Reynaldo Arenas is one of the most prominent actors in Peru, since at 77 he has a name earned, thanks to his impeccable roles in different film, television and theatrical projects, such as
Tupac Amaru, The Lord of Sipán, Luz María, Romeo Guanaco and Julieta Vicuña, among others.
His most recent work is in the children’s television series Guau, Miau y Güi, where he plays grandfather Don Nicolás. The production began to be broadcast on YouTube, but due to its great success it can now be seen from the UCI TV channel.
The Republic spoke with the great Reynaldo Arenas, who highlighted the importance of working with children in theater training and the care they require so that they grow up with values and principles. Likewise, the actor took the opportunity to launch harsh criticism of the content that, for a long time, has been seen on Peruvian television.
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Guau, Miau y Güi is the first children’s television series recorded during the pandemic, how do you feel about the success of this work?
This miniseries was recorded during the pandemic, taking all the precautions of the case. We requested a space from the San Columbano school and a magnificent set was put together in the courtyard, taking advantage of the fact that there was no presence of the students. The author of this work is Mr. Daniel Cuadros Mozombite, who is very immersed in what is children’s theater where there are values,
because theater for children is not only entertainment, the theater imparts fraternity, detachment, solidarity, love of neighbor and friendship. It has a series of values and now I understand why people have been stuck.
Now that the miniseries has reached television, how important is it that this type of content is broadcast on these channels?
This idea is born from the theater, its origin is from popular and street theater. Then, Daniel Cuadros came up with the idea of making this television series, and trying, because he had to reinvent himself in this pandemic, since we could not stay with our arms crossed, professional actors were called in. The story is captivating and I believe that television needs this now more than ever.
The television is full of garbage that does not contribute anything. On the contrary, it incites you to violence, promiscuity, prostitution, because what we see is rude programs, double meaning. This will be a totally insensitive audience, a psychotic city, paranoid of so much violence. This (Wow, Miau and Güi) is a beginning of being able to heal the mental health of this deteriorated country. Unfortunately, they do not bet on this type of program. Daniel has knocked on countless doors and arrived at the ICU, where they have accepted him. It has already happened in Mexico and now I think in India. So how nice that a program has those pillars of education.
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What can you say to these children who want to dedicate themselves to acting?
I believe that, unlike other professions, this is a job that requires a lot of dedication and discipline. You have to sacrifice many things, especially in our country, which lacks artistic consumption, it is difficult, but not impossible.
Those children who are immersed in embracing an artistic career, do so. Peru is a melting pot of talents. What is lacking are opportunities, if only all municipalities gave classes, because culture cannot be given away either.
Just as a parent consumes a case of beer, they must pay for a class for a talented child.
It is a lie that you are going to starve, art is important, it is not a waste of time, it has been stigmatized too much. Art is important in the formation of every human being. Children should dedicate themselves to this because it is technique and study. We need the support of the state, but for the rulers, art is dangerous because it awakens consciousness.
Magdyel Ugaz said that at the age of 14 she looked for him to accept her in the theater workshop of the Engineering University
I was a theater director and Magdyel reached the age of 14. She came in and it was a discovery for her. We go out to different places to do work. Now I realize that she had a solid background as a child. I am very proud. Our flag was to do Peruvian theater and tell the needs of our country and make a call to the authorities.
Where to see Reynaldo Arenas in Guau, Miau y Güi?
Guau, Miau y Güi airs every Saturday starting at 11:00 am on UCI TV. 18.1 in open signal and on channels 516 and 30 on Claro TV. The chapters can also be viewed through YouTube.