Raquel Welch co-stars in How To Be A Latin Lover as Celeste, a rich elderly woman who becomes the latest seduction target of a faded gigolo named Maximo (Eugenio Derbez). During the roundtable sessions for the film, Welch was refreshingly candid about her life and career, and during the chat i asked her about her lifelong passion for yoga.
Along with her illustrious acting career, Raquel Welch also authored the books Raquel: The Raquel Welch Beauty and Fitness Program and, more recently, Beyond The Cleavage. Below is the audio and transcript of Welch’s on how yoga changed her life:
“When you start yoga and you become a yogini so to speak, your sensitivity changes and you feel more things in a profound way. So you’re more aware. And also – there’s a thing that happened to me, I don’t know if it happens to everybody but I felt like, over my life, I had certain emotional blocks of difficult times where I tried to stuff back an experience because it was painful or worrisome, or I didn’t know for sure if I was doing the right thing.
And they stay in your body. These blocks stay in your body. All of a sudden when I started the yoga I would be in a standing pose balanced on one leg – bow pulling pose or something – and I was standing there and the minute has gone by and all of a sudden I felt tears dripping down my face and I was kind of surprised. It was an unlocking of some emotional thing that I had been through that had never been resolved.
I know that sounds kind of spooky and goofy but it did happen and then I started to realize ‘Oh maybe not all of the blocks that I break through will not be as dramatic as that one but they are things that have been broken through.’ I do think that it is very cleansing and very energizing. I know that sounds like I’m a crazy zealot or something but I’m not. I don’t do yoga too much anymore because Bikram doesn’t teach it and I don’t want to go to the cuckoo birds that teach yoga nowadays.”
How To Be A Latin Lover, co-starring Salma Hayek , debuted at #2 over the weekend with $12 million.
***How To Be A Latin Lover is reviewed on Episode 69 of CinemAddicts: