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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.

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
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