Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo, aka Los Javis, Sign with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo have new representation…

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has signed the 36-year-old Spanish actor, stage, film and television director and writer and the 30-year-old Spanish actor, stage, film and television director and writer, the duo known as Los Javis, for representation in all areas.

Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo

The LGBTQ+ advocates are known best for writing, producing and directing the critically acclaimed Veneno which was released on HBO Max last year in November during Transgender Awareness Week.

Veneno follows the life of transgender icon of the ’90s, Cristina Ortiz. It features the largest transgender cast in the history of Spanish cinema. The series marked an important milestone for the LGBTQ+ community and is currently nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Scripted Television Series in the Spanish Language category.

Prior to Veneno, Los Javis created the Netflix series, Paquita Salas, the story of one of Spain’s best talent agents in the ’90s, who now finds herself searching desperately for new stars after suddenly losing her biggest client.

The series, which won a Premio Ondas and Premio Feroz, peaked at #1 on the platform in Spain and became a huge hit in Latin America. The series was renewed for two more seasons after its premiere, with a fourth confirmed.

Los Javis are also playwrights who wrote and directed the musical play, La Llamada, which is set at a bible camp and continues to play in Spain almost eight years after its premiere and international run. The duo later wrote and directed the film adaptation of the play, which earned them five Goya Award nominations. It hit No. 1 at the Spanish box office and was acquired by Netflix.

Los Javis often makes appearances on local versions of shows like The Masked Singer, and this month, the duo will join the local version of RuPaul’s Drag Race as regular judges.

Rosalía Making Acting Debut in Pedro Almodovar’s New Film “Dolor y Gloria”

Rosalía is having an Almodovar moment…

The 24-year-old Spanish singer, who released her new single “Piensa en tu Mirá” earlier this week, is busy filming her debut acting role in the new movie from director Pedro Almodovar.

Rosalía & Pedro Almodovar

Rosalía will appear alongside Penelope Cruz in Almodovar’s Dolor y Gloria, which features Antonio Banderas in a leading role.

Rosalia, who is experiencing growing fame as the voice of a new generation, is also expected to be the cornerstone of the movie’s soundtrack as well.

Almodovar is best known for his strong female characters, but his appreciation for female voices surpasses that of any contemporary director. In the past, he’s honored Chavela Vargas and La Lupe through his movies, and brought BuikaEstrella Morente and Luz Casals to new audiences. Now it’s Rosalía’s turn.

“When I was little I watched Pedro’s movies with my mother and my sister and the women featured in them seemed from another world and at the same time so familiar,” Rosalía wrote on an Instagram post accompanied by photos of her first day of shooting. “My life has always been about singing, playing, dancing, acting and I can truthfully say that I dreamed about doing something like this since I was a little girl.”

Almodovar burst onto the international scene in the 1980s, as Spain emerged from a cultural slumber of a 40-year dictatorship, with films that declared the emergence of a new movement from the underground while caricaturing the constricts of traditional Spanish society.

The videos for Rosalía’s “Piensa en tu Mirá” and her previous single “Malamente” were created by Canada, a Barcelona production company known for its bold work. They also embrace typical Spanish iconography, but from a 21st century perspective, contrasting flamenco and bullfighting imagery with cars, motorcycles, guns and other images that are constants in the visual language of urban music.

Rosalía’s increasing presence in Spain’s audiovisual scene also extends to television: she sings the theme song of the second season of Paquita Salas, which caught on as a web series and premiered this summer on Netflix. The show, described as a “tragicomedy” by Brays Efe — who plays the brazen actors’ agent Paquita — is a direct heir to the irreverent, and distinctly Spanish, legacy of Almodovar.