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Let's meet actor Noah Saavedra

Those child prodigies you’ve heard about, they actually exist. Just have a look at Noah Saavedra, first he got a role in a James Bond movie, then he slipped from there straight into the lead role in one of last year’s biggest Austrian feature films "Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden".

At the age of 25, he has already achieved what many spend a life­time dream­ing of. The actor, who has Chilean roots but grew up in the Aus­tri­an province Bur­gen­land, tells us in this inti­mate inter­view how much hard work goes into his pic­ture book CV.

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You grew up in Vien­na, and now you live in Berlin. What do you miss about Vien­na?
That Vien­nese easy­go­ing atti­tude. Vien­na acts as if it was a metrop­o­lis, but it is very vil­lage-like for all that. There is only one cen­tre of town, and the spaces where every­thing hap­pens are quite lim­it­ed, you have a com­fort­able overview. That’s a whole dif­fer­ent qual­i­ty from here in Berlin. Every­thing here is fast, there’s always some­thing going on. You can’t get enough of watch­ing it all, but of course that’s also stressful.

What is the biggest chal­lenge for you as an actor?
The biggest chal­lenge? To act all the time, this is also a big sub­ject for us at school. The actor is an active being on a stage that isn’t wal­low­ing in emo­tions but try­ing to keep things mov­ing along. Every phrase has to have an atti­tude and an aim, and this is incred­i­bly hard to pull off. You can learn a lyric by heart, you have said it that same way a hun­dred thou­sand times and then the show comes around and you still have to react as if it was the very first time. Mak­ing phras­es sound new”, not to bathe in your emo­tions, not to try to cel­e­brate your­self onstage, but to tell a sto­ry. And this is often the most beau­ti­ful thing, because when you suc­ceed it’s absolute­ly amazing.

Sounds like hard work.
It’s a high per­for­mance sport. I’m sweat­ing my ass off on stage. I’m so spent, we have nine hours of rehearsals a day and after that I’m just com­plete­ly destroyed.

What aspect of an actor’s life would most peo­ple be sur­prised by?
How much work it is. Don’t get me wrong it’s great, but when it doesn’t quite come off you have put so much pas­sion, love and time into it for noth­ing. That’s very bad. There is so much research involved when you play a char­ac­ter like Don Car­los in Schiller’s play, and then you have to get your head round the Span­ish Civ­il War, you need all that his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge. It real­ly depends on what you play. If you play an assas­sin you have to read up on all kinds of assas­si­na­tions and inter­views to make it beau­ti­ful, to know what you’re play­ing. Of course, you will always try to pull some part of your­self out there as well, but that quick­ly gets bor­ing. So there’s a lot of research to do to try and rep­re­sent some­body else.

Which his­tor­i­cal Aus­tri­an fig­ure oth­er than Egon Schiele would you be inter­est­ed in play­ing?
Kokosch­ka, for con­trast. He was a painter too but he stage-man­aged his life to the last, he was a brute. I find him inter­est­ing and he’s also much fur­ther away from the way I nat­u­ral­ly behave.

21 Apr 2017 · neubau eyewear