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Andreína Álvarez: Channel I is letting me be myself completely

The entertainer joined the new season of the magazine "And what's new?"

Although Andreína Álvarez has more than 20 years of experience in television, the small screen still has a lot to offer her. The doors of Canal I opened wide for him to join "And what's new?", a magazine with which it debuted in live format.

It is the first television project he has undertaken in eight years, a period he spent outside of Venezuela. Upon her return, her new “house” made her the proposal and she, with great emotion, accepted and for two weeks she has been exuding talent from Monday to Friday.

Together with Juan Pablo Dos Santos, Rosangélica Monasterios, Roy Moreno, Adriana Pérez and Andrés Field, he brings healthy entertainment to viewers who tune in to the Boleíta channel from 10:00 in the morning until 12:00 noon.

What motivated you to join the “What's New?” team. after living outside Venezuela for a few years?

—Definitely, one of the main reasons that led me to make the decision that I wanted to return to my country is the fact of being able to rediscover my great passion, which is my profession.

Being part of this process that we are experiencing of not letting television die caught my attention a lot, because I grew up making television and I want to continue making a living from making television

I was presented with the wonderful opportunity to re-enter “What's New?” on Channel I and I never doubted it. In principle, because the receptivity with the channel was wonderful, I felt in my best moments at Radio Caracas Televisión entering a channel that is synonymous with family, where the team that works there is motivated by the great passion of making television.

I felt at home, I felt loved, I felt respected and after many years being able to return to Venezuelan television with the help of great professionals in the medium made me not doubt it for a moment.

I think it has been one of the most accurate decisions I have made in recent times and I am completely happy to return with this wonderful magazine

As the new host of the show, what are your goals for renewing the show? What changes or innovations do you plan to introduce to the magazine?

-"And what's new?" is a magazine that has been on Channel I's programming grid for more than nine years. It's easy to say, but if it has achieved this number of years it is because the program has definitely met its objectives.

Coming with this new staff of animators fills me with a lot of commitment, in principle because I have to be honest. In all these years of my career I have never had the opportunity to do a live program, not to mention that I have been away from my country for more than eight years without practicing my profession in front of the screens.

The formula is done. I believe that how we attack it, how we face this new challenge is a very individual task.

I think that Channel I was clear about the character, about the professional that they were calling for this new season. Andreína is fully satisfied with this job she is doing, a job that is growing, evolving, a great learning experience for me, but if there is something that can make a little difference, it is that Canal I and the production of the program are letting me be me. In fact, it is a mix of everything I know how to do and everything I have learned in this medium, because I am a little bit of a producer, I am a little bit of a writer, I am a little bit of a director, I am a comedian, I am an actress, I am a presenter... So, all these facets have allowed me in all these two weeks of the program to exercise a very great responsibility. And I think, because of the love I have received not only on the channel but from the public, that we are doing well with the task.

We continue learning, I continue experimenting in this world of animation in this magazine that has its basic structures laid out, but what changes is the form and I think they were very intelligent in putting me in charge of the program, accompanied by wonderful talents, youthful talents that They are not improvised, they are not parachutists, they have experience in the medium, despite their age and I believe that the formula is very rich, very productive so that day by day as entertainers we grow and offer viewers the programming they expect so much.

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Photo: courtesy Luigi Patti

You have been very clear about your sexual orientation, allowing many women to identify with you. How do you think Venezuelan television has evolved in terms of inclusion and diversity since you started in the industry with “Ají Picante” until now?

—I am so proud of my sexual orientation, I am completely happy with my way of loving, that as a woman you achieve that plenitude you carry it with so much honesty, with so much humility, with so much responsibility that I think that made it a plus, a seasoning (for call it something) perfect for my career.

Not only do I want to express my art as an artist, I also want to express it as a woman and since I fully assumed my sexual orientation, people's receptivity has been wonderful.

I haven't felt singled out at all. I believe that I have a mission as an artist and as a woman to communicate and normalize this sexual orientation that is completely valid.

I feel very loved and the fact that I can go to work with the peace of mind of not having to hide anything at all, makes me a blessed, privileged woman and if it is up to me to be able to contribute to all those women like me who have lived in silence , unhappy for not being able to fully assume their sexuality, believe me that Andreína Álvarez, the artist and woman, will be there to defend homosexuality.

—Do you think there is more representation and visibility for the LGBT community on television today?

—I think there is great progress in the visibility they are giving to the community and I applaud it, I support it. Without a doubt, there is much more inclusion, there is much more openness and television is proof of this.

Channel I, I would dare to say with great pride, gives a lot of visibility to the community directly or indirectly and I think that that is adding and that is why I am going to support them 100%.

—What does Andreína Álvarez consider to be the biggest challenges for inclusion on Venezuelan television? And what are the opportunities you see to continue advancing in this aspect?

—The inclusion of our community on Venezuelan television definitely has to be normalized.

You don't have to be so literal when it comes to bringing the topic of homosexuality to the screen. I believe that it should be treated like any other issue, what we should allow is that any person of any sexual orientation has the right to practice the art of it and that will always be my calling.

A person must work for their qualities, for their talent, for their principles and not for their way of loving and in that sense I feel that Venezuelan television is giving more openness to the talent of the community and welcomes all those people who love each other. join to normalize the orientation, but above all that they want to join to enhance Venezuelan talent within our screens.

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Photo: courtesy Luigi Patti

—Let's talk about your first years in the industry. What do you remember from your time at “Ají Picante”? How has that experience influenced your career and your current approach as a presenter?

“Hot pepper” is my everything. I consider that our profession is a trade and I believe that I did not have a better artistic university than Radio Caracas Televisión, not only because it allowed us to train as artists at the channel's school, but also “Ajípicaca” was a program that allowed me to learn and put into practice to this day what I know about making television.

It was a wonderful project that allowed us as recreators at the time (nowadays I can fully say that we are animators or presenters but at the time we were reenactors) very well guided by professionals in the field who allowed us to learn in every way. .

“Ají Picante” was a great school that not only taught us how to animate, it taught us how to produce, it taught us how to write, it taught us how to edit… because although it was a low-budget program, I bless that budget it had because we had to carry responsibilities that made us grow and evolve in a short and medium time.

I will forever be the “Chupetera de Venezuela” and I will always proudly carry that program that gave me the opportunity to reach all Venezuelan homes, but above all it gave me the opportunity to be able to say that I am part of the Venezuelan talent that He proudly accepts that he was part of the great family of Radio Caracas Televisión.

—What expectations do you have for the audience of “What's New?”? What type of content does Andreína Álvarez hope to offer you?

The greatest expectations are the ones I have with “So what's new?” In principle, I hope the program reaches Venezuelan places, that it is what they are waiting for at home.

It is a magazine that allows you to play with the versatility of its content with its variety. I love it because in a single program we have a combo, like all the magazines manage, but it is up to the production team to do the task and we as animators also do a productive task. When these two forces come together, a good result is achieved.

It has only been two wonderful weeks in which we have had a super varied program and I have been able to enjoy in that house called “And what's new?” of great learnings. We are educating, we are recreating, we are informing in a close way, which I believe is one of the most positive things that this magazine can have.

We are close and I love that. We are not stereotypes, we are as similar as that person who is seeing us through the screen.

People enjoy all these segments that are handled in the magazine: cooking, health, fashion, entertainment, interviews, street reports that bring us even closer and humanize us with ordinary Venezuelans. So, as long as those factors are on track and are working, there will be “What's new?” for a while.

—As a public figure, you have a platform to convey important messages. Is there anything you want to say to the viewers and followers of the show?

I would like to tell the entire audience on my social networks and, above all, the viewers of “And What's New?”, to believe in the format, to continue believing in television, to not let it die, to support , that it is wonderful all this sum of digital platforms that exist, that you have the option to choose, but that within that choice our television is always the protagonist, in principle because it is magic, because we are a reference worldwide.

Over the years we have experienced a roller coaster of emotions through Venezuelan television, we have experienced serious moments, we want to continue getting up and I believe that “And what's new?” It is a way of showing that the worker wants to continue doing what he is passionate about, that he does not want to go off on a tangent and look for a living at home through jobs or work that do not fulfill him, but quite the opposite, that work always It has to be linked to passion.

“What's new” is that, it's family, it's energy, it's art and we are there to bring you excellent programming. That's my best advice: don't let television die, applaud it for its errors and its virtues.

Television is like a human being that goes through different stages, that goes through different emotions, but in the end we will always wait for the best result.

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