What is the best thing that I love about my work? When I act, I lose myself in a state that I have no other words for than: pure magic. I become someone else, living another life, in another reality. Being an actress is like living a thousand lives in one lifetime. I love it. There’s no comparison to how acting makes me feel. Screenwriting is my way to tell my own stories. Dancing and singing liberate my soul. Ideally, I’d like to write, direct and perform in my own movies and music videos. Working on it!
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being on set, doing what I love to do most… acting. There’s genuinely nothing that makes me happier than that, when it comes to work. And when it comes to my private life: for my loved ones to be happy, healthy and prosperous. When it really comes down to it, that’s the only thing that counts.
What is my greatest fear? Total disconnection from others. Being nothing more than a speck in the universe.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m a workaholic. When I want something bad, I throw myself at it. I lose myself, wrapped all up in it. It becomes me. I both love it and I hate it. It’s like a trance that I can’t snap out of. But there’s more to life than just work. I’m still learning to embrace that.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? People, who write, direct and perform in their own movies, provided they’re good at it! That, to me, is like the holy trinity of what one could do within my field of work.
What is my greatest extravagance? When I dance, I’m at my most extravagant. Dance is the shortest route to euphoria and ecstasy for me. My body completely takes over, led by the music. All inhibitions melt away.
On what occasion would I lie? Ha ha, that’s for me to know, and for you to worry about! No, but seriously… First thing that comes to mind is: to protect my loved ones. I’d rather die than have anything bad happen to them. So, if it would require lying to keep them safe, I would.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? As an actress: being dependent on others for employment opportunities. If I’d only be acting, and not screenwriting as well, creating my own work, I’d go completely bonkers.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Whenever I’m on set. Every time, everywhere. That shit is so good, there’s nothing in the world that could ruin that for me.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Bad memories of events that really crushed my heart. However, as an actress, these experiences are very useful to me. They enable me to play at the best of my game, both in drama and in comedy. But as a human being… I could do without the pain.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Writing my own feature film, in which I’d like to play the lead part. I don’t yet know when it’s going to get filmed. But if it were up to me; the sooner, the better! I’ll keep you posted!
Where would I most like to live? In an English speaking country with nice weather. I love the outdoorsy life. And my preferred language is English, so…
What is my most treasured possession? Although he’s not a possession, the most treasured thing I have in my life is my husband Steven. He’s my reason to life. If he dies, I’ll die. There’s no use going on without him.
What is my most marked characteristic? If I want something bad, I work hard to achieve it. I can be a machine, when I want to get things done.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My own home, in Weesp. That’s where I write. That’s where I live life with my husband. That’s where I prepare for parts that I’m going to play. It’s my sanctuary. The best place I’ve ever lived. And I feel extremely blessed to be living there.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Café-Diner ‘t Weesperplein. It’s one of the best places I’ve ever eaten and drank at. The owners, Nina Bloemendaal and Rinze Bruinsma, are lovely people that always make us feel very welcome. And the food is terrific, especially my personal favorite: the Tex Mex Burger.
What books influenced my life and how? I think everything one reads, leaves an imprint on one’s mind and soul, unless of course it’s bullshit. In a spiritual sense, one important book has been: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. I think that has been the most inspirational book for me to make a switch from being a doctor to becoming an actress. The books, that I read when I was studying medicine formed me intellectually and scientifically, for which I’m very grateful. And when I was doing my Bachelor of Theatre to become an actress, my most valuable guidebook was: The Power of the Actor by Ivana Chubbuck. I still use this book today!
Who are my favorite writers? Jean van de Velde, the greatest example one could wish for when it comes to screenwriting. Frans Strijards, one of the best and most intriguing playwrights and novelists that I know. And Woody Allen, whose scripts, plays and prose I all adore.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Chopin’s Raindrop prelude (Op. 28, No. 15). Classical music, like no other music – especially classical music written for ballet – makes me dream off, fantasize, and reflect on matters. The Raindrop prelude really plucks my heartstrings. I don’t know why, it’s something that happens on a gut level. I love the big emotional build up in the song, and then the release. The whole piece just takes me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Catwoman. Definitely. She’s everything I want to be. An exceptionally gifted rebel, with a cause. She’s not a villain; she’s a female Robin Hood. And she walks her own path in life.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? People, who take responsibility not only for their own happiness and success, but also that of others. Who help others from the goodness of their hearts. Not for opportunistic reasons, or to look good. But because they’re genuinely kind and caring. Those are the real heroes.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Bram Fischer by Jean van de Velde. A pinnacle of storytelling through film. Jean is both the screenwriter and the director of the movie. One of the things that show his mastery of the art is how he uses the metaphor of water throughout the movie. That kind of visual, implicit storytelling grabs you on a gut level, and tells you more than words ever could. Also, the movie calls for unity amongst people through reason. That resonates with my soul intensely.
What role does art play in my life and work? It is my life and work. Once you’ve had a taste of heaven, there’s no way back. That’s what art, more specifically storytelling through film and theatre is for me. I’ve lost my heart to it.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband Steven. He’s my rock. There’s no other person that I’d rather spend my life with. He’s the only one I fully trust. I’d put my life in his hands. It would be great to cooperate with him in the future. We both share a passion for music, so who knows?
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? In general, people in my field of work, who are genuinely kind and trustworthy, and who also rock at what they do.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? Realizing my own feature film. The script is already there. Now, it’s time to get it realized!
Where can you see me, or my work in 2019? A movie I’ve played in – What You and I share with the Salmon (De Zalm en Jij) – directed by Raynor Arkenbout, is played at Cannes and other film festivals. Together with Yaron Mesika, I played the lead part. Another movie I’ve played in – Iemand, Niemand 100.000 – by Studio Akatak, is also being played at film festivals. Also, an interactive website will be released of a project called Disconnect, made by M31 Foundation: on this website my voice can be heard as a storyteller and tour guide. But above all, I’m hoping for my own movie to get filmed!
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? My job. Above all, the movies, and everything that has to do with it: acting, screenwriting, cinematography, and maybe even some directing in the future. I live for the movies. And of course, I also love theatre; it’s really not a whole lot different from film, just some different means to the same end. But I grew up with movies. I have a weak spot for 80’s movies.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Jildau Wielinga, a most inventive creative strategist.
Romy Irene Wuyts, my extremely talented Chubbuck Technique acting coach.
Anais Lopez, a most adventurous visual artist.
How can you contact me?
Through my website: http://mehrnoushrahmani.com/contact/
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