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‘Mozart in the Jungle’ cast, Gael Garcia Bernal celebrate Golden Globe wins backstage

Gael Garcia Bernal wins Golden Globe for ‘Mozart in the Jungle’

Gael Garcia Bernal, star of “Mozart in the Jungle,” grasps his Golden Globe for actor in a comedy series backstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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At a Golden Globes ceremony filled with surprise victories, the cast members and producers of “Mozart in the Jungle” were backstage fielding questions from the press about some of the biggest of the night: their wins for comedy series and lead actor.

Actor Gael García Bernal beat out Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent” and Aziz Ansari in “Master of None,” among others, to take the Golden Globe for lead actor in TV comedy. And the whimsical show about the inner workings of a fictional New York symphony bested “Veep” and “Orange Is the New Black” in the top television category.

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When asked if they worried about the public relating to the world of classical music, co-creator Roman Coppola said: “This is a world that interested us ... so we were never really concerned. It was a world with fascinating characters, artistic temperaments, and we thought it was intrinsically interesting.”


Co-star Bernadette Peters jumped in: “All the music we heard, we’d say, ‘I want that. I want a copy of that!’”

Cast member Jason Schwartzman added: “We’re not experts on classical music. That’s why we do what we do. It wouldn’t be fun if you were just showing how much you knew about something.”

The question of whether they were surprised that the relatively new Amazon series won over high-profile titles on HBO and Netflix, among others, sent ripples of laughter through the cast members.  


‘Mozart in the Jungle’ wins Golden Globe for TV comedy series

"Mozart in the Jungle" executive producer Paul Weitz accepts the award for TV comedy series at the Golden Globe Awards. Among those joining him onstage are, second from left moving right, cast members Bernadette Peters, Lola Kirke and Jason Schwartzman.

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“Hopefully now people will see it and watch more of it and get into different kinds of music,” Schwartzman said.

When Bernal, 37, climbed the stairs backstage after accepting his acting award, he was welcomed by a string of “gracias” and pats on the back. 

Bernal’s character in the show, the gifted and emotionally unpredictable conductor Rodrigo de Souza, is not a little reminiscent of Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel. Was he surprised when his name was called out as the winner?

“With the show I’m so immersed in classical music and [I go] into a void,” he said. “When I got that call about the nomination, I was incredibly happy; and now this, I am so happy, so delighted. I want to share it with with everyone I love — and those I don’t love!”

When Bernal was asked if he has any new year’s resolutions, he answered quickly.

“Yes, two: to be more with my family, with my little kids and closer to who I consider family,” he said. “And to stop eating red meat. I’ve been really good with it. It’s the 10th of January and so far so good!”


Bernal also was asked about Sean Penn’s interview with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Bernal said he hadn’t read much about the story yet.

“It’s so recent and me as a Mexican, it’s hard for me to talk about this subject,” he said. “It’s a subject that’s very important, and there’s many people involved, and it’s not an easy subject, and I have no comment.”



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