From his early adolescence he starred in the amateur shorts made by Fede Álvarez and Rodolfo Sayagués, the most important Uruguayans in Hollywood.
An old video shows some students filming a short film in the church of Punta Carretas. The one behind the camera is Federico Álvarez, today the director of No Breathes I and La Chica en la Telaraña. Rodolfo Sáyagues is wearing a light blue shirt, today the director of No Breathes II, and who is in front of the camera is the actor Chistian Zagía, who had roles in the three films of the great Hollywood industry.
Some things have changed, Zagía told Telemundo, but the essence is the same: they are playing. The change, he said, is formal. “Essentially it is basically the same experience,” he added.
His mother had a hairdresser, which then made a great contribution to the production of adolescents. “We were kids, 13 or 14 years old, with a video camera locked up all weekend like freaks. And our concerned parents thought, ‘This is not going well.’
Back then they were already fantasizing about Hollywood and glamorous premieres. Zagía told Telemundo that he had a red carpet at his house and the premieres were on his birthday. “And there we were, those of us who had participated in the feat. Fede, me, waiting for the whole family to applaud us, “he said.
For his role in No Breathes II, Zagía signed a contract that required him to achieve athletic physical fitness to play Raúl, one of the criminals.
When he offered him the role, his friend said: “The only thing I’m going to tell you is to put a poster of Brad Pitt in Fight Club on top of your bed and watch it every day, because you have to stay like that” .
His participation in the films was expanded from a small role in No Breathe I, another in a scene from La Chica de la Cobweb and now a character with more weight in No Breathe II.
“I felt it as an evolution of adapting to an industry that, while we all think we know it, it’s weird when you get into it and start discovering things. One thing is that they tell you, another thing is to see it on the news and another thing is to be here, “he said.
In Montevideo Zagía is a choreographer of action scenes, teacher, actor and theater director. He directed and starred in Luz Negra, a romantic comedy that he would like to take to the movies in Uruguay.
The time when with his friends they walked with the portable camera everywhere, he remembers it with great affection: “It is very gratifying to know that you are still tied in some way to that kid who liked the idea of thinking that he was reaching Hollywood or I was serious about making movies when I had a video camera and didn’t know how to light ”.
In fact, he confessed that at that time he was the one who directed, while Fede Álvarez acted. “Then life put things in their place, for the good of all,” he said.