TEEN ARGENTINA MAGAZINE- MAY 1999
"CHAYANNE TIED TO HIS LOVE"
Chayanne talks about his life, his dreams, love and goals.
It´s not easy to find an artist with the sensibility and humanity of Chayanne. Succesfull and responsible in his work, with a charming and humble personality, and having a gift of conquest that makes him shine in any stage. It was precisely with this subject with which we started the interview with the handsome singer. After so many years of being artist, of being so famous and surrounded by the glamour that this career has; popularity did not go to this Puerto Rican´s head and he never was involved in any scandal. Up to now he has done everything . Perfect!, and because of that the public loves him!
"I´m a grateful man", the singer says, who is in the middle of a very intense tour that will keep him very busy during some time (Argentina, Chile, Brasil, Italy, USA, Puerto Rico, France, Germany, etc.) Now he is promoting "Atado a tu amor" his latest CD (Sony Music) a production that has different styles, infectious rhythms, maturity and domain as never seen on him before.
Name: Elmer Figueroa Arce
"I appreciate every moment I live, to be grateful is to thank God, to recognize that you have a mother, a father, friends who support and help you; to fulfil each given word, to respect everybody, to be able to express yourself, to do everything with love. That is my Bible to work in unity and love". Definitively, these last words have been keys that led him to obtain outstanding recognitions: two Grammy Award nominations, sold out concerts, platinum and gold records, appearances in important American TV Shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Regis and Kathie Lee, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the dream of every artist: to work in Hollywood.
When you speak with Chayanne times goes by very quickly.We remember his beginning that time at the Madison Square Garden, in New York, with "Los Chicos" (he was 10), a musical group that was very popular in all the Caribbean countries and in Central America. At the age of 17 he launched his first solo album, with a very particular pop romantic style, and since then his career has not stopped growing. "In that moment I realized that I wanted to be a singer that this would be my life, my world. From that moment on, the work was step by step. They have been years of preparation, study and rehearsal. I confess that I have grown little by little, but I´m achieving my goals: to be known by the whole world and to consolidate myself as a singer and actor, also in Hollywood".
Yes, Chayanne is known for working as an ant: nothing stops him when he has a project in his mind and rest seems to be an obstacle to him when he has not checked every detail. "I´m perfectionist and demanding at the same time. When I start something I finish it, and I like that everything turns out the best way", he says in a humble way, as always. Precisely, that dedication led him to Hollywood. The movie "Dance with me" where he starred along with Vanessa Williams, has opened new markets for him such as Australia, Japan, Southafrica, and India. Critics have recognized his merits as actor and dancer, discovering the movie as a "West Side Story" of the 90´s and Chayanne as the new Latin heartthrob of Hollywood".
Although that had been his big dream- to work in "the capital of movies" in his beloved Puerto Rico he acted in the movie "Linda Sara", a movie by Jacobo Morales, he was in many tv shows and soap operas such as "Pobre Juventud" and "Volver a Empezar". In this moment he is not involved in other projects but the he has been offered two movies for the end of this year. His agent, Ed Limato, manages actors such as Mel Gibson, Wynona Rider, Denzel Washington and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Chayanne deserves all that success. On stage, this artist performs an spectacle that is much more than a simple concert of songs. The characteristics that mark his personality are freshness, movement and spontaneity that he has in his concerts, and don´t forget a strong dose of sensuality and romanticism. This scenographic display is, without no doubt, related to his facet as an actor.
How has been Chayanne in these last years? How does he balance his career of singer, actor, and his role as father and husband? The answer was very quick and with a cry from the bottom of his heart , he exclaimed : Happyyyyyyyyyy!! I´m happy with all the things that are happening to me. It is true that the most difficult thing of this career is to be away from the people I love so much, to be so many hours on a plane and to be so many months away from home. But it is nice, for example, to be in Argentina with 400 girls in front of the hotel calling me, screaming my name, and acclaiming me. To be awaited at the airport and followed by a caravan of cars that in the shows people sing and dance with me those are the satisfactions and rewards that motivate me to go on and be the best I can".
"What else can I say?" I´m super happy with my family, with the way I have developed as a human being. I would not change anything that I have done nor anything of me as a person, and if I be born again, I would like to be the same I am now with the same virtues and defects".
When we talk about little Lorenzo, son of his union with the Venezuelan Marilisa Maronesse, Chayanne gets even more moved: "to be a father is such a happiness. I am learning, Lorenzo is teaching me to be a father. With him I ´m taking my first grades: Ah! and with good marks", says in a nice way, but expressing now seriously: "You don´t appreciate the love of your parents until you have children. It is very hard to have the support of your family and to get noticed of good and bad things by phone. I need my family, I would like to be every day with them; for that reason, the few moments we spend together are the best ones", he added with emotion.
We finish the interview. We say goodbye to an artist who longs for going on growing as a professsional, a man who every day makes an effortt to be a better human being, father and husband. A very special person, who has a great sensibility, sweetness, innocent eyes and noble smile. An artist who has a main goal: to leave a deep mark in the hearts of his public. Go on Chayanne the world is yours.
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