What is the best thing that I love about my work? As an actress, leaving my reality aside and step into a different world of another person – then to become this person and make their world mine. As a writer, creating stories that make people think and feel, entertain, affect them and surprise them.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Doing what you love, having a purpose in life and enjoying the journey, making it as interesting as possible is also very important. After all, perfect happiness comes from inside.
What is my greatest fear? Not reaching my full potential.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The list is long, but I’d say stressing about imaginary scenarios and making plan A, B, C – using all the letters of the alphabet here, ‘just in case’ those scenarios happen, so I have full control. Well… you can’t control everything.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Meryl Streep, Isabelle Huppert, Lena Dunham, Nia Vardalos, Jane Fonda
What is my greatest extravagance? A massive black fur coat “Maje” that I bought on the spur of the moment that keeps me warm and surprisingly enough, is also stylish.
On what occasion would I lie? Not to hurt people’s feelings. I wouldn’t classify it as “lying” though, but as “saying the partial truth” or a ‘white lie”.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The pretentiousness of some people and the instable nature of the work. These are two things, I know…
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Seeing my first ever script becoming a film (“Two Persons Max” dir Tim Kent) and playing a really challenging character I wrote for myself. Specifically, I remember me sitting at Pinewood studios watching the technicians assembling a lift and thinking: “all those people are creating a lift, just because I sat down one day and decided to write a story about two women in a lift!” That was the happiest realisation in my life so far.
Two Persons Max link:
If I could, what would I change about myself? Being too critical on myself.
What is my greatest achievement in work? My latest short film “Testing Greta” dir Abbie Lucas which I wrote, performed in and produced (for the first time), in a short period of time. I was grateful to have an amazing team of people around me.
Testing Greta trailer:
Where would I most like to live? London / NY – interesting, inspiring, restless cities. But from time to time, in one of those houses we see in films with glass walls next to the sea. I love the water.
What is my most treasured possession? My memories.
What is my most marked characteristic? My drive.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Any location. Inspiration finds you anywhere – you must be alert. I do however, love Southbank riverside walk…
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? For breakfast, I love the Haberdashery in Crouch End. For dinner, Gaucho Grill in Tower Hill (amazing steaks and views) – for drinks, Mark’s bar in Soho.
What books influenced my life and how? “Walk Through Walls: A Memoir” Marina Abramovic – the life and career of a ground–breaking performance artist. Her story inspired me because of the passion, fearlessness and wicked sense of humour this amazing woman led her life with.
Who are my favorite writers? Donna Tartt, Isabel Allende, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Eugenides, Agatha Christie
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Sweet Dreams. Both Eurythmics and Marilyn Manson versions.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Ellen Ripley in Alien.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Sylvester Stallone, J. K. Rowling, Lena Dunham, Marina Abramovic, Nia Vardalos because all of them created their own opportunities and managed to succeed against all odds. Also, Freida Khalo for her extraordinary strength to use her misfortunes to create art. Finally, my mother, a woman who combines strength, elegance and kindness.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Fight Club. This film has so many different levels – all of them equally interesting.
What role plays art in my life and work? Integral. It’s part of who I am and of my life. I don’t think about it, it just naturally is.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I’m blessed to have people in my close environment who support me and care about me and I’m grateful to anyone who expresses their love for my acting / writing or my pole–dancing skills. Thank you!
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I’m open to any suggestions for interesting, challenging characters and ready to audition for anything my agent Michelle Liebetrau puts me up for. I also would love to work with Paul Andrew Williams whom I had the pleasure to meet and work for years ago, Marcus Markou who has inspired me so far, work with more female directors, Greek directors (I haven’t acted in my native language for years!) and of course …Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders would be fantastic.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? The casting director Nina Gold in an audition for Game of Thrones and get the part. Also, Nia Vardalos this year or whenever I manage to go to LA.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Without doubt, “Sparrow’s Call” to be directed by Tim Kent. It’s a fascinating, twisted psychological thriller that will keep you glued to the screen. I’ve written the script after working on it for three years and will be one of the two lead actors, a part for which I’ve been training in pole dancing for the last two years. To say I’m looking forward to it, is an understatement!
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I had the chance to work on an exciting TV Pilot “The Cloaking” directed by Sam Bradford (Praxima) and will see how this goes. Also, “Testing Greta” directed by Abbie Lucas will be screening at Beeston Film Festival in UK next, in Short Film Corner in Cannes Film Festival and more to follow.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? You only live once, so you’d better do it with relentless passion. You get one chance – might as well go all the way.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Abbie Lucas, Jane Gull, Muireann Price, Hayley-Marie Axe, Cherise Silvestri, Grace Sargeant
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