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Interview: Rachel Zegler And Ariana DeBose Talk ‘West Side Story’, Sisterhood & Stepping Into Their Roles

It’s been 60 years since the legendary Rita Moreno stole the show in the first film adaptation of West Side Story, and now, two new stars are paving the way for future generations — Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose. Zegler and DeBose shine brilliantly in the Steven Spielberg-directed remake of West Side Story as Maria and Anita, respectively.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the dynamic duo about the film and their time on set. The two spoke about the importance of opportunities and what their roles mean to them, their chemistry on set, the positive reactions to their performances, and much more!

Watch the full interview with Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose below:

Actors renowned in theater and film, those new to the silver screen, and a host of talented singers and dancers will join Steven Spielberg and his crew in bringing a new adaptation of the original, beloved stage musical West Side Story to the cinema for a December 10, 2021 release.

The cast includes Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ansel Elgort (Tony), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Mike Faist (Riff), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), and Brian d’Arcy James (Sergeant Krupke). Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Anita in the 1961 film version of West Side Story, will feature as Valentina, a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works. – via

Be sure to catch Rachel Zegler as Maria and Ariana DeBose as Anita in West Side Story when it hits theatres on December 10.

Rachel Zegler as Maria and Ariana DeBose as Anita in West Side Story.
(Courtesy of 20th Century Studios)

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