Nerea Rodríguez came of age and entered the Academy of ‘Operación Triunfo’, an experience that revolutionized his life. The Javis signed her after her to star in the play ‘The Call’ and she has since combined her charts with her singles and her live performances. She has plenty of energy and love too: Nerea has been in a happy relationship for more than three years with Hektor Mass, a promising DJ who lives in Los Angeles and works in Las Vegas.
You’ve been in ‘La Llamada’ for five years. How have you changed since then?
Wow, I joined the project at the age of 19 and now I am 24. I continue with all the enthusiasm from the beginning, in that I have not changed, but the character I play (María Casado) has given me so much… She has a life motto: “We do it and we’ll see”, and I try to apply it in my day to day. Also thanks to therapy, where I have learned to relativize. I have a friend who always tells me: “Nerea, we are not surgeons, we are not operating on an open heart.” Obviously I love my job and I want to do it to the best of my ability, but I also want to enjoy myself, not obsess over the judgments of others.
Now, in addition, you are also studying acting.
The truth is that I’ve been taking courses since I was 12 years old, but ‘La Llamada’ has given me a lot. I would love to combine the two facets, music and acting. Soon I have a character in a chapter of ‘Vestidas de azul’, the new series produced by the Javis.
When are you going to release a new single?
It’s already recorded, but it will be out in September. Good things are made to wait (laughs).
If you went back to ‘Operation Triumph’, would you change anything?
Probably yes, but I don’t regret it. I entered very young and did everything I could. For starters, if I went back in I would put on makeup every day (laughs). At La Academia she was very neglected and then you realize that it is important to convey a good image. I would also have liked to experience everything with a little more security. I missed having the support of my family to manage what is lived there.
I suppose that the therapy will have helped you in that security of which you speak.
Of course. I recommend it to everyone because it gives you a great understanding of your emotions. This work is unstable, but the worst thing is that there is no formula. In the end, for example, if you are a mathematician, you know that 2+2 equals 4. In music, it doesn’t matter if you compose a good song, if the production is great… Sometimes it doesn’t work and there is no clear explanation there are no guarantees.
Perhaps that is why it is so important to do things that at least you like.
I have a friend who composes with Tik Tok in mind, with a marketing strategy. I admire him, really, but I’m not capable of doing that. I write for myself, with what I feel at all times, I don’t know how to function any other way.
And if you didn’t dedicate yourself to music, what do you think you would do?
I would dedicate myself to the production or representation of artists. Or to the organization of events and weddings. I think it would have been great.
What you like is movement. Working in the office is not for you…
I like to organize things. When we’re on tour, I’m the typical one who has prepared where to eat, where to have dinner, then I do the math… I love it.
A confessable defect.
I’m super messy and I hate it. I would love to change that about me.
And your greatest virtue?
I would tell you that I am a very good person, I do everything thinking about the good, even if it sounds strange (laughs). I try to do my best: be the best friend, the best girlfriend, the best daughter, the best singer…
And that doesn’t create a lot of self-demand for you?
Yeah! I also work with the psychologist.
Do you have hobbies?
When it comes to going on stage, none, but it makes me very angry when they talk to me when I’m watching a movie or a series. I can not stand!
You’ve been with your boy for three years. What is the strong point of your relationship?
That we love each other very much. And if you love the other person very much, don’t be lazy to work on improving the relationship. There are always problems, but you have to focus on solving it. You have to give in and communicate.
Now you are living apart.
Yes, he is currently living in Los Angeles. It is very difficult because the time difference is also very large. But hey, wanting is power and we have full confidence in each other. But I’m not going to lie to you, there are better days and worse days. The key is to be able to say ‘I miss you’, ‘I wish you were here’…
Have you ever suffered machismo in your career?
There are times when you notice interest in someone from the industry, who is a man, and you don’t know one hundred percent if he likes you as an artist or as a girl. I have never suffered anything serious, but I have had the occasional uncomfortable moment. I also think that more is required of us than men: we have to always be divine, put on an incredible show… There is still a lot of work to do.
Nerea, what would you like the future to hold for you?
If I start dreaming, I would love to do a solo tour throughout Spain, or go play in Latin America. I would also like people to see me in a series.
And personally, what do you dream of?
Well, it’s a bit ugly for me to say so, but maybe I already have everything I wanted. My dream was to buy a house and I have done it. Obviously, it’s still from the bank. I wanted to find love and be happy, and I have it. And I also wanted a dog, and here it is with me. On a personal level I have a very high level of satisfaction and that helps me to deal with the professional.
Of course, it’s not all work either…
It used to be for me, but not anymore. I think the change was a mixture of maturity and that I ‘clicked’ with the pandemic, when I became very concerned about the health of my parents. I also met my boyfriend, and that was also a before and after.
Appointment with Nerea Rodríguez in… Hotel Heritage Madrid
The production was carried out in the beautiful Hotel Heritage Madrid, which has the essential Haroma restaurant, by Mario Sandoval, with an ideal terrace to try the dishes of the prestigious chef. A kitchen that combines tradition and avant-garde. A gastronomic lesson with our own haute cuisine preparations and top quality raw materials.
Nerea Rodríguez beauty secrets
My beauty routine consists of… I try to take great care of my skin. I have good hygiene, hydration, and always sunscreen. I also moisturize my lips a lot, which is very important to me.
I take care of my diet… But neither do I deprive myself of whims. In general, I like to eat healthy things. Sport is my pending task… One of my New Year’s resolutions is always to do more sport, but I never succeed. Right now I would like to exercise more than I do.
What is never missing in my closet… I have a pretty complete wardrobe, but there is always a Biker jacket and dresses. There is also no shortage of sequins for events and tops. I like them very much and have them in every way possible.
Nerea Rodríguez with the Ten Minutes team
Text: Maria Larrocha. Photos: Fernando Roy. Photography assistant: Sara Guillen. Stylist: Maria Alvarez. Makeup and Hairdressing: Esmeralda Espada and Miriam Franco for Alberto Dugarte. Thanks: Hotel Heritage Madrid. Calle Diego de León, 43. 28006, Madrid. Telephone: 910 88 70 70.
María Larrocha is an expert in film, music, books and topics related to ecology and sustainability. And above all, she is the editor of heart news, a world in which she has been with great pride since 2004. Who does not relax reading the daily life of our celebrities? She now enjoys writing about the ‘celebrities’ in Diez Minutos, where she also tells you about the plans that you cannot miss or how to do our bit to make a better world.
Graduated in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, she began in the Culture section of La Razón, to later work on the radio, work as a proofreader at El Mundo for a few months and go to England for a year to improve her English. Back in Madrid, she landed in the magazine Qué me dices!, where she learned that you can do journalism without losing your sense of humor.