Norwill Fragoso: the attitude that won discrimination for being fat

The teacher and actress spoke with El Push de la Mañana, stellar edition, she also spoke with Jenniffer González, the resident commissioner, about her character in Raymond and his Friends.

The Morning Push, Star Edition – Interview with Norwill Fragoso.

Photo: Juan R. Costa / NotiCel

Norwill Paola Fragoso Mejias. That is his full name and the one that imparts some anticipation to the person you will meet.

She is tiny and at the same time huge, picoreta, student, teacher, lover of Puerto Rico, the language and acting.

He was born in Santurce, studied at the Colegio San Antonio de Río Piedras and grew up in a family made up of a mother, father and a sister he loves, but with a powerful modeling of his grandfather who, in the conversation with El Morning Push, stellar edition, She reflects with tears when referring to him as her rock, as the person who has motivated her to be vocal, to denounce what is wrong – even if they call her a communist – and to fearlessly take advantage of the privilege of having a voice.

It is a role that his family respects and fears at the same time. But she is very clear. Her voice is to be heard.

Since she was little she was a good student and would have been better, but she was more attracted to everything extracurricular, she was present, and she got into everything. It was clear that she would not follow the family tradition of being an employee of the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority. She wanted to study at the University of Puerto Rico – her grandfather has a photo of the campus’s iconic tower in the living room – and that she would be an actress.

In the process of training as a professional, he taught oratory classes. He taught for more than ten years at the Colegio Católico Notre Dame de Caguas, which provoked surprise and evoked memories in our conversation that briefly took a turn towards teaching today, towards concern for a good number of young people who show disinterest in reading, for the Spanish language, for writing and for free thought.

Now, as a professor at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, she lives that frustration with her students, whom, however, she has reading the stick.

Eight years ago, while teaching at Notre Dame, he had the opportunity to work on the show Raymond and his Friends. She went to the audition and coming out of it, she knew she was going to be called. So it was. The next day she was called from the production of Tony Mojena and in addition to her contract, she set conditions: her roles would not go to ridicule and would never go against her principles. And so it was and so it has been.

His relationship with Commissioner Jenniffer González

Even the times that controversy has been created by some parody involving Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González, she laughs, because they are very offended. Except the Commissioner. In fact, she talked about her role with the official who called her one day, told her how much her character enjoyed her and thanked her for presenting her with dignity. Norwill, an independentist, thanked her for the work she does for Puerto Rico “in a world of men and in a party that no longer has faith in.” She had to say it. And she said it.

The public discriminated against her, not the industry

His entry to television marked a great family concern. Her mother feared that her exposure would make her suffer. Norwill was clear that her weight was going to be laughed at. She was discriminated against, not by the industry, but by the public. She read it in the cruel comments on the networks but she assures that they had no impact. That was her creative leap and it is what has brought her to where she is. Her vision was that people would get used to it.

And he is with his hands full and a tight agenda. Don’t party. He is always rehearsing for a new project and today he is precisely celebrating the opening of six screenings of “Eljuego del bastard”, a parody of Netflix’s hit “Squid Games”, which has required that the formal and perfect language have to “throw yourself out on the lot”, make jokes “half under” and speak esplayao. But she loves it. She is a role and goes on stage at the Center for Fine Arts in Caguas.

At the same time, he is rehearsing for his own proposal, the monologue “La Pepa está en la Ashford”, an adaptation of the work by Juan González Bonilla that shows a resident of the Luis Lloréns Torres residential complex who decides to mingle with the people of the wealthy Condado, only to discover that what was so beautiful shared many miseries of its poverty. That piece goes on stage in October at the Braulio Castillo Theater in Bayamón.

Norwill is a kind of dynamo that comes and grabs you. When we said goodbye, we were left with the commitment to return to the school that we love so much and do a project together to spread the love of language and reading. So be it, Norwill.

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Norwill Fragoso: the attitude that won discrimination for being fat