We interview the protagonists of the successful medical fiction, which has just premiered its season 3 on Amazon Prime Video.
It was one of the great revelation series of the pandemic in 2020 and the stories of a group of mothers with children admitted to the Los Arcos Pediatric Hospital stole our hearts. Developed by
P. How have you faced this season full of absences? Were you clear that your characters continued in season 3 or were there doubts?
Belén Rueda: Mothers It has always been raised from the beginning to revolve around characters who enter into a conflict that, in theory, could be solved in one season. It is true that this season I no longer have my daughter, so I thought: ‘My God, if my daughter is gone, now what do I do in the hospital?’ But I think they have found a very beautiful solution for Marián, which is the fact that all the experience she has accumulated in these two seasons and the experiences with her daughter have served her to carry out a volunteer service in which she helps other adolescents . Something that you already have experience with.
Aida Folch: In Olivia’s case, apart from staying for the fact of being a doctor, I think it was necessary to tell her adventures with motherhood. It was something that this season could not miss. We’ve missed some characters, but it’s a very flexible series. New ones can enter because new patients are entering the hospital and there are also the parents of the patients. You can stretch whatever. There are some central characters that the viewer has become more fond of, as is our case, and who still had a journey and things yet to be told.
Olivia’s most important conflict in season 3 is going to be the reconciliation. She does not have an entourage that can help her, because she is a single and new mother. And he also loves his job, which is totally vocational and wants to be in everything. Let’s see how she is being a mother. Which is more human, but is more burdened.
Q. What is the new plot that has caught you the most in season 3 and what have you missed the most?
Aida Folch: I have loved being able to explore Olivia’s non-medical life. Home life, being able to see her at home, in her pajamas, giving baby food. And being with his sister Juani, who are day and night. It is a very fun dynamic to see how two very different people live together.
But I have also missed Simón (Aláin Hernández), because he is a character who always dismounted Olivia and gave her a lot of play. There was a lot of chemistry.
Belén Rueda: In this new season, although my character is very aware of a teenager in whom he turns, what I have loved is that Esther Ortega and I have discovered each other as actresses and as people. We have had some very interesting plots. Her character, Angela, has lost custody of her son because of alcoholism and Marián insists on getting her out of there. And they get into some aubergines! Mothers It is quite calm in terms of action, but season 3 has allowed us to do some action sequences that we ourselves are not aware of how we have come to do them.
P. The plots of ‘Mothers. Love and life ‘are very real. How do these stories come to you and what do you bring to those stories?
Aida Folch. It seems very interesting to me every time I get a script and I read where the plots are going to go, because there are a lot of themes that I don’t know as a person. And that makes you inform yourself and that, through the plots, as happens to the viewer, you can get to the crux of the matter. I, for example, did not know anything about obstetric violence and through Hiba Abouk’s plot, which is very interesting, I have been asking people around me and I have found that people my age who have just had children may not has had a good experience in the hospital. Or that they have decided after that bad experience to give birth in a different way and do it naturally at home … It is a subject that gives a lot of play.
Above all, what I like the most is that we try to make a portrait of what happens without judging it and what we teach in the plot of Hiba Abouk is that the delivery would not have been as she would have wanted and that she does not feel that she had it consider. It is something that is also the order of the day and it is good to tell about it.
Belén Rueda. In the second season Marián goes through fibromyalgia and I had heard about this disease but not deeply. Then I asked to know more about where that plot came from and it turns out that there was an acquaintance, a friend, who had gone through it, so I asked to speak with her. Although it was a bit delicate, because you get into someone’s intimate life, then you realize that people are very generous when they go through certain situations. That helps. I once played a character who was an alcoholic and met several times with a group of women in Alcoholics Anonymous. Those meetings have helped me a lot now also with the character of Angela, because alcoholism is a disease. As Aida says, Mothers allows you to know realities.
Q. How does your body stay after filming plots as tough as those posed in ‘Mothers. Love and life’?
Belén Rueda: They are not heartbreaking stories and, in fact, I think they have nailed the title of the series. Mothers Love and life. It has a point of hope. When we see the series we are not only seeing misfortunes, but we are seeing difficult situations. But in the end they become everyday situations that also give rise to moments of humor, that teach you and remind you that in life even in the worst situations you can get good times and wonderful people. And that you can also get a life experience that can serve you in the future to solve that same situation a little better.
It is also true that we have a wonderful team with whom we have made pineapple, a group of wonderful directors and that we get into this for as long as we have to, but your day to day is different. There are actors who say that he takes things home, but I have my family and I have to put it aside, in the folder.
Season 3 of Mothers Love and life is now available on Amazon Prime Video.