She’s tough, realistic and has a great sense of humour. “Don’t f*** it up, this is not a Tarantino movie,” she shouts at Berlin, when he attempts to kill Denver for lying about the murder of Monica.
But Nairobi is also a perfectionist who’s in charge of the illegal printing of banknotes worth one billion euros. “I want to see those machines printing 24 hours a day,” she says on her first day of duty. She soon becomes the most respected member of the gang, because she’s intelligent, attentive, respectful and pragmatic. She doesn’t lose her temper like Tokio or Berlin.
When she replaces Berlin as leader of the group, she shouts: “The matriarchy has just begun.” And she proves to be the perfect leader of a band of outsiders who occupy the Royal Mint of Spain to fight for a better future.
15 FACTS ABOUT NAIROBI FROM MONEY HEIST 3
Money Heist (La Casa De Papel) became the most watched non-English language series when parts 1 & 2 launched on Netflix globally in 2018. But who are the actors who contributed to this international success with their great performance? Let’s start our series with the tough and pragmatic Nairobi.
Nairobi is played by Alba Flores, a Spanish actress who was born in Madrid on 27 October 1986.
Her real name is Alba González Villa and she comes from a family of artists. Her grandmother Lola Flores was one of Spain’s most famours singers and actresses. Alba’s aunts Lolita Flores (62) and Rosario Flores (57) are two famous singers.
Her grandfather Antonio González, better known as El Pescaílla, was a flamenco singer and composer. He came from a gypsy family.
Alba’s father Antonio Flores was a singer and composer. He died on 30 May 1995 at the age of 33 of an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol.
Antonio Flores died two weeks after his mother Lola Flores. Alba Flores was only eight and a half years old.
Alba was raised by her mother Anna Villa, a theatre producer, in Madrid.
At the age of 13, she started to take acting classes.
Her acting career began in 2005 when she was cast for minor roles in El Calentito and Luna del miel en Hiroshima.
She got her first big role in 2015 in Vis à vis, a Spanish women’s prison drama that immediately makes you think of Orange Is The New Black when you watch the first episode.
In 2017, she appeared in La Casa de Papel (Money Heist). In 2018, the tv series premiered on Netflix worldwide and became the most watched non-English language series.
“Everything changed with Netflix,” says Alba. “I don’t fully perceive the success that the series is having.” In a few months, the number of her Instagram followers went from 50,000 to 3 millions.
“Actors are overrated,” says Alba in an interview with Vanity Fair Spain.
She also plays theatre and would like to set up her own theatre company.
The actress has been a vegetarian for one and a half years.
She’s the tallest actress in Money Heist. She’s 1.76 m tall.
In summer 2019, she posed for an editorial for Vogue Spain in Cádiz.
Alba has a sweet tooth. She’s particularly loves meringue.
Photos: Courtesy of Netflix
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH ALBA FLORES
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INTERVIEW WITH NAIROBI AND BERLIN
ALBA FLORES FOR VOGUE SPAIN (2019)
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