. I fell in love with the place and the peo­ple.

Have you been to Palma be­fore? Well, I’ve done Psi­cobloc (or Deep Wa­ter Solo­ing: climb­ing above the sea) here in Mal­lorca. And I came about three years ago for work, to per­form in a play.

You're ve­gan. What have you tried at the Rooftop restau­rant that you liked? The de­li­cious mush­rooms and the vege­tar­ian poke.

And what do you think of ho­tel break­fasts?

I think it's in­creas­ingly im­por­tant for es­tab­lish­ments to in­clude a ve­gan op­tion be­cause of the grow­ing de­mand, and also be­cause our planet re­ally needs it.

You al­ways pack snacks in your lug­gage, right?

(Laugh­ing) I al­ways bring food, yes. Since be­com­ing ve­gan, I have to make sure there’s some­thing for me to eat. For lunch and din­ner, I know that you can al­ways get grilled veg­eta­bles, or some­thing like that, in Spain. But for break­fast, which is vi­tal for me, not all ho­tels of­fer tasty ve­gan op­tions.

And what do you think of Meliá’s com­mit­ment to re­plac­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics?

It’s great. It’s es­sen­tial. I think that ev­ery in­dus­try needs to start be­com­ing more con­scious and con­tribut­ing more, in its own way.

Go­ing into 2019, one of your dreams is com­ing true: shoot­ing with Juan José Cam­panella.

Yes. Son of the Bride is one of my favourite films, so film­ing with Cam­panella is a dream come true. The Weasels is a re­make of an Ar­gen­tine film called Yes­ter­day’s Guys Used No Ar­senic, and it’s com­ing out in May.

Where else can we see you?

Gente que viene y ¡bah! (‘Peo­ple Who Come Along and, Pff!’) is also com­ing out at the be­gin­ning of next year. It’s an­other film that has a spe­cial place in my heart. The shoot was mag­i­cal and a great ex­pe­ri­ence; su­per fun. We filmed it in Barcelona.

And you’re con­tin­u­ing your won­der­ful work with your foun­da­tion, Ocho­tum­bao.

Yes, we’re ac­tu­ally a fundrais­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion for other char­i­ties or NGOs that work with peo­ple, an­i­mals or the en­vi­ron­ment. The idea is to ex­plore dif­fer­ent ways of rais­ing funds through art and sport.

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