The Heroine’s Journey of Floriane Andersen

  • What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I think the best thing is that it’s a collaborative art. The art form is so much richer and complex cause it’s a combination of so many talents. Cinema is mixing so many different art forms, music, acting, sound, cinematography, editing… It allows such a variety of skillsets to be combined and create something so unique. 

Photo credit:  Yessica Sanchez
  • What is my idea of happiness?

Tell stories and make films with like-minded and passionate people.

  • What is my greatest fear?

To never see these stories see the light of day.

  • What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

The need for approval. I wish I didn’t need validation from people to feel whole and believe in myself.

  • Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Gary Oldman and Tilda Swinton for their versatility, they have this ability to merge beautifully into their characters and make us forget about the rest. I’m also very inspired by Jim Cummings, a filmmaker who does everything himself and doesn’t wait for Hollywood to give him the roles he deserves. 

  • What is my greatest extravagance?

I dyed my hair platinum blond, wore teeth, nose and cheek prosthetics, to transform into Lady Gaga’s character for a music video. Almost died on set from hypothermia too, but one of the roles I’m the most proud of.

  • On what occasion would I lie?

To protect the ones I love.

  • What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The auditioning part. Being judged all the time and being in competition with other. This is not my nature and something I’m not comfortable with. That’s why I absolutely love self-tapes. I don’t have to feel the pressure of being in front of someone judging my abilities and can fully get into character. Usually, once I’m picked for a role, that pressure disappear on set cause I know I’m a part of the team.

  • When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

As an actor, I’m the happiest on set, once the camera rolls, I forget about everything else.As a director, I’m the happiest in the editing room. Cause I get to finally see the movie come to life, I feel I have the most control over the story and can play with takes to emulate the initial idea of the script.

  • If I could, what would I change about myself?

My confidence. And it’s different from self-esteem, it’s about how you present yourself to the world. Being able to confidently walk-in a room is something I always admired and would like to change about my personality.

  • What is my greatest achievement in work?

I finished directing a short film called “Unforgotten” with a production company we created this year Called “Artak Pictures”. It’s my most personal work so far and one of the things I’m the most proud of. Releasing an album with my band is close second. 
 – Where would I most like to live?
I’m lucky enough to live exactly where I always wanted to live. Los-Angeles has always been a dream and I’m blessed to be able to call this city home. 

  • What is my most treasured possession?

A little white elephant that I keep with me all the time. It’s the only object I kept from my father and it reminds me that he lives through me now.

  • What is my most marked characteristic?

Tenacity. I’m not the fastest, and it usually takes me an awful lot of time to get projects done, but I always finish what I started, no matter what. I think it’s a quality you need in this industry cause it’s such a long game. 

  • What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The Huntington Gardens in Pasadena is a magical place. I love to go there to find inspiration. The Chinese garden is where I love to spend the most time.

  • What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Crossroads is definitely my favorite. It’s a Vegan restaurant in West Hollywood with the best vegan carbonara I’ve ever eaten. I also love to go to Figaro Bistrot in Los Feliz, an adorable French bistrot with great food and drinks.

  • What books influenced my life and how?

The Art of Simplicity by Dominique Moreau is I think the book that transformed me the most. I learned to see the world and objects differently, and appreciate all the littles things like a treasure. Taking pleasure in all the small tasks, the simple acts, the real appreciation of beauty in this world.

  • You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

One by Metallica.

  • Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I have so many, Ripley in Alien, Evey in V for Vendetta, Furiosa in Mad Max to name a few. I love strong female and badass characters in general. 

  • Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Someone I’m not particularly close to but whom I admire from a distance. She has this ability to find treasures everywhere and transform everyday life into magical stories and moments. To me she a real artist and has a true heart. She doesn’t need to know she is my heroin, but she inspires me to be better.

  • Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Apocalypse Now.

  • What role play stories in my life and work?

Everything is a story. I tell stories for a living cause not a day passes by without me making a story from what I see and experience. I tell myself stories to make sense out of this life.

  • What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

I couldn’t agree more with that statement, and gives you a sense of urgency, you’re the only captain of your ship, so what are you going to do with it?

  • Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

The other members of my production company: Artak Pictures. A collective of badass women with a common goal. www.artak-pictures.com

  • Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022?

Like I mentioned previously I’d love to collaborate with Jim Cummings, his approach to filmmaking inspired me so much to take control of my own filmmaking career. I almost had a chance to work with McCaul Lombardi last year, and hope we can collaborate in the future, I discovered him in the film “Away With You” and think he’s an exceptional actor. I’d love to collaborate more with JLee mcKenzie, and hope we will in the future.

  • What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on?

I am currently in post-production of our film “Unforgotten” and am looking forward to share it in festivals soon. I’m working on the writing of my first feature film this year, and hope to direct a new music video for my band. 2022 is an ecxiting year.

  • Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

You can see me in the feature film “Shiddat” available on Disney+ Hotstar, and you can see my work at www.floriane-andersen.com

  • What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I take it very literally. I’m not planning on retiring ever, this passion is too strong to not pursue it for the rest of my life.

  • Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Yessica Sanchez, Mor Cohen, Nadiv Molcho, Sam Benjamin, Chloe Smolkin, Mireia Vilanova, Chloe Hollings, Sophie Blondin, Nina Seul, Marianne Bourg.

  • How can you contact me?

Instagram: @florianeandersenTwitter: @floandersenemail: floriane.andersen@gmail.com

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