There are many performers who have that special something to reach the level of superstardom. Lucia Lopes is one of them. Here is what she had to share with the readers:
How and when did you first get into performing?
When I was 10, my father enrolled me into the Conservatory of Music in Setubal. Originally, I wanted to be a singer. A couple of years later, I saw a flyer for Company of Theatre Gato. A well known theater my parents had taken me to, to see professional live theater many times. When I got there, oh man I was nervous. There was a whole block long line of people. Some girls that looked just like me. I ended up getting cast in the lead role, even though it was meant for an adult. When my parents saw me, I was so proud. That’s when I knew what I wanted to do with my life.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Marlon Brando. My father had all of his movies. I’ll never forget his speech as Mark Antony, in Julius Caesar. Meryl Streep. She does such great accents and who can forget the courtroom scene in Kramer vs Kramer? Then, of course Woody Allen. A writer/director/actor. I can’t think of a better combination.
What kind of training have you done?
After my debut performance at Company of Theatre Gato, the director of the acting company, Mario Primo enrolled me in a rigorous actor and training program, where I trained 10 hours a week. From there, I went on to Escola Profissional de Teatro de Cascais, the premier performing arts high school in Lisbon, and that opened a lot of doors for me. When I graduated, I got my first professional acting job, the lead role in Exemplars Crimes, written by Max Aub. From there, I went on to Brazil, where I attended University Estacio, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Acting, while steadily working in film and television. But still, I wasn’t satisfied. I returned to Portugal, to attend Escola Superior da Musica e das Artes do Espectaculo, where I received an additional bachelor’s degree. Since then, I’ve trained exclusively for film, at both Harold Washington College, in Chicago, and locally, at Los Angeles City College.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
It would have to be a toss-up between playing Juliet at Harold Washington Theater, and the film I did last year called Burn Your Saints, where I worked with a great cast and crew.
What projects do you have coming up?
I can’t go into specifics, but I am up for a supporting role in a major motion picture. My manager has told me to keep it quiet. Additionally, I’m always working on my own film projects. Right now, I’m working on a script about two estranged sisters who eventually find each other.
Who would be your ideal co-star, and why?
Julia Roberts in a family drama. I could play her daughter, being raised in another country.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to direct, and tour with an acting company, throughout the United States, performing original live theater shows for children.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Make strong theatrical choices. Acting is about the choices you make. It’s not what life, or the stage, or the other actors give you, but how you react to it.