Leave it to an economics and mathematics double major to take the New York City film scene by storm. Just a few years after graduating, Osvaldo Hernandez Chavez (B.A. ’06) found himself cast in a popular romantic comedy, When Harry Tries to Marry.
He got his first taste of the theatre in 2006 while at St. Mary’s, acting in The Archbishop’s Ceiling by Arthur Miller. “When I did the play, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” says the Eagle Pass native. But when it came to pursuing a career in acting, “the difficult part was accepting it.” His degree in math and economics was good preparation for a life in the arts, though. “It taught me to see things from different points of view.”
The independent film When Harry is a romantic comedy about an Indian-American bachelor, Harry (Rahul Rai), who is cynical about relationships. He turns to his match-making uncle to avoid becoming another divorce statistic, but is torn between an arranged marriage and true love. Osvaldo and the cast filmed the bulk of the movie in New York City, but 20 percent of it was shot in India.
Premiering at the Austin Film Festival, When Harry was seen alongside films such as 127 Hours with James Franco and Black Swan with Natalie Portman.
“[Osvaldo] brought hilarity to our romantic comedy,” says director Nayan Padrai.
Currently, Osvaldo is performing off-Broadway and will also appear in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival – North America’s largest multi-arts festival.