You must have faith in your talent and your passion for what you do. Do not wait for anyone to acknowledge it.
I had the pleasure to interview Petra Chris. Petra is an international actress who started her career on stage. Her film debut was in the ‘Winter’, a psychological drama. Currently located in London, UK, Petra speaks English, Greek, Italian and Spanish. Her most distinctive characteristic is her passionate acting and her speaking eyes.
I decided I wanted to be a professional actress when I saw a cute comedy where the most amazing things happened. I was a child at the time, around eleven and I was thinking that the characters of the film live a ‘crazy life’ and I liked that. Then I thought to myself ‘these things only happen in films, so, if I want this, well, I will be an actress’! That was my childish way of thinking about it. Later in my life it became a mature choice because of my passion for theatre, films and arts.
One day during rehearsal, our director turned to me and said I can easily win a prize for my discipline. It felt wonderful then and it still feels wonderful now, after all these years. It is exceptionally important for an actor to practice discipline. Discipline doesn’t mean you do as you’re told. Discipline is to set rules and goals on your own and stick to them.
Oh, I will never forget this! It was my first acting job. A theatre play in one of the biggest theatres in Athens, Greece. Some time during a dialogue, I had to step my foot onto a chair, keep it there for a few seconds and then leave. One night, I didn’t calculate my power I think, I stepped my foot so strongly on the chair that my heel went through the wood and got stuck there!! Everyone from the cast was trying to stop laughing and deliver their lines, nobody could help me and I was paniced! I pulled and pulled for the chair to be removed from my heel but in vain. A few seconds later and after a huge panic attack, I made it. But, I though that if I hadn’t been able to pull it away, I could just take off my shoe and leave the stage. What I learned: Theatre is ALIVE!! You can direct things, organize things and prepare but what happens on stage is never predicted. It’s like LIFE !!!
One of the most exciting things that I’m working on right now is the fact that I’m taking my first steps as a screenwriter. I started writing years ago, with friends that shared the same vision with me but now I’m also writing on my own. It’s such a creative thing to do, I love it!!!!!!!!!
The people I was always very interested in were the actors that came from previous generations. I was always super curious to hear stories that had to do with the great stars of the past, or stories related to different periods of history.
I have to stress out the point of education and mastering your craft. The actor never stops learning and evolving as an artist and as a person. So I think education is everything. Not only acting education but also literal education, knowledge or even university education. I don’t like actors (or people) who lack sophistication.
It would definitely be something about animals welfare and animals rights. I’m a vegetarian and I’m planning to go completely vegan soon and I suffer to know that animals live in cages or entertainment park tanks for our pleasure. I’d love to unite with fellow actors and artists to raise awareness in regards to this issue. If you take a look at my social media, you will easily see that I use the #emptythetanks and #animalsrights hashtags a lot!!
I’d probably go with Henry Ford’s ‘’Whether you say you can, or you say you can’t, you are right’’. I grew up in a small town with no acting opportunities, my family and friends had nothing to do with the business and I wasn’t sleeping with ‘the right people’. But I decided I wanted to be an actress, I can do it and I did!
It’s not just one! I am hugely grateful to all the people who were near me every step of the way. The first ones I’d have to thank are the members of my family for their support and understanding and for helping me keep my mind clear off the trap of seeing myself as somebody else. I am very grateful to the first director who booked me at my first acting job, a theatre play in Athens, Greece because he made me realize that talent will take you very far, even if your CV is still empty.
DAVID LYNCH. I’d be delighted to have lunch with him, being an admirer of his work. There are two aspects that I admire: one is the fact that he has a very strong artistic identity. He creates films in a very particular way. And the second thing I admire is his occupation with meditation and wellness. I see depth of soul, mind and spirit there. We’d have a lot to talk about.
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