1. You are a talented fresh actress. How this ‘‘acting adventure’’ did cοme into your life?
It’s a typical story, yet fascinating. I was just a kid when I first got in touch with the world of theatre and since then I committed myself to serve it. I got enchanted from the first moment and until now, it continues to ravish me every single day.
I found in acting and generally in theatre, a home, a place where my inner need for self-awareness and creativity based on my point of view, would finally be fulfilled.
2. How does it feel to work as an actress in the Greece of crisis?
It is difficult, very hard. Although all the professions are affected this moment, due to the economical –and even more- crisis, theatre, is in a way worse situation. The actors who work in salaried treaty are very few, and even less can actually make a living from acting. Nevertheless, considering myself, I cannot imagine my life, my everyday routine, without theatre. It is a part of me which cannot be excluded. It is, actually, me!
3. You wrote the last theatrical play, yet you also play in it. Your feelings?
“Well doc, I...'' came up as an urgent, inner need for completion. A need to write down the psychological dead-ends, the complexes and the neuroses that have ingrained the modern Greek society. The topic of psychotherapy, which is still a taboo in our country, was an additional challenge for me. Having myself, the experience of being treated, I wanted to acquaint the audience with psychotherapy, as well. The play was completed a year ago, when I was in a really tough and transitional phase of my life. I have to confess that at the beginning, I approached it quite blithely. But through writing I ended, surprisingly, in more deep and dark aspects of human nature. I feel extremely lucky for having the opportunity to watch on stage a play of mine, and also be part of the cast!
4. Theatre, TV. Cinema? I know it’s a cliché question, but i always wanted to know the difference...
They are the main areas where an actor can work. The most actors depend their livelihoods on TV. It is the most common mean of entertainment, at least in my country, and the easiest way for a young actor to be widely known, so it remains the main goal for many of my colleagues. Unfortunately, cinema is still in decline in Greece. Although it is a desire for many of us, since we all started acting with dreams of our Hollywood career, the domestic productions are few, and the most of them are not appreciated by the production companies. The funds don’t suffice and therefore, a descent, noticeable outcome is rare. Now, theatre is what I call, the soul of an actor. No one is entitled to be an actor without stage experience. We study and practice on stage during our education. Thankfully, Greece has great bonds with Theatre and it is the sector where real acting rises. I you ask me, I certainly prefer theatre. Practicing on stage makes me a better actress and reveals me the secrets of my art.
5. Comedy, drama? Where do you find yourself more?
I was always attracted by drama, to be honest. I used to ask the dramatic roles in my career. But growing up, I appreciated –thank God- the benefits of a nice comedy. I can say that I am no longer divided between these two. I welcome each role with great pleasure, since anything can teach us so many things. Besides, both drama and laughter are integral parts of our nature. We cannot choose only one side and suppress the other. It wouldn’t be healthy for our inner completion.
6. Comedians are people that never laugh in their ordinary lives?
This is an absolute statement and according to my opinion it doesn’t apply. We, actors, have to be able to separate our stage life, as a profession, from our ordinary life. Maybe there are some stories of great comedians whose lives were rather sullen, but even these cases, are examples for acquisition of balance.
7. Is theatre therapeutical for our soul?
Absolutely. Theatre has a magical way to transform you. Both literally and figuratively. It offers you countless lives and even more feelings to experience. The completeness is unique. I certainly don’t imply that watching theatre or acting is a substitute of psychotherapy, but dealing with it, gives you the opportunity to gain goods like self-knowledge. Even the education of an actor is a part of this particular “therapy”. The techniques, the way you learn, your aspect on life, your very own reality changes. You leave behind the innocent school years, and you enter in such psychological journey, that’s inevitable to remain the same. I strongly believe that it is necessary for a person, to get in contact with theatre, both theoretically and practically, since childhood.
8. Blanche Du Bois wanted magic, not truth. Do you?....
Truth! We all seek it, but no one desires it. There are many truths. Each man has its own. The fight is always about whose truth will enforced to the other. So, I choose Magic. And if this choice requires some lies, I hope they are the pretty ones, the innocent!
9. The next best role of your acting career is...?
Definitely a role which I find interesting and I can love. I don’t have something on my mind. I enjoy the process in the current play. Everything is welcome. As I said before, we can have great life lessons from every role.
10. Finally, are we all acting, are we all wearing masks, and are we all pretending to be someone else?
This is life. Have you ever considered how many roles we play in everyday? We are friends, lovers, children, professionals, siblings etc. This happens also in our interpersonal relationships. We are weak, strong, abusers and abused, every social interaction is based on role playing. We all play these roles and it is perfectly normal and healthy, as long as there are some boundaries in our relations. A great teacher of mine once told me that in art, in order to stand up and rebel as an artist against classical approach, you need to learn it first and conquer its own rules of existence. The same applies in human relations. Playing successfully roles in our life, and having progress as individuals, depends on how thoroughly we know ourselves and how generously we embrace us.
(We thank you Natassa for your time.)