Rachel Zegler noticed the primary lower of “West Side Story” in September 2021, together with co-stars Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez and Mike Faist. When director Steven Spielberg stunned them by exhibiting up on the finish of the credit, he was met with tears and gratitude.
The newest episode of Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast options 20-year-old Zegler, whose profession is taking off. The rising star discusses white Latina privilege, the Oscar buzz that she’s been receiving for her efficiency and her upcoming roles within the superhero sequel “Shazam 2” and Disney’s dwell motion model of “Snow White.” Listen under!
Discovered by Steven Spielberg out of 30,000 hopefuls, Zegler received the coveted position of Maria within the remake of the 1961 Oscar-winning finest image. In this new model, Zegler and Elgort play Maria and Tony, whose ill-fated romance flags the fires of the bitter rivalry between native road gangs the Sharks and the Jets. The solid additionally contains DeBose as Anita, Alvarez as Bernardo and Faist as Riff. Rita Moreno, who received the Oscar for her efficiency as Anita within the 1961 movie adaptation of the musical, seems within the remake in a brand new position and served as an govt producer. The remake was written by Tony Kushner and marks Spielberg’s first feature-length musical.
Zegler is inarguably the largest breakout star of the yr, not simply in what she showcases in her iconic duets (like “Tonight” and “One Hand, One Heart”) but additionally in her infectious possession of the digital camera, finest displayed within the lighter “I Feel Pretty,” which shows her performing vary. If nominated for finest actress, she could be the youngest Latina nominee in historical past. She would additionally be a part of the few actresses which have landed noms for his or her debut roles, together with Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) and Yalitiza Aparicio (“Roma”).
“West Side Story” is distributed by twentieth Century Studios and is presently in theaters.
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