Calu Rivero Celebrates International Women’s Day Her Own Way

Calu Rivero Celebrates International Women’s Day Her Own Way

We talk to the Argentinean actress about launching her career around the world and how she plans to commemorate the all-important day.



We talk to the Argentinean actress about launching her career around the world and how she plans to commemorate the all-important day.

Text: Jake Viswanath

In a time where the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, or as Calu Rivero puts it, #NoEsNo, are gaining more power by the hour, there is perhaps no more important day to celebrate than today, International Women’s Day. People around the globe celebrate the day every year to remember the fight for women’s rights and continue empowering women to speak their truth. This day is especially important for Argentinean actress Rivero, who bravely shared her #NoEsNo story recently for the world to see and now constantly stands up for the rights of women everywhere.

The rising star started off the festivities by joining John Hardy Jewelry at their Party For A Cause during New York Fashion Week, as part of their tribe of #DragonWomen. United by their ability to back words with inspirational action, these women are committed to raising funds for five women’s issues-focused charities. We caught up with the Rivero to talk about differences between life in the USA and back home, and how she plans to celebrate and advocate for women even beyond International Women’s Day.

How did you get your start in acting? How did you know that was what you wanted to do?

I got my start in acting back home in Argentina on television shows and it really helped me grow as a person because I really had to start from the bottom, and acting just completes me on so many levels. I knew that it was what I wanted to do because if little Calu from the countryside of Argentina could accomplish this, any other girl could!

How do you feel U.S. or international audiences treat you in comparison to back home in Argentina?

Back home is different because people just know me there as Calu, they know who I am. Here in the US and the rest of the world, I'm more mysterious. I get to show people a different side of me and I get to be more adventurous and creative. I love that there are so many opportunities in New York, especially since the Latina community is so prevalent in the city. I really take pride in being a true Latina and want to be face of my generation.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you, especially this year? Any way you plan to celebrate or commemorate the day? 

This year is especially special and personal to me ever since I spoke out about my #NoEsNo (No Means No) experience in Argentina that I was keeping to myself for so long and was afraid to share. It's been a relief to finally be able to stand up for myself and empower other women through my experience. I'm very proud to spend International Women's Day in Argentina this year, leading the movement and participating in the Women's March while motivating others to do the same.

What does being a woman mean to you? 

Being a women means being a fighter. Even when facing adversity, we will confront it head on and fight back with everything we have. We have to speak our inner voice while wearing a big smile on our faces.

How do you feel we can change the treatment of women in every industry? How do we celebrate and lift women up?

First and foremost, it's important that women speak up and stand up for what they believe in. Only from this can we progress in this industry and make a real change. Women need to empower other women and not push each other out. There's enough room for all of us. Our strength is in numbers and it doesn't help when we are working against each other.

What have been your greatest successes and challenges in life? Which ones have to do with being a woman, if any?

It was very difficult for me to deal with the compromising situation that I was put in and not knowing how to stand my ground. To be disrespected by men in this way made me feel uncomfortable and ashamed. It was even more difficult to be vulnerable and write an open letter to share what was bothering me for so long back home as a public figure. My biggest success is also finding courage to share #NoEsNo and let my fellow women know they are not alone in this fight.

What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

Next for me is hopefully working on more acting projects in New York and the US. I just signed with Untitled Entertainment for acting and it's been a great process so far; my short film "3:32" got nominated for Cannes this year and I'm very honored by that recognition. My new Elizabeth Arden beauty campaign with The Society Management also just came out and it has been very exciting for me to work with a brand that I truly adore. It makes me very happy that women like me are finally seeing a strong Latina like myself who can represent them in the US and beyond.

What’s your dream project to work on?

I'm working on a movie currently that's written by my mom Rita, so it's a very special project that's close to my heart. I'd love to explore acting projects with Netflix — I love all of the original shows they've been putting out. They are just so current and relevant.

Calu is featured wearing John Hardy’s legendary Naga Collection, reimagined by the brand’s Creative Director Hollie Bonneville Barden.

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