30 Eugenio Derbez Quotes from the Mexican Actor

Eugenio González Derbez, born on September 2, 1961, in Mexico City, began his acting career at 12.

Educated at the Centro de Educacion Artistica and the Mexican Film Institute, he achieved fame in Mexico as a comedic actor and director, with numerous TV shows and films, including “Sangre de mi Sangre,” which won at Sundance in 2007.

His international breakout was in Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” in 2011.

Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included” became a record-breaking hit in 2013.


He starred in “How to Be a Latin Lover” and the award-winning “CODA” in 2021. Derbez lives in Los Angeles with his family.

I have selected the most famous quotes by Eugenio Derbez.

Top 5 Eugenio Derbez Quotes


The first time I came here to the U.S. to start a career, it was in 2002 or 2003. Since then, it’s been so, so hard. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


I wanted to be a dramatic actor. I never realized I was funny until I was 20-something. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


Executives in Hollywood are missing a lot because they don’t want to watch other cultures. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


It’s not easy to direct in another language, especially comedy. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


My mom was a soap opera queen in Mexico and Latin America. I started acting because of her. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

Famous Eugenio Derbez Quotes

I’ve learned that when I’m directing, I hate when people are always questioning everything and trying to give me directions. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

I probably have a hidden issue, because before ‘La Misma Luna’ in 2007, I hated working with kids. But after that, I learned so much about how to handle a kid that I liked it. And then came ‘Instructions Not Included,’ and it was like, ‘OK, now I think I’ve got it.’ Life just kept bringing me projects with kids. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

When I started coming to the U.S., they were offering me only the typical stereotypical roles: the druggard, the criminal, the gang member, or in the best-case scenario, the gardener or the cook. I was fed up with all these roles that were always the same. And I promised I would try to change the image of Latinos in Hollywood. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


Goldie Hawn was my movie-star crush when I was young. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

Yes, everyone thought I was crazy when I moved to the U.S. after having had a very successful career in Mexico. It was like Adam Sandler turning his back on Hollywood and going to China to start all over. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

Instead of being with my family, I was spending a lot of time trying to start all over again, from zero, in another country. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I went back to Mexico and said, ‘I’m gonna do my own stuff.’ So, I did my movie that I was trying to do for many, many years, called ‘Instructions Not Included.’ ~ Eugenio Derbez.

I’ve wanted to come to the U.S. since I was 8 years old. Every single year, my mom and I watched the Oscars. I always told her, ‘I want to do that when I grow up. I want to tell stories; I want to be an actor and director.’ ~ Eugenio Derbez.

Best Eugenio Derbez Quotes


Who doesn’t want to have a yacht? But I would prefer to invest my money in something else. But I love them. I just wouldn’t buy one unless I had a lot, a lot of money. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

This country was founded by immigrants… I don’t see Mr. Trump looking like an Apache, so all of us, we are immigrants. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

Pantelion and Televisa can reach my core fan base better than anyone, and with the distribution expertise and brand recognition of Lionsgate, I know we can build on the crossover audience that we began to reach with ‘Instructions.’ ~ Eugenio Derbez.

I’m just trying the American dream. To work here in the U.S., you have to commit and be here. For many years, it was back and forth, back and forth, and it didn’t work. But I’m always open to working in Spanish. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


To try to crack into Hollywood, it’s a dream come true. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

Drama is more universal. We all cry about the same stuff. But comedy is very specific: It depends on where you were born, how old you are, your social-economic status. It’s very complicated to make people laugh. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

I have way more freedom in Los Angeles and in the U.S. But it’s funny because when I have a meeting with producers or people from the industry, we go to a restaurant to meet someone, and nobody knows me. But all of the sudden, the entire kitchen comes out, and they start taking pictures with me, or at valet parking. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


I love breaking stereotypes. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

Popular Eugenio Derbez Quotes

There are two worlds here in the U.S., especially here in Los Angeles. All the Latinos have watched my shows for 30 years, but Americans haven’t seen them. So I am living in this world where I am a huge star for part of the population and a nobody to the other part. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

If you’re always waiting for a producer to hire you… your chances are really, really small. I’ve been knocking on doors and asking for a job for many years, and my career really changed when I decided to create my own material. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


I think I’m ready to bring my style to a comedic movie as a director. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

In Mexico and Latin America, everything is big: Bigger emotions, bigger reactions. Here in the U.S., everything is more natural, more grounded and down to earth. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

I’ve learned that you never have to think about how to make money. You need only to focus on what you think is going to be a good movie or what’s a movie I’d like to watch as the audience. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

‘Instructions Not Included’ is proving that there is a huge Latin market that needs a special project. They love seeing their own people; they want to see themselves onscreen. In my case, I know them pretty well. I know what they laugh at. I think it’s going to open a lot of doors, this movie. ~ Eugenio Derbez.


I would always direct my own stuff in Mexico. ~ Eugenio Derbez.

So these were the 30 top quotes about Eugenio Derbez.

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