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Blog 1704 Neubau Eyewear Frame Heinz

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