Loles León

One of my most challenging celebrity portrait shoots was with a Grande Dame of Spanish Cinema and Television – Loles León. To start she was not in a good mood when she finally arrived. Then the stylist had to experience the full diva treatment of having all the designer outfits that were carefully selected for the shoot, thrown to the floor (literally) one by one. She just hated everything and refused to do the shoot.

I then took her to one side and explained in my “Guiri” Spanish that I completely understand that she hates everything and does not want to do the shoot – but that we have all traveled many miles (I had just flown 12 000km to do the shoot) and that my editor was going to be very unhappy that we did not return with at least one picture of her. I happened to mentioned a couple of her films and one of two classic lines I loved.

This broke the ice and “no” turned into “maybe one or two pictures”. We ended up shooting for 4 hours and parted with big hugs and kisses. The next day in the Spanish tabloid press I received the ultimate accolade of my career when I was labeled “El Fotógrafo” – The Photographer.

Loles León was born on August 1, 1950 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as María Dolores León Rodríguez. She is an actress, known for Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989), Talk to Her (2002) and ¡Hola Raffaella! (1992) – IMDb

She stared in several of famed director Perdo Almodóvar’s movies namely Al Borde De Un Ataque De Nervios (1988) , Átame! (1990) and Hable Con Ella (2002).  She is also a much loved TV host and won Best TV Actress for her role in the TV Series Aquí no hay quien viva (2004)