Gloria Estefan Talks About Taking on the Role of Santana's Mother
Filed by Cheryl | May 21, 2012
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We have always seen Gloria Estefan as this powerful voice not only with her vocal pipes but her voice in the Latino community. She comes in a small package but she is heard loud and clear by her adoring fans. On Glee tomorrow evening will see her step up as Santana (Naya Rivera) mom Maribel Lopez and tackle the rift between Santana and her grandmother!
""I tried to play the character that since she's married to a doctor, I thought she could help put him through school and she sacrificed her career because she loved music and she wanted to be famous and sing -- but then she had Santana and dedicated her life to her," Estefan tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The back story, Estefan says, explains why Santana's grandmother is such a hard-ass -- having rejected her granddaughter after she came out as a lesbian earlier this season.
"[Maribel's mother] was a really tough cookie and probably told her, 'You've got to get a job because you have a daughter now and you can't be looking for fame or following your music,'" she says. "Maybe she squelched her dream there."
After forsaking her career, Maribel wants the best for her daughter during two key scenes in Tuesday's "Goodbye" episode, when Santana joins Rachel, Finn, Kurt, among others, when they move on from Lima, Ohio. With a scholarship to the University of Louisville on the table thanks to Sue (Jane Lynch) and Santana's girlfriend, Brittany (Heather Morris), Santana isn't totally sold on the idea and, like her mother, wants to be a star.
"Maribel thinks a relationship at that age is going to tie you down to some degree, and as a parent, you want your child to have time to blossom," Estefan says, noting she responds to her daughter's dimwitted partner in the same laughable way everyone else does. "It's tough to start that early in a relationship but you want them to feel loved and to experience that; all that is going through her head."
Estefan, who is OK with not singing during the episode, says she worked backwards to create her character who, like Santana, has that snarky, sarcastic vibe. "The apple cannot fall far from the tree," she says. "[Glee co-creator] Brad Falchuk [who penned the episode] and I were very much in sync about who Maribel Lopez was."
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