Maria Conchita Alonso has played over-the-top before, but never to the degree she does in the new film I Killed My Husband. Add in a retro-themed disco song to the mix and it was the perfect pairing for a dark comedy about a woman who suddenly finds herself dealing with the death of her husband and being the prime suspect.
“When I read the script I immediately thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to make this film,’ which for an actor it was a delicious part,” the Venezuelan singer/songwriter tells Billboard. “My character is so crazy, addicted to pills, alcohol and not normal and when she doesn’t receive the love she wants she becomes crazier.”
The Spanish-language film, written and directed by Francisco Lupini Basagoiti, was a challenge to make, Alonso says, because the scenes were 4 to 5 pages in length, but having the director’s support to improvise made all the difference. “The trick is to feel and love what you are doing and saying,” Alonso says. “If you believe what’s coming out of your mouth you will never be overacting.”
Alonso says the film’s title song, “Enough!,” reminds her of classic songs from a singer such Spanish pop balladeer Camilo Sesto, who has been nominated for three Grammy awards previously, adding that the track was also challenging because of its quick pace.
“It has many words like an Alejandro Sanz song,” Alonso says. “I was sweating in the recording studio. There are a few things I’d like to do with the song when I perform it live.”
“Enough!” is scheduled for release on music platforms on Feb. 1 and will also receive a club mix version, according to the film’s rep. The song was co-written by Andrés Soto and Gerardo Giraldo with additional lyrics by Francisco Lupini and arranged by Paul Rubinstein.
The Grammy-nominated singer was Miss Teenager of the World in 1971 and Miss Venezuela in 1975. Alonso became known to audiences around the world as an actress in 1984 when she starred in the film Moscow on the Hudson featuring the late Robin Williams. Other film and television roles followed, but it is her romantic pop ballads about love and heartbreak that made a global star.
Alonso’s first Grammy nomination came in 1985 when she was nominated as best Latin artist for her self-titled album. Her second album, Otra Mentira Mas, was released three years later in 1988 and was nominated for a Grammy in the best Latin pop performance category.
In 1992, Alonso’s Imaginame, co-produced with K.C. Porterand Mari Spiro, was nominated for a Grammy as best Latin pop album with Alonso co-writing 7 of the 11 songs. Alonso’s return to film and music, she says, is something she takes seriously, but she’s also enjoying the experience of connecting with fans who have been there through the years as new generations are also discovering her work, such as her iconic classic pop ballads “Noche de Copas” and “Acariciame.”
“When I choose projects I never do it in a premeditated way,” says Alonso, who’ll soon be announcing live performance details. “I follow my heart and it’s beautiful when someone looks at you with admiration and respect.”