Interview with HEMKY MADERA | Balancing My Way Towards a Fulfilling Life

As we experience our life, we are defining our preferences through different events and situations. Life shows us choices so we can decide what is our highest excitement and clarify what we are most eager about. By knowing what we want and seeking joy in everything we do, we can find harmony in fulfilling all our desires. Being open to possibilities and allowing ourselves to believe what’s in sync with that which we are becoming, will bring us to a state of infinite opportunities and satisfaction. 

Actor Hemky Madera, who can be seen as Pote Galvez on USA Network’s award-winning crime drama Queen of the South, says, “Acting is my job, but my family is everything. It’s hard to balance, of course, but I want to be good at what I do but have to push through when wanting to be with my kids and wife.”

In this inspiring interview with Hemky, you will tap into some insights about his role as Pote, as well as how he balances his acting career and his desire to be always present with his family. 


  • Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Hemky Madera?

I am definitely a family man; I love my wife, kids, and parents. Anything that has to do with the family. I am loyal to my family and friends. 


  • The entertainment industry is evolving, exposing the audience to more diversity, both in front of the camera and behind it. Why do you think this shift is happening, and how does it impact the viewers?

The shift is happening because it is inevitable. If you look back in history things always change; it may be a slow roll, but things do eventually change for the better. Sometimes things do take a step backward, but eventually, it will progress. Latinos are the biggest minorities in the states and keep growing. First, second and third generations have been here for many years, and we are as good and equal to anyone else. If you are good for the job you should get it regardless of the race. 

Photography by Bobby Quillard


  • On USA Network’s award-winning crime drama Queen of the South, you play Pote Galvez, a lieutenant of the Vargas Cartel. How have you tapped into the authenticity and emotional realm of your character during the process of becoming him?

I always watch docuseries about narcos, cartels and criminals and re-watch every year to get back into it. I gain knowledge from the news and what is happening in the world today, as well. Taking all that material is how I bring the authenticity and emotional realm of Pote. However, the most important thing is to not judge my character. Pote is a bad guy, but I do not judge – I’m just living the character’s life.

  • Queen of the South is based on the Spanish novel La Reina Del Sur by international bestselling author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. What emotions and expectations did you feel about your character when you first read the book?

As a whole, I love the book. It is entertaining and well-scripted – it was very enjoyable. I thought my character was funny and loyal which is what caught my eye. I did not want to create a carbon copy of Pote from the novel; I wanted to make him darker – bring in my own “twist” to it.

  • Pote is Teresa’s (played by Alicia Bragga) trusted protector, he is always by her side and he would do anything for her. What plans do they have for themselves in the upcoming season five?

You are going to have to watch!

  • How would you describe the dynamics of the relationship between Pote and Kelly Anne?

There are a couple ups and downs; it was definitely not played and they both just fell for one another.

  • How has Pote Galvez evolved throughout the series, and what have you learned about yourself while becoming him?

He’s grown as more of a human being. He’s sucking it up and becoming more open to being humanizing. He’s being able to open his heart and not be all about the narcos world. He’s opened himself to love, but still a badass guy.

I’m proud of what I’ve done. To bring to life such a character. I have fun playing him – it’s fun to play a bad guy.

  • Why do you think Pote Galvez became one of the fan’s favorite characters?

Loyalty. Everyone is attracted to loyalty and the narcos world revolves around loyalty; it’s a live and die situation. It’s a family love relationship – friendship. Pote is loyal to a fault, especially for Theresa – he will follow her to hell if need be.

  • On HBO’s limited series Perry Mason, produced by Robert Downey JR, you will star as Rigoberto. Who is your character and what is the narrative behind the series’ plot?

You are going to have to watch, but you will be blown away – it’s going to be amazing!

  • What other exciting projects are you currently working on?

Working on “Queen of the South”, but currently on a much-needed vacation.

Photography by Bobby Quillard


  • Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian that you would like to mention?

Looking into working with kids with down syndrome; somethings are in the works that I’m looking forward to sharing soon.


  • You have two children with your wife, Jesse Lynn Madera, who is a singer-songwriter. How do you find the balance between your professional and personal life?

You just have to make the time. Acting is my job, but my family is everything. It’s hard to balance, of course, but I want to be good at what I do but have to push through when wanting to be with my kids and wife. Even if it’s to travel to be together for only a couple of hours, which has happened before.


  • The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is the essence of joyful living. How does joy during the creative process affect your own experience and consequently the final manifestation of your actions?

I believe in everything I do. If you can’t find the joy in what you’re doing, then what’s the point of doing it? If you have joy when doing something it is not a job, it’s a vacation.

  • When you hear “You can be, do, and have anything you want,” the words of Abraham-Hicks, what is your take on such a statement?

It’s true, you can have it all. It will take work, but you can have it all. It’s all about how much commitment and dedication you put into it – but you can have a professional and personal life.
Header Photography by Bobby Quillard