Man at His Best

Interview: Twin Peak's Ana De La Reguera attests to the genius of David Lynch

The woman from another place.

BY sarah chong | May 12, 2017 | Film & TV

All images by Erez Sabag

Fan or not, everyone knows David Lynch and his 1990 cult masterpiece Twin Peaks—which arguably changed TV forever. This year, it returns to the small screen with 18 highly anticipated episodes that take place 25 years after the events of the original series. It’s directed entirely by Lynch and airs on May 21. Esquire managed to grab Ana De La Reguera for a quick chat. A huge star in her native Mexico, she’s now making a name for herself in the US with roles in The Blacklist, Narcos and Everything, Everything, which will have a US release on May 19. She plays a mystery guest-starring role in Twin Peaks.

ESQUIRE: How did you land the role in Twin Peaks?

ANA DE LA REGUERA: I auditioned and got the part. It was that random.

ESQ: Were you a big fan of Twin Peaks before that?

ADLR: I was aware of the show, but had never watched it. I’m from Mexico so I didn’t grow up watching it, as we didn’t get American TV. I’m very familiar with David’s film work though. Before the audition, I watched Twin Peaks and I loved it! I was amazed by the quality, the cinematography and the story. I thought it was super-cool. So, I’m really happy to be a part of this.

ESQ: Could you tell me more about the role that you’re playing?

ADLR: I can’t talk about it!

ESQ: In that case, what can we expect from the series in general?

ADLR: I don’t know really, because no one knows anything. They were very, very secretive; everything was kept under wraps. I don’t know which episode I am in, or where my scenes are going to be. It could be the series’ opening scene, it could be the last. No one knows, not even the producers. Everything was under David’s control. He’s the only one who knows the whole story. I think when he pitched his idea to Showtime, they didn’t even know how many episodes were planned. The whole process has been very mysterious.

ESQ: What was working with David Lynch like? 

ADLR: It was amazing. He is the sweetest man, really smart, very intuitive, very kind. Everyone was happy to share this experience with him and work with him. It was beautiful to talk to him, to be close to him, to listen and watch his reactions, and observe how he speaks to everyone.

ESQ: Could you tell us something interesting about David Lynch that
we might not know?

ADLR: People may think he’s a little weird, but he’s very spiritual, and reads your soul. He goes with his instincts, reads you immediately and works with that. Sometimes, he’ll change a scene based on what he sees in your personality. He brings out what he knows about you, even if it is very little. When we did a take, he saw something that I did previously and made it bigger. He’s very intuitive.

ESQ: The cast is huge, about 217 actors. Why do you think that is so?

ADLR: I have no idea. I know that there are a lot of guest stars like me. I met actors during the interview, but never saw them on set. But I think it’s going to be so exciting that you’ll get something different in every episode. In a regular show, there probably might not be so many big names, but with Twin Peaks, everyone wants to work with David. I think it’s really cool that he has that luxury. Even if it involved only one scene, anyone would say yes.

ESQ: Your next TV gig will be Starz’ Power. We sense a slight trend here. Do you like acting in crime-drama series? 

ADLR: I was offered the role [in Power]. The show’s creator called me and told me that she wanted me to play the part. I was really happy that she created the role with me in mind. I did a lot of dramas back in Mexico, but I love comedy too. I get to play a very cool character in Power. She’s a very powerful woman, a real badass, so I was immediately attracted to that.

ESQ: What are some of the big differences between the TV/film industry in the US and Mexico?

ADLR: I think it’s just a matter of taste. We have great producers, talent and staff; everyone knows their jobs really well. They know how to make a film. I think we might actually be better, because we do all that with one percent of the budget that they have in the US. 

This article was first published in the print edition of Esquire Malaysia, May 2017.