Interview: Corina Calderon On ‘Suicide Squad’


Fans of this summer’s blockbuster hit, Suicide Squad, probably already know the name of Corina Calderon, but if not, she portrayed the character of Grace in the film. Without giving too much away (for those few who haven’t yet seen the movie), Grace plays a pivotal role in the story of El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), and her character has a lot to do with the character as seen in the film when he joins the squad of misfit villains.

Calderon spoke to about her experience working on the film, as well as what it was like working with some of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters, including Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.

Let’s talk about Grace: obviously, she wants a better life for herself with El Diablo and wants him to stay straight, as far as the law goes, especially with him being a former gangbanger. What was it like playing that dynamic with Jay Hernandez?

The way I see it is – and I really thought about the character, Grace and I thought a lot about her and who she is and her background. I feel like a woman like Grace who can stand side by side with someone like El Diablo as her man, I think she has a little bit of darkness in herself, too, and a rebellious nature like him. She has her faults, has her vices, curses and demons. So I feel like, those scenes, yeah, they were like me finding the money and the diamonds and drugs in the house, knowing he was getting into trouble. But that was Grace protecting her family, but Grace also herself has a little bit of that in her, too. I really believe that. She has to to even get with someone like El Diablo and I’m sure she must’ve found out about his curse later.

How did you get the role in the movie?

Oh, David Ayer offered it to me. I had worked with him on End of Watch.

Did you have a chance to see the rest of the cast while they were working on the movie? Margot Robbie, Jared Leto? What was that like?

I loved being on a huge set like that with what I felt were giants in this business. Having been there side by side and working on this set with them, creating this with them, it was very satisfying and rewarding. I loved it.

Knowing how much was riding on this movie, especially with how picky comic book fans are, did you feel any of that pressure when you working on set?

Not on the set. I think, afterwards, yeah, because you’re really rooting for them and rooting for David Ayer. I wanted the film to do well, so yeah, I felt it. I was rooting for them and was on their side and, of course, I didn’t want to hear people talking bad about it. The film, the hard work, what they did, so, yeah, for sure.

So Suicide Squad has now become one of the biggest films of the year: when you took a role in the movie, did you expect it to have so much success?

Yeah, I knew. From the beginning of it. I knew it was a very cool, very special project.

What’s next for you – do you have any projects coming up that you can talk about?

I do. I have a couple of things coming up. As far as talking about them, yeah, I can’t say too much about them. But I do have two films that I’m working on. One is already done and that will be out next year, mostly hitting the film festival circuit. That’s Khali the Killer with Richard Cabral from American Crime and Lethal Weapon. And then there’s another film that’s in the works right now: we’re kinda’ getting all the logistics set up for it.

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