Actor Gabriel Coronel talks about his bad boy role in El Señor de los Cielos.

When Gabriel Coronel was approached to play the shady Venezuelan businessman, Armando Pérez Ricard, for the teleseries El Señor de los Cielos, he had to think long and hard about the repercussions to himself and his family in Venezuela. “Like they say in my country, me estaba metiendo en camisa de once varas [I was aware that I was getting into a complicated situation]. I understood that it could be dangerous for me and my family. We have a lot of friends who have died in the fight in Venezuela.” But with the help of his dad, Gabriel decided to accept the role. “I spoke to my father and we came to the conclusion that this was one way, although small, that I could do something for my country. God placed in my hands the responsibility of screaming to the world the reality of what is happening there, and I do it with great pride.”

In the fourth season of the narcoseries, Armando begins to get very busy, both personally and professionally. “He gets involved in a lot of dirty business dealings, which unleash a series of intriguing events,” says the actor. “There are also romantic conquests, which are also new for my character.”

Gabriel admits he’s having fun playing a seductive and charismatic bad boy. “The good guy role is much more in line with my personality, but, I have to admit, when I play the bad guy it’s a lot of fun and I actually enjoy it much more.”

All in all, he is happy to be part of the Emmy®-winning show and work with a stellar cast. “I see it more as a response to all the work, sacrifice and personal struggle that I have had throughout my career. It is a great opportunity and I’m incredibly happy.”


El Señor de los Cielos
Monday – Friday at 10pm/9c

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