Photo by: Carlos Villarejo
We were joined on the Popternative show by Alex Pastrana who returns as Raúl in season 7 of the Spanish Netflix drama series, Elite, which premiered on October 20 with all 8 episodes. It was recently announced that the series would return for an 8th and final season. We were introduced to Pastrana in season 6 as Raúl, the possessive and social media obsessed boyfriend of Sara (played by Carmen Arrufat). While season 7 introduced viewers to additional new characters, it also brought back original Elite cast member Omar Ayuso.

Elite Season 7 Synopsis
In this new season, Omar is living a new life at the university and far away from Las Encinas, but he is unable to move on. The guilt he feels for Samuel’s death and the suffering from that period are still very much present, leading him to undergo therapy. Thanks to an internship, he decides to return to the school where everything happened to confront his demons face to face. Through Omar’s journey we will discover that the rest of the students are also silently battling their own hells. Elite’s season 7 will tackle mental health and how most of us neglect it out of fear or ignorance.

(L-R): Nadia Al Saaidi as Sonia, Alex Pastrana as Raúl, Carmen Arrufat as Sara, Ander Puig as Nico, Ana Bokesa as Rocío, Valentina Zenere as Isadora, and André Lamoglia as Iván in episode 701 of Elite. Photo by: Netflix

In our interview, Alex discusses the global success of Elite and getting to be part of the franchise. He also goes into detail about playing a toxic character and what went into the preparation: “Do I want to present myself to the world playing this bad person? That was one thing, and the other was to actually prepare for this character; I got nothing in [common with him]. Doing the audition, I talked with a lot of friends of mine, women friends, who told me their stories, sadly some of their abuse stories.” Watch the full conversation below.

Elite season 7 is streaming on Netflix.

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