2023 July 14 Written by Jasper

Photos: Miguel Bernardeau for Elle España

Miguel is featured in this month’s issue of Elle España! It’s also a collaboration with Biotherm Homme, as Miguel is one of its ambassadors. Check out some outtakes and scans in our gallery! You can also read the translated article under the cut.

What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror?
I’m not very conceited. I like to look good, with cool clothes, have my hair cut, but I don’t worry much anymore. At the moment, I have not had surgery (laughs) .

Come on, you wouldn’t change anything about your body.
Something, although I think you have to learn to accept yourself.

Women are always asked about our beauty ritual. Do you have any or do you pass these things?
Well look, I only used zinc to surf, and not much, but now, with this collaboration with Biotherm Homme, they have explained to me everything that the sun can do, melanoma issues and those things, and I am paying much more attention to take care of me than before.

What does it mean to you to work with the Biotherm brand?
It’s all very natural. I had already collaborated with them making diving and freediving videos, so when it came up to be an ambassador for Biotherm Homme, things were shot. In addition, there is something that is clear to me, and that is that I only work with those brands that align organically with my tastes. I’m not good at lying.

Let’s see: are those muscles genetic?
I don’t like going to the gym, but I do exercise, because it helps me a lot to free my mind and rest. It is very good for me to practice surfing, boxing and pilates .

I just opened an Instagram account. With your experience in social networks, what advice would you give me?
Ugh, I don’t know. I think it may even be more negative than positive. I have ever thought about taking it off.

Oh really? Because? That, at first, discourages me…
Because I’m not interested in gossiping and I don’t like feeling observed by others either, but then it’s true that it works as a platform to promote your projects. I use it for what interests me, which is to get in touch with people I want to meet, although I try not to show too much about my life. I’ve always thought that the less I show of myself, the better. But, well, it is clear that social networks also make it easier for you to get contracts and it is a way of obtaining income.

When 6.5 million people follow you, you can lose your mind. How does so much attention affect your ego?
I am zero obsessive, I do not dedicate more than 30 minutes a day to the networks. I know that there are people who wear and stay for four hours, but that makes me anxious, my brain enters into a dynamic of comparison, of thinking that I am not in the right place, that I could be doing what I see someone else, that I’m not good enough… What I do admit that I am dependent on is technology.

In what sense exactly?
One thing I do as soon as I get up – something that is difficult for me, because I hang around, I spend a while thinking and controlling myself so as not to touch my mobile and end up scrolling  is to read several digital newspapers, I am interested in current affairs. And I also use technology to look at the scripts. But, it’s funny, when I read a novel, I like to touch the physical book, feel its smell and turn the pages.

In a very short time your popularity has grown enormously. What would you change about fame if you could?
The lack of privacy. Now I spend a lot of time in a small town in Portugal and I love going there, because there are not many people and everything is incredibly calm. Most of the neighbors probably don’t know who I am, and if they do, they don’t care. And I love that, because I am very from the neighborhood, to say hello, to talk. I like to be valued for who I am, not for who I am.

You have just finished shooting the first season of the Zorro series as the protagonist. How has he been?
It’s been a powerful seven months. Luckily we were in Gran Canaria, but it has been tough physically and mentally.

Talking about mental health is ceasing to be a stigma and is beginning to become normal. How important is it to you?
It’s okay to say you feel bad. In fact, for me, spending so much time outside of Spain serves as therapy. I have been going to the psychologist for years and it helps me to reposition aspects of my life, especially in recent times, where there have been so many changes.

Has it been difficult for you to overcome those cycles of ups and downs?
Peer pressure gets to you, because they try to make you fit into a box. That’s why it’s important to me to spend time with my family and friends and to be close to the sea.

What talent would you like to have that you don’t have?
Without a doubt, sing, but I lack voice.

Speaking of which, it has become fashionable to air couple issues in songs. If it happened to you, how would you take it?
I wouldn’t react. I do not give away my privacy, my private life.

The actor Imanol Arias tells that the craziest thing he has done in his life for love has been to get married. And you?
(Laughter). Obviously, I’ve also done something stupid for love, but I can’t tell you about it.

Today they say that it is impossible to flirt if it is not through applications, but I don’t know if the same thing happens to you.
I’m not on Tinder, nor do I know how to use it, I don’t feel comfortable with it. I think there are other ways to meet people. It can be done traveling, seeing the world…

You’ve been to many places. Which ones have left a mark on you?
Africa and India. I like to soak up the places, eat what is customary, get to know their culture, their cinema, not lock myself in a five-star hotel. In those places, where you see inequalities, you realize that you are more than privileged. Just being born in Spain, having a European passport, already puts us in an advantageous situation.

You speak with passion of the sea. Are you worried about the planet?
Yes, I love the sea and I believe that the best way to take care of something is for people to fall in love with it, and that is my contribution through my networks. But I am not going to be a hypocrite: I am not an activist nor am I the most ecological person in the world. And I don’t like that stream of making people feel guilty. In the end we are all causes of climate change.

For a few months, there has been talk of nepo babies . How has the fact that your mother is a famous actress influenced you?
It has been more negative than positive, because they always judge you. It’s very unfair, but I accept it. In the end you always end up justifying the work you do.

Are you worried about the future or is it not something you consider?
I don’t think where it could go, but I do think about not having a job, what I would do, because I don’t have a plan B.

Have you ever felt fear?
Yes, sometimes you don’t know if you’ll be able to do your job well. It happened to me at the beginning of shooting 1899 , because the director was very demanding and I didn’t quite understand what he wanted. But that challenge is nice, because it pushes you to want to be better.

What are the things that make you happiest?
Create characters. I have a coach who helps me, she is my guide.

Now that we are on the electoral campaign, make a wish.
Cut the polarization, I do not like extremism.


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