What is the best thing that I love about my work?
As an actress and artist I love the adventure that represents every project I do. Whether it’s a play, or film, or dance there is always this sensation of discovering new territories. Every time is like a voyage I make within myself and through the story that is told. It is quite thrilling.
What is my idea of happiness?
Being touched by the beauty of the world – that resides in every little and big moments, and having people I love and who love me to share it with.
What is my greatest fear?
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I can be very stubborn and defensive. It can and has served me but very often they are traits I wish I didn’t have… often wonder how I would experience life without them.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer, Samira Wiley, Adam Driver, Benedict Cumberbatch.
What is my greatest extravagance?
I love to treat myself to sleep in hotel rooms. For no particular reason. I just love the feeling of hotels.
On what occasion would I lie?
To save my life I guess. Or to save the life of someone I love.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Auditioning. The whole process is very much energy, skills and self-confidence consuming for mostly rejections. I sure should learn to love it because 75% of my work is just doing that, over and over again…
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I remember one day I was on the set of an independent movie in the South of France. We woke up very early to go shoot a scene at dawn in the mountains of Rustrel (to give you an idea we call this place The Provencal Colorado) and I was here watching the sun rising, covering the sky with layers of oranges and purples, freezing cold but surrounded by beauty and doing the thing I love the most… acting !
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I would be more confident, less in my head and more sustainably into actions and concerte steps !
What is my greatest achievement in work?
Find happiness and fulfillment in the things we do. Feeling like we are contributing something worth it to this world.
Where would I most like to live?
I love New-York but I can totally see myself living part time in a warmer and less busy environment like in Hawaii.
What is my most treasured possession?
Meaningful gifts that I received from people, friends, family. I love things that have been passed on and that have a story about why I own them.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I am a creative. I need to spend time moving, dancing, drawing, writing, painting…
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Wherever by the water: Hudson River Park, Dumbo, Coney Island…
Photo credits: Julie Reggiani
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Chez Oskar, in Brooklyn.
What books influenced my life and how?
The Artist Way by Julia Cameron has been an incredible game changer for me in embodying my creativity, organizing to work towards personal and professional goals, and global living actively a life that I love.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Casta Diva by Maria Callas.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Aang in the series Avatar, the Last Airbender.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
I admire people who’s mission is to save and take care of others: doctors, nurses, therapists; people who fight for the environment, for peace, for human rights.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Big Fish from Tim Burton.
What role play stories in my life and work?
A very important role. To me stories are the way to reflect on our reality and give testimonial of life experiences. Telling stories help me to understand myself and listening to stories allow me to understand others.
In my work it is central. Being an actress is being a storyteller, and calling on the empathy to impersonate someone else. I believe stories have the power to take us to places we wouldn’t go otherwise and to change us deeply.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?
They resonate ! Even thou I would rather say you are the writer of your own life. I believe we do «write» every day our own story through the actions and the choices we make. Some one else could be the storyteller of my life but I am most definitely the one who’s writing it, whether I am conscious of it or not.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My creatives sisters: Gabrielle Scott and Natalia Miniasian. These two women I met during my acting training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts became my colleagues, we’ve created an artistic collective together and produced performances and films. They’ve been there for me through thick and thin and have always encouraged me in my career and creative life.
Which people or companies would I like to work with?
I’d love to work for Netflix, Arte, Hulu. With directors like Pedro Almodovar, Chloe Zhao.
What project am I looking forward to work on?
I am currently writing my own script and I am dreaming to direct and to act in it. This is a very big project I am hoping to bring to life in the next years.
Where can you see me or my work?
You can check my collective ARC on our instagram, and see some of my performing work on YouTube.
A Mustard Seed: https://youtu.be/8Is582wUK7s
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
Passion is the life force that keeps you marching your entire life. It doesn’t go away, or fade out as you get older. Passion pushes you forward everyday and give a sens to your life.
Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
Natalia Miniasian https://www.instagram.com/nat.minasian/
Gabrielle Scott https://www.instagram.com/gssscott/
Adriana Marchione https://www.instagram.com/adrianamarchione/
How can you contact me?