By ALEXANDREA BAILEY
Cristian De La Fuente, known for starring in the Netflix film, “You are my Home,” and Eva Longoria’s, “Devious Minds” is appearing on screen once again in the romantic-comedy being partially filmed on South Padre Island, “Switch Up.” He tackles the lead role, Ricardo De La Cruz, a former talk show host who loses everything after a scandal and finds himself in a homeless shelter where he meets his love interest, a young widow, who introduces him to the Island and shows him the path to finding true happiness is helping others.
De La Fuente was born and raised in Chile. “I always wanted to be an actor…being from Chile, you have your limits,” De La Fuente reminisced. After moving to the United States, he was “in heaven” while working for Telemundo, an American Spanish-language television network. “It was the first time I saw a film camera,” Fuente said.
Fuente made his major motion picture debut alongside Sylvester Stallone, in the racing drama “Driven” (2001), appeared alongside Jon Bon Jovi in the vampire-hunting movie “Vampires: Los Muertos” (2002), and performed opposite John Travolta in “Basic” (2003).
“When they ask you ‘Where did you study acting?’- Acting is the only thing you never stop studying,” said Fuente, “It is a constant learning process.” He says he currently learns from the cast and production team of “Switch Up” and takes lessons from co-star Jeff Fahey every time they shoot together. “I have been blessed to have many great teachers throughout my career,” said Fuente.
Fuente had previously worked on a movie with Tara Pirnia, director of “Switch Up”. He said that during this time, they realized that they were the “same type of crazy.” After working so well together, they decided to collaborate on another film. That is when the idea of “Switch Up” was born.
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