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Fri, Oct 15, 2021 2:23 PM

TRIPLE THREAT NATALIE MORALES RECONNECTS WITH HER CUBAN ROOTS IN BILINGUAL ‘LANGUAGE LESSONS’

There was a time in NATALIE MORALES’ career where she avoided wearing hoop earrings or the color red to auditions for fear she’d look “too Latina” and toned down the accent she’d developed growing up around her family of Cuban refugees in Florida.

So imagine her surprise and how momentous it felt when MARK DUPLASS, an actor/director/writer/producer she knows socially and admires professionally, called her mid-pandemic with a project idea — which would become the just-released, charming dramedy “LANGUAGE LESSONS” in four short weeks — because it first required a heavy lift from someone fluent in SPANISH.

Duplass (“ROOM 104,” “ZERO DARK THIRTY” and “The Morning Show”) was not only looking for someone to play a SPANISH teacher but also to be his co-writer. Morales would ultimately also take on directing duties...

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