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An interview with Actor and Musician- Asier Kintana

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An insight into the life of talented actor- Asier Kintara. Here's what he had to say:

Please introduce yourself to the readers:

I´m from Basque Country in the north of Spain. I grew up there studying at school, music and playing soccer and basketball. Later in college I studied Marketing and Business Administration because I couldn´t play in the NBA, ja, ja, ja (I´m 5,8 ft). I moved to Madrid and I worked for the most important Department Store in Spain and one of the two most important radio stations. One day I quit and I started studying drama. Two years ago I came to visit a friend and I met Susan Batson. She changed my life. Then I went back to Spain and NYC later to keep on researching information for a new play I was getting ready for. Acting is the reason why my life makes sense. Being an actor is a challenge for me everyday. I couldn´t live without being an actor. Every time I play a character, I get on the stage or put myself in front of the camera and it makes me feel alive .There´s also something that acting gives me. Everyday is a challenge for me. I couldn´t be in an office setting, sitting there wearing a smart suit!

How and when did you first get into performing?

As a musician, I was 10, as an actor I was 29 after moving to Madrid. I was earning a lot of money but I wasn´t happy. I always wanted to be an actor, so following my heart I quit working in marketing. I studied drama in Madrid with Cristina Rota, Penelope Cruz´s teacher, at the same drama school. The school has a well known show (La Katarsis del Tomatazo) during the weekends. In the show, I was doing the Grand Opening, playing many different characters and releasing my own sketches. Then, later theater plays, commercials, tv soaps and movies.

Who were some of your biggest inspirations growing up?

Mickey Rourke, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Daniel Day Lewis, casually three members of the Actors Studio. With them, I could describe perfectly the history of acting for the past 40 years.

What kind of training have you done?

It began with music, when I was 7 years old. First studying, then playing the trumpet for seven years in a young music band. Later, drama, text analysis, dancing (jazz, african american and contemporary), script writing, fencing and singing.

What has been your favorite role to play so far?

Jesus Christ and Mother Teresa of Calcuta in the play “Buscando a Hilary”. Jesus Christ because the director (Steve Ferrer) let me go crazy with the character playing something unexpected for an important figure such as JC. And Mother Teresa of Calcutta because she was a person with a strong character and that allowed me to push the limits to create a really funny personality.

What projects do you have coming up?

“Slices of Life” a one man show playing Charlie Chaplin and directed by Susan Batson in NYC. Also a movie with Cuban director Ricardo Bacallao

Who would be your ideal co-star and why?

Kate Winslet, for sure. She´s an extraordinary actress that can go through any kind of emotion or situation. And Joaquin Phoenix. I like that kind of pain he has in every character he plays, because I think it´s something universal.

What are your plans for the future?

I just want to be where I really feel good as an actor and believe me, NYC and Susan Batson are the best place and the best inspiration for me as an actor right now. My plans are to release my show with Susan, to shoot the movie with Ricardo and concrete some other projects that I´m getting involved with.

What is your advice to other aspiring artists?

First of all “Passion”, if you don´t have the passion for acting you´re never gonna make it. Second, don´t ever give up no matter what, paradise could be just around the corner but never, if you give up. Third, be the best actor you can be and play every role as if it would be the best you could get at that moment.

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