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The Scene caught up with actress Paz Vega to talk bullfighting, flamenco and moving from Seville to Hollywood...

The Scene: Why is Seville so special to you?

Paz Vega: Seville is so special because I grew up here. All my family live here, all my friends from when I was a child: I have many, many stories here. It's my town.

TS: What do you miss most about Seville when you're living in L.A.?

PV: First of all I miss my family, I miss my friends, my neighborhood, I miss the food. People in Seville are very happy, the lifestyle here is very relaxed, you can walk everywhere; it's very easy.

TS: Can you tell us a bit about bullfighting?

PV: My father was a bullfighter. I saw him many, many times in this ring. When you are in the center of the ring you feel something magic, it's tense, you feel the danger because many bullfighters die in the ring. I first went when I was maybe six years old. It was very emotional and I felt my father was a hero, because everybody was watching him and clapping him. I loved it. Now he's retired but I still go -- it's my tradition and my culture. Bullfighters are Seville's heroes.

TS: Were you ever a flamenco dancer as a little girl?

PV: No, but my sister is a really amazing flamenco dancer and singer. We are a very typical Spanish family -- a bullfighter, an actress, a flamenco dancer and singer!

TS: How do you feel now about "Sex and Lucia"? It was quite provocative.

PV: I feel good, it was at the beginning of my career, and I remember that movie had something very strong, very natural. The director was great and the movie had an international reputation. Because it was my first big movie, even people from Japan sometimes know me because of that film.

TS: How do you think Seville influenced your career?

PV: I was born in Triana, the neighborhood on the other side of the river. That neighborhood is famous because a lot of artists -- writers, singers, actors -- were born there, so I grew up with art in my veins.

I studied drama here a long time ago and I think people here are very fun. We have a very great sense of humor and that is very important if you're an actress. I've also made a movie called "Carmen" and that character is very important here because everything in the story happens in Seville. I had the opportunity to shoot here in Seville, in my city, with my people and it was a great experience.

TS: How do people in Seville feel about your success?

PV: My family and my friends say, Paz is in Hollywood, and they are very proud. People here are very charming and warm, they always say beautiful things. It's something I can feel -- when people talk to you they say, how is Hollywood? I feel really, really good because I love Seville, I love my people, my family. We have a lot of artists, a lot of great people here, but Hollywood is so far and people enjoy that. A little piece of Seville went to Hollywood!



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