A recent interview with the lovely Iranian/Australian actress, Salme Geransar, here's what she had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Salme Geransar and I am an Iranian born Australian actor. My family moved from Tehran to the Central Coast when I was 4 years old. I made my move to Sydney to train at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, when I was 20 years old. I currently live and work in Melbourne.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I was in my 2nd year of University studying Biotechnology when I decided it wasn't for me. The theory was interesting but I never enjoyed the lab work. I took some time off and found a local drama school to take some weekly classes. I was 19. I had never had any acting classes before (our school didn't offer drama classes) but it had always intrigued me.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspiration is my mum. She taught me to work hard and fight for what you want.
What kind have training have you done?
After discovering my passion for acting, I traveled to New York to train at the New York Film Academy. Shortly after returning to Sydney, I undertook the 3 year full time Actors course at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating, I've been taking ongoing screen acting classes and workshops with casting directors through the Australian Film and Television Academy and Brave Studios. I also completed the Batson/Strasberg course through 16th Street. I think it's important to be constantly learning and keeping your skills up for that next audition.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Recently in the film 'Wish' I played an Iranian woman held in an immigration detention center who meets an Australian man online. She marries him as a way to leave the camp, but instead of finding freedom, she is once again trapped, but this time in a violent relationship. The script was based on true events, so I felt a great responsibility to get the audience to connect with her and her story. I'm proud that this film brings social awareness. It doesn't just highlight the vulnerability of refugees and the desperate choices they are often forced to make, but also those who are trapped in domestic violence who aren't able to ask for help or don't have anyone to turn to.
What projects do you have coming up?
I'm writing a short film, which I'm really excited about, I think it's important for actors to create their own work. It's about a brother and sister who were separated at an early age by their parent's divorce and grew up in different cultures. A tragic event leads them to reunite 10 years later.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
There are so many amazing actors I would love to work with. The obvious ones just to name a few: Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Maggie Smith, Geoffrey Rush...they all make such interesting choices and are so versatile. I'd love to just be on set with them and watch how they work!
What are your plans for the future?
Like so many Australian actors, I want to make the move to LA. It's sad because I'd love to stay and work in Australia but unfortunately we have a very small industry in comparison and there isn't much diversity in casting. In LA, I'm hoping I can audition more frequently, in Australia I'd be lucky to get one audition a month.
What is your advice to other actresses getting into the industry?
Work hard and don't give up. I've seen so many talented actors give up in the first few years after graduating because they couldn't get representation or auditions. It's a tough industry, so be prepared for rejections.