From humble beginnings in her hometown in Brazil, actress Rafaela Salvadori has established herself as quite the talented and sort after actress in the world of showbiz. She has this smile that brightens your day, she is welcoming, fresh and stylish. She continues her success with some pretty exciting features coming up and also has some advice for aspiring performers.
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when did you first get into performing?
I was always interested in acting and performing. I started really young as a dancer in my hometown in Brazil. My favorite thing as a child was to dance in front of the camera and to pretend I was a TV show hostess. I took ballet and jazz classes for eight years, then I moved into belly dance and most recently pole dancing. I would take hidden acting classes from my parents occasionally. I don’t come from an artistic family and the decision to become a professional actress was actually a deep transformational individual decision. While I was studying Fashion Marketing at Parsons in New York the level of the acting classes I was taking on the side were just so beyond good that I decided to take it up as a profession, especially when I met Susan Batson, the first person to believe in my talent. I will never forget that meeting, when I decided to follow what I see as my divine calling.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Federico Fellini, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Richard Linklater, Luis Bunuel, Stanley Kubrick, Catherine Deneuve, Audrey Hepburn. Nowadays, I dream of working with Paolo Sorrentino, I love the Italian surrealism. And I think Kevin Spacey and David Fincher are geniuses by creating such an amazing series on Netflix disrupting both network and cable TV.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
Susan Batson studio full program, she has her very own method. HB Studios and the Atlantic Acting School Conservatory program a very complete full time program with Speech, Repetition, Practical Aesthetics acting technique, scene study, Suzuki and Viewpoints, improvisation.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
In film, Amy Mitchell in Simply Sandra has been my favorite role. The character required a range of emotional portrayal in a short period of time and the Director John Joyner was great to work with. The film came out so artistically beautiful that it was screened at the Marche du Film in Cannes Film Festival this year.
As for the stage, at the Atlantic Conservatory, my favorite role was Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley. It was fun and liberating with all the permission the script gives. I really enjoyed the “Apache Dance” with my scene partner. He was great too!
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
I had two films as Executive Producer and as a starring role featured at the Marche du Film in Cannes this year. Simply Sandra, a surreal psychological drama short film about a young woman who can see into others beautiful truths and deepest traumas. Also, Moo Moo and the Three Witches a family feature film that has a big distribution deal with Plus Entertainment.
What projects do you have coming up?
We’re marching towards pre-production of Simply Sandra as a feature film. Also, I’m working as starring actress in a film with Feed Our Souls Production Company.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Julianne Moore. It’s just the first person that comes to my mind. I admire her work, she is strong, beautiful and soulful.
What are your plans for the future?
Keep working! I love art house films they are real, simple and human. I’m really focused on my acting career and I know continued success is inevitable when you are so dedicated to it. I would love to do more TV. I also hope to go back to Cannes soon, it was an amazing experience.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Be persistent and open. You never know what will allow you to grow and be successful. Help each other- the industry is already hard enough. Watch movies, watch TV, don’t forget to have fun!