What is the best thing that I love about my work? I perceive acting as an opportunity to open a window within ourselves towards other people’s and therefore a chance to connect with different ways and perceptions of life. I love being a “transformer” and through that a transmitter of feelings,who hopefully bring aspects of the spectators self to resonate.It’s simply great fun to find truth in the imaginary – a fantastic playground for grown ups!
What is my idea of perfect happiness? As happiness is such a fleeting thing- I find true bliss in moments where I am fully present… there is this german word I like very much;
Selbstvergessenheit- self obliviousness … when I reach that state of mind,in my work or private life,I am feeling truly happy and alive.
What is my greatest fear? Probably that something terrible is happening to someone i love and that i would not be able to help or ease it for them,that scenario is an absolute nightmare for me.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I am very sensitive and emphatic,it’s great for my work as an actress as I can use this sensibility in a productive way, but not always very handy for life.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? very different performers who,according to me are or where very truthful while “being”somebody else-in no specific order; Holly Hunter,Joaquin Phoenix,Elisabeth Moss,Forest Withaker ,Jeanne Moreau, Adam Driver, Daniel Day Lewis, Heath Ledger, Rooney Mara, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, James Dean, Cate Blanchett, Philipp Seymour Hofman, Charlotte Rampling, Katherine Hepburn, Marc Ruffalo and so many more!
What is my greatest extravagance? extravagance- hm, maybe that I am a dreamer,as I believe in “mind over matter”, dreaming is my way of creating life in a very Pippi Longstocking & Alice in Wonderland kind of way.
On what occasion would I lie? In the best case never,but I would do it in order to protect somebody else’s life and integrity.I am thinking of a potential life threatening scenario.And I would also remain silent if my words could harm another person in any way, like outing an LGTB identity for example.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Separation.I don’t like that we have that amazing journey all together, and that when the film comes out almost all the attention goes to us who are in front of the camera. The real heroes of the film productions, who hold it all together, are often in the crew!
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? the past is the past so i try to find happiness in the present moment,the present job,and right now I am filming this beautiful and exiting movie here in Rome, “freaks out” by Gabriele Mainetti. I am very much in awe of Gabriele’s work. And the lead actor and my acting partner in the film is
the wonderful German actor Franz Rogowski. It’s truly a tremendous pleasure to work with him,so it’s very easy to be happy and grateful for this current experience.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Decrease my level of self doubt and shyness … my granny told me that these insecurities make me loveable,but i find it an exhausting battle sometimes. Thank god I feel very fearless when I am acting.
What is my greatest achievement in work? To overcome all fear and self doubt again and again-going to Castings,confronting myself with the option of a “no”. Not the casting itself scares me,I love that “test-drive” actually, but the wait until you have a definite answer!Nerve racking!
Where would I most like to live? By the sea. And close to where the people I love live- so it’s a contradiction, or I would probably need at least two places!
What is my most treasured possession? A tiny little stuffed lion,that belonged to my father,and before to his father-a family thing…so old and shabby-he travels every where
with me.It’s of pure sentimental value obviously ;).
What is my most marked characteristic? Enough about myself already!
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Apart from my home- i really like the “dansaert” area in Brussels… but i am also always fond of train stations and airports, even if they are as “ugly” as la gare du midi. The feeling of being on the road is something that makes me feel alive. And the arrival area in airports where people wait for each other and reconnect-so beautiful!
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I’de say it’s “Chicago” in Rue de Flandres! My son and me love it there,the staff is the best, Odile, you rock! The whole interior design, the food and the general vibe make you feel at ease and welcome.
What books influenced my life and how? “the power of intention” by Wayne Dyer, “feel the fear and do it anyway” by Susan Jeffers,and “Patty Diphusa” by Almodovar! Read it and you know why :)!
Who are my favorite writers? Milan Kundera, Siri Hustved, Viktor E.Frankl, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Silvia Plath, Virgina Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Rumi,
Haruki Murakami, Pablo Neruda, Vladimir Nabokow, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg and many more!
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Probably some Bach?Or “marche pour la ceremonie des turcs” by Lully,or Stabat mater by Pergolesi,
or “the end” by the doors,or something very upbeat like “love will keep us together” by Captain and Tennille. But most likely there will be silence and hopefully the chance to reconnect in thought with all those who touched my heart- an internal thanksgiving moment.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? le petit prince
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All the people close and far that I love and adore- you know who you are!
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? as food for the soul I’de recommend “the mirror” by Andrei Tarkowsky. Another- very different film I’de watch any day to uplift myself is “Harold and Maude”,I just adore that quirky kind of humour!
What role plays art in my life and work? It’s my life and not separable.
In the best case acting gives me the chance to find myself and loose myself at the same time! I also very much love that quote about art by Jeanette Winterson: ” what art does is coax us away from the mechanical towards the miraculous.”
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? my son Johnny 🙂
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Oh there are so many incredibly gifted people I’de love to collaborate with,I need a lifetime to meet them all!
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? See above! In general I try to go with the flow, there’s no point in forcing things… what has to happen will happen- on every level!I am the captain of my soul,as long as I navigate myself well I trust that life brings me the right encounters.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? After finishing the movie here in Rome there is another feature film in the oven, very much looking forward to it! 2018 is a wonderful year so far!
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? In european Cinema’s and on TV screens.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It’s a blessing- in comparison to my previous profession as a dancer,acting has no age limit, and I am looking forward to become an old actress dinosaur one day!
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Dana Kohler,Gertrud Roll,Meret Schlegel,Ruth Hirschfeld,Violetta Spataro
How can you contact me? my homepage: www.annatenta.com where you’ll find my agency contacts. but you can also find me on fb and on Instagram