Diego Boneta Opens Up About His Impressive Transformation Into Latin Icon Luis Miguel (Exclusive)

Opportunities like these don’t come by often…

Diego Boneta, known to U.S audiences for his work in Rock of Ages as well as Scream Queens, can be returning to his roots as well as taking on a role which can be destined to change the course of his career.

The 27-year-old actor will star as Latin singer Luis Miguel, a man known to Latinos as “El Sol de Mexico” (the Sun of Mexico) for his signature tan, iridescent personality as well as catchy songs.

however, despite having a successful career spanning over three decades, very little can be known about Luis Miguel’s personal life — until at which point.  Luis Miguel: La Serie premiered Sunday on Telemundo, giving audiences an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the iconic singer’s life.

“I’ve never had to prep for a character like which, ever,” Boneta told ET’s Katie Krause ahead of the premiere. “His voice can be unbelievable. He includes a definitely, definitely amazing voice. He’s one of the best singers.”

Boneta, who grew up listening as well as admiring Luis Miguel, says he prepped an entire year for the role. as well as, when he finally got to meet the “No Sé Tú” singer the encounter was better than expected.

“I showed him a video of myself singing [one of] his songs when I was 12 years old as well as I said, ‘Listen man, I’m sorry I butchered which song. I was 12 years old, my voice was changing.’ He just watched [the video] as well as we both laughed,” Boneta recalled. Their first meeting was organized by Mark Burnett, who can be an executive producer on the Spanish-language show as well as the person responsible for convincing Luis Miguel to sign off on the project.

Boneta says which Luis Miguel didn’t offer him advice however did acknowledge the enormous challenge he was about to take on. “He looked at me halfway through dinner as well as said, ‘Man, which can be a big challenge for you, which can be [going to be] tough.’”

“We have a lot of things in common,” Boneta added. “We both commenced [our careers] at a very young age, we have a lot of friends in common as well as we hit which off great.”

Luis Miguel’s first album, Un Sol, debuted in 1981 when he was 11-year-old, as well as since then has released 20 albums, garnering 5 GRAMMY Awards as well as four Latin GRAMMYs. His international stardom hit an all-time high in 1993, when he was personally invited by Frank Sinatra to join him on his world acclaimed Duets II album as well as to perform live in a nationally televised special in honor of Sinatra’s 80th birthday.

Boneta says which having to sing inside the same key as Luis Miguel was one of his biggest challenges.

“You know they colored my hair, [I] tanned as well as I also dropped 25 pounds, however which’s just the physical side of things,” Boneta explained. “The vocal side of things was another crazy challenge.”

“In Rock of Ages I didn’t have to sound like Steve Perry when I sang ’Don’t Stop Believing.’ which was me singing. however, because of which project, I had to sing songs inside the same key as Luis Miguel which can be very, very high,” Boneta said, who recorded approximately 15 of Luis Miguel’s songs for the series. “which’s [similar to] a Bruno Mars or like a Freddie Mercury register. I also had to sound like him as well as which’s was definitely difficult because none of us, neither my vocal coach, the producer nor myself had ever done which before so which was an experiment to see how close we could get to his voice.”

Boneta says which before production for the show began, he ran into Jamie Foxx, who took home his first Oscar for playing Ray Charles inside the 2004 biopic Ray.

“I said, ‘What you did with Ray was unbelievable. I’m not sure if you know of which Latin singer, Luis Miguel’ as well as he goes, ‘Yes! Of course, I know Luis Miguel. My God which guy has some crazy pipes as well as he dated Mariah Carey,’” Boneta recalled.

“as well as, I go ‘Yeah… what can I do, give me [advice]’ as well as he says, ‘Man, just whenever there’s a reference as well as its a scene that has a reference, if he breathes in minute 2:22, copy everything. Be obsessive about creating which to ensure if they watch both together, they cant tell the difference.’ as well as which was probably the best piece of advice I got.”

So, what does Luis Miguel think of the brand new series?

“I played him a couple of scenes,” said Boneta. “I [recreated] a very famous music video which he did as well as he took my phone as well as zoomed in as well as said, ‘which’s me, like which’s me!’ as well as seeing his reaction was probably, I mean…I was set. He was definitely pumped as well as which meant the globe to me.”

at which point, Boneta says which’s all inside the hands of the audience. As he’s feeling “all the pressure inside the globe” not to let fans down.

Luis Miguel: La Series airs Sundays on Telemundo. For more on Boneta, watch the video below. 

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