Archive | May, 2015

Inspired by the greats and the hopes of one day working with Jennifer Lawrence, actress Stina Lundberg

30 May
Stina Lundberg

Stina Lundberg

We recently sat down for an interview with beautiful and talented Swedish actress Stina Lundberg. Here is what she shared with the readers about her long term plans for he acting career and her ideal co-star.

Please introduce yourself to the readers:

My name is Stina Lundberg and I’m a Swedish actress.

How and when did you first get into performing?

My mom put me in dancing school when I was 6 years old and from that day on, I’ve always been creative. Where I come from with acting, is very limited, but I had many years expressing my creativity through dancing and dreaming of acting. Even though there wasn’t an ‘acting school’ in my hometown, I was always the lead in every school play ever produced during the time I was a student. Every chance I had to act, I did. I was a wild and unafraid child.

Who were some of your biggest inspirations growing up?

Noomi Rapace has always been an inspiration to me. She’s been playing parts that are so far beyond her and so different, yet she does it with so much truth and honesty. I remember sitting in a movie theater in Gothenburg, Sweden, and thinking- If she can do it, so can I! Meryl Streep has been a big inspiration to me as well. Her acting is so natural, effortless and free flowing. That’s what I aim for in my acting as well.

What kind of training have you had, if any?

Well of course, all my years as a dancer, have given me a huge advantage in acting. They are both forms of story telling, through different expressions.  I have an AFA in acting from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and I’ve been grabbing opportunities everywhere I go, so if I find a good studio class I’ll take it.

What has been your favorite role to play so far?

I have two favorite parts so far. In the ‘The Uninvited Guest’ I played Sarah. I loved this role because the stakes were so high for her and in every scene she faced a surprise. My other role is when I played the lead actress in Bronco. I loved her because she was so different from me. She smoked, she didn’t have any ambitions, the love of her life left her for someone else and she used another boy to heal that wound. That was two very interesting characters to work on.

What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?

Lovate International Inc flew me to Canada to shoot a commercial for Hydroxycut. That was a very Fun trip.

What projects do you have coming up?

I have two features coming up. One that we already shot the trailer for and the director is planning on screening it at Universal pictures. The other one is a feature film about two men and a woman on a freight train. To be having two features coming up with me as a lead in both, is such a dream come true. I’m so very grateful for both projects!

Who would be your ideal co-star and why?

Jennifer Lawrence, She is another amazing actress who does everything with ease. She is my age, the same type of person as me and she has inspired me on my acting journey. It would be so much fun to play her best friend or sister.

What are your plans for the future?

My future is limitless. I’m going to focus on the upcoming projects I have for now.  I also had a pretty exciting meeting with a pretty big producer last week, and there is something exciting in the works, for the near future. That’s all I can say about that for now.

What is your best piece of advice to aspiring performers?

Anything is possible! Believe in yourself, love yourself and everyone around you. Always be kind and giving, breathe and trust. Keep your focus and everything will work out for you. As a performer, it is important to keep your creative flow, and you can do that by finding a place of truly loving yourself and this world. Be confident, but never arrogance or an ego.

Making his mark on the world stage, actor Aditya Lohia

29 May
Actor and performer Aditya Lohia

Actor and performer Aditya Lohia

We recently sat down with the talented and humble Aditya Lohia about his acting inspirations and the requirements to remain at the top in such a tough business. Here is what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?
I’m not 100% sure when it really started, but I guess as a young kid, I enjoyed mimicking my relatives whenever they would come to visit. When they left I would do impressions of them in front of my family and make them laugh. However, I really wanted to play cricket and while I was good at it, I wasn’t good enough to make it to the top. So I decided to take a summer workshop in the Philippines for acting and I loved it. So from that point on, I was sure I wanted to be an actor.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Robert De Niro, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio. I really love most films unless they are absolutely terrible. These artists were some of the first people that I heard about and who influenced me. I love all of Kubrick’s films, there is something new in all of his films. Also, Scorsese is a director who builds great characters in his movies and It’s always fun watching them.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
The International Academy of Film and TV and a 2 year conservatory at Stella Adler NYC. They were entirely different experiences but enriching for me, nonetheless. The workshop was introductory, so it was like a stepping stone, while Stella Adler really helped me take my craft to the next level.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Biff from Death of a Salesman. I think I can identify with how he feels. It’s also one of my favorite plays because I can relate to all the characters from it. In many ways, I think it’s the ultimate play because the characters are so well written and it’s so much easier to perform. It’s almost actor-proof.
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
Working with a top Morrocan artist, Ahmed Chawki, in a music video and working on the film Greed. Both were amazing and enriching experiences for me as I learned so many different things as an actor being part of both of these shoots.
What projects do you have coming up?
I’m in talks to play lead roles in a couple of films. It’s interesting but I don’t want to jump the gun and say anything. There is also a web series coming up in which I play one of the most interesting characters. I’m also wrapping up a short soon. There is also a TV Show which I can’t reveal too much about, that will start shooting soon.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Robert De Niro, because there is just so much that can be learned from a veteran like him who I have admired for such a long time. He has played diverse characters and also mostly dramatic roles earlier in his career.
What are your plans for the future?
To keep doing what I m doing and pursuing my goals in Los Angeles, I’m interested in both TV and Film and I want to keep working hard. These are the most important requirements to be at the top because acting is a constant learning process.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Just work incredibly hard, keep at it and never give up. It’s easy to leave acting because it can be difficult in the beginning, but as you grow, you’ll enjoy it more and more and it will become very rewarding.