If there are any breakout stars of Netflix’s original series, Sense8, it’s easily Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Alfonso Herrera. The two actors play Lito, a closeted Mexican actor, and Hernando, his secret lover, respectively. The relationship has become the emotional core of the Wachowskis-directed show that jumps from continent to continent, telling the stories of eight different characters who unexpected become connected.
“It was a great dynamic even though it was long distance,” Herrera, who like Silvestre is also straight, tells Out about building their on-screen chemistry. The two were forced to do much of their development over the phone as Silvestre, one of the sensate, flew all around to the world to film scenes in Korea and Germany. “We were in contact on Skype or via WhatsApp to talk about the characters, to talk about the scenes, about the relationship between them both.” The end result “was very nice.”
Of course, then there are the ever popular sex scenes between the two characters. “You have to let your ego go in a way,” the 31-year-old Mexican actor/singer says. “I think the aesthetic of it was quite beautiful. The whole deal was trying to show that we were totally in love.” But it did require a lot of choreography and precision. “Even though it seemed like it was mayhem, Lana was very specific about the compositions of all the bodies, the framing, where you put your arm.”
Herrera stresses Lito and Hernando’s love is important given the current shift in same-sex marriage. “This story comes at a unique time, not just in the U.S. but also in Mexico,” Herrera explains as the country weighs more gay rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage. “I think the main hypothesis of the show is that in a certain way, we’re all connected. No matter the color of your skin, no matter your sexual preference, no matter your religion, no matter your nationality, we’re all connected. I’m quite happy to be a part of this show with this revolutionary story and a platform that revolutionized away we watch TV with directors that revolutionized cinema. ”
Watch a clip between Silvestre and Herrera below: