This Friday, November 18, the long-awaited premiere of the sixth season of ‘Elite’ will arrive on Netflix, a new installment “with a lot of intensity, a lot of pain, passion, entertainment… the usual for two”. That’s how emphatically he confesses it jamie cow in dialogue with Diario As, before, at his side, Carlos Montero unveil one of the great mysteries of ‘Elite 6’: how did they choose the crime victim for this season? “We really like the character and we really like the actor. We love him very much. So you have to suffer, here the ones we love the most, suffer the most”.
And it is that crime “is part of the DNA of the series”, as they point out”. “We always ask ourselves when we start a new season if we will have it or not, to what extent we need it or not. Perhaps in some season we will surprise and we will not have crime, it may be. But in this sixth there is crime, yes”. As usual on previous occasions, a crime is shown in the first minutes of the first episode and later the way in which the characters have reached that moment is narrated, with their personal plots and an intrigue that have turned the series into one of the most viewed in the world.
Young actors or veteran actors?
Carlos Montero: Do you know what’s up? That they are so professional that you don’t notice much of the difference either. Only when a very green one enters… But it immediately sets, it immediately catches it.
jamie cow: It is quite surprising, with how young they are, and it is true that some come very green, how immediately… We are a bit of a star factory. Star factory. It is a pleasure. There have been no problems, super professionals.
CM: In fact, you can have more problems in other series with veterans who are already stars, because of their demands, because of the vices they already have.
JV: They say that the atmosphere in ‘Elite’ is very good’.
Is the change of protagonists the secret? That history does not always revolve around one.
CM: It was the key to being able to continue. When we saw that the actors already wanted to leave, and we fully understood why they wanted to leave, they began to feel older and older, more and more ridiculous in the Las Encinas uniform. So there was the bet and we said: ‘Well, we have to make the universe more important than the character.’ That we still adore the characters and that is the key to making the series work, obviously, but knowing that they have their relief. And for us the fourth was the great test to see if that could work. We saw that yes and in that we continue. In any case, we would have stayed with all the characters, with all the actors. We had missed meeting wonderful actors, but we would have continued with the ones we had, except the ones we killed, which we can no longer.
JV: Yes, the transition from the third to the fourth was the end of the iconic cycle with which it all began as well. Not only the cast, but also the mystery plot, everything. From the fourth it was to say: ‘Elite is a universe per se or we have to depend on or we depend on those who have left and such’. And it looks like we’re still alive, so…
Do you consider a reunion season?
CM: No, not for now. I think that these things are funny when 10 or 15 years pass, not before, if it’s not rare. That a character like Omar returns in the seventh is fantastic, and if he can suddenly come back another one will be great, but not a reunion in itself. They are also very difficult to write, they are very pleasing to the fans but then you tell a story there. It is very difficult to be interested. I care very little, in fact. As a fan of series that I am, of course I want to see the reunion of ‘Friends’ or something, but then I start watching it and it’s like: ‘Sure, if they don’t know what to do. It’s that they already have other lives’. What’s up? It’s that it’s very difficult.
In the sixth season you address the trans issue. Did you feel like it?
CM: Many! But we wanted to find the actress or actor who was capable of living up to our series. And with Ander we have found it. We have found a great actor (‘A light, a look…’, confirms Jaime). His character and plot has been growing because we were so in love with him.
Is ‘Elite’ a loudspeaker for issues that make certain parts of society uncomfortable?
CM: We are aware and at the same time we try not to be too aware so that it does not coerce us when writing, so that we are not fearful when addressing the issues. We want to address them as we want and it is true that sometimes this issue is amplified or we are heard. Always knowing that we are making fiction, that we do not want to set a chair, that we are talking about a specific character… And it is true that our way of approaching it is always a bit on the edge, it has that controversial or uncomfortable tone. That is in our DNA.
JV: Generating conversation is part of our entertainment.
Does criticism influence when facing a new season?
JV: I avoid them.
CM: Of course they influence, I hope they don’t influence. You try to forget them, both the good and the bad. Especially the bad ones, which are the hardest to forget. But yes, even unconsciously it is there. And sometimes it’s good that it influences, everything is learning and you can always improve. But there are appalling criticisms from which you cannot learn anything.
JV: I try to do the exercise of being honest with each other and saying, ‘Did we do the best job we could and we took it where we wanted it to go and it turned out well?’ Then the job is done.
CM: Besides, the worst of the criticisms is better than the criticisms that we internally make, that we are super tough. There are times when we re-record things, go back, rewrite… In that sense, we don’t rest on our laurels at all. We are very critical and never stop. We do parodies of the reviews to come and have generally been more critical in that parody than later when you read the review itself.
Do they hurt more when they come from colleagues like the one Paco León dedicated to you?
CM: Well, I think that Paco León’s thing is simply an outlet and he was within his rights. We didn’t give it any importance. We commented on it in an ironic key and it did not go beyond that.
Does society have the thinnest skin?
JV: A little.
CM: I think we’ve always had thin skin, that skin is thin. If not, we would wear a breastplate. things hurt. I don’t think so, it’s always been there.
JV: I think so. We tend to look for the turn of the turn when there is not so much to search for, but rather there are no more intentions than what is exposed, that there is nothing underneath. Now more than before, yes. But I’m not going to get any further.