Because it was never even a question for me. As long as I can remember, since I was a child I knew it is a part of who I am as a person. The decision I made was to make acting my profession. Acting is like a drug, with its highs and its lows.
When we act we become part of a unique world, a world only possible in the realm of fantasy. We make tangible the intangible. We create a character, a world, a story and share it. We provoke a catharsis.
How did you make you first break into the industry?
I was already acting, doing comedy sketches in bars, short films and training at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Madrid when I got offered my first role in film. I was 19 yeas old. The role was to play a love interest of Penelope Cruz in ‘Manolete’, film starring both Cruz and Adrien Brody. I went to several auditions, call-backs and got the part!
What do you bring to the film set?
Energy, respect, focus and spontaneity. When on set, I want to be present, in the moment, to be there, present for the director, for my fellow actors, and for my character. And by spontaneous I mean being emotionally open and alert, allowing things to happen which may not be in the script, or in the direction, but that bring that extra magic to the work, precisely because they are unexpected and come from being in tune with the role, with the co-actor(s) and with the story we are telling.
Your most insane day at work?
Probably, the first day on set for the film ‘Manolete’. They were running behind schedule and there was no time for proper introductions with the cast. So we introduced ourselves while getting ready to do a take, Penelope Cruz and I lying on a 1930’s bed and Adrien Brody on his mark pointing a gun at me.
Most interesting person you’ve ever met?
One of the most interesting people I met was a Cuban ex ballet dancer now barwoman/writer in La Habana. She was about 60 when I met her. She had been part of the national ballet company since she was a teenager. When she could no longer dance she began to write as her greatest interest is the study of human behaviour. She works as a ‘barman’ on the terrace of an old hotel en Habana la vieja. She observes her customers, listens to them, to their stories, she listens to their silence, watches them and writes. She’d go from her cocktail shaker to her notebook. Every human being has a story, a story worth observing, worth sharing.
Have you any hidden talents?
Not too sure yet if it is a talent, (let’s say it is 🙂 ) and it’s definitely not hidden now. I am very interested in directing. For a long time I have been interested in ways of telling stories. Acting has always been my main focus and vehicle for expression but in college I began writing and directing plays. Now I am exploring how to express a story through film. Early days.
Ultimate dream role?
There are so many!
I like complex roles, characters with contradictions, then again, who doesn’t have them… so I guess what I mean is I strive to play well written characters ,multi dimensional roles which go through some kind of development. The first film role I fell in love with when I was very young was Scarlet O’Hara from Gone with the Wind, I guess I loved her complexity, her strength, her vulnerability. In theatre , Hedda Gabbler has been one of the roles I have always wanted to play, amongst many others… I also really like comedic roles.
I’ll be filming an indie sci-fi drama later this month playing a science officer on an International Space Station. Also working on the postproduction of a short film I wrote and directed. And starting rehearsals for Salome by Oscar Wilde, playing the role of Salome, which will be staged at a unique venue in London in February. Very excited, as I love the role, the play and the exciting theatre company.
Any pearls of wisdom for upcoming talent?
When you are acting, be present, listen to your co-actors, have character thoughts, you will then feel as your character would - it will bring truth on screen, on stage. Be generous, self-centered artists are boring. I believe the essence and purpose of acting, filmmaking, theatre-making is to share … we want to communicate a story with the viewer. It’s not about us; it’s about the story and it is about the audience. We want them to laugh, to think, to feel…
Also never be afraid of being who you are, of bringing that something to your work which makes you different and unique.