An interview with incredibly talented and humble Brazilian actor, Rodrigo Brand. Here's what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Brazilian Actor- Rodrigo Brand.
How and when did you first get into performing?
My first experience was in theatre. At the time, I was still a Psychologist and a friend of mine and co-worker told me that I should be an actor instead. She brought me a piece of newspaper with an audition for Romeo and Juliet. This was 2004. There were hundreds of people there for the audition and there were only two or three roles available. I remembered that I thought to myself "what am I doing here? This is crazy, I should just go home". I stayed there for some reason, did the audition and I got one of the parts. After that, everything fell into place. I started studying acting and I booked other parts for theatre and then commercials and films.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Actors like Al Pacino and Roberto De Niro were always big inspirations, to me. I still remember the effect of their performances in the movie "Heat" directed by Michael Mann. After I started studying, I went back in time and Marlon Brando and James Dean became a reference right away. Then other amazing actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Jack Nicholson, Edward Norton, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, James Franco. So many. Brazilian actors as well. I always liked Rodrigo Santoro, Selton Mello, Wagner Moura. Ricardo Darin and Javier Barden are big inspirations in all their work and also actresses like Meryl Streep, Juliette Binoche and Cate Blanchett. Lately I've been following the work of Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling. As you can see there are many great actors. I also look for inspiration in comedians, musicians and other artists, like poets and painters and even athletes.
What kind of training have you done?
I started with music when I was kid, but I dropped out because I didn't think I had a great talent for it. When I started studying acting, the music kind of came back into my life, professionally speaking. I trained a lot in martial arts out of passion, and with that came a little of dancing as well. Strangely as it might sound, they are very connected. I also studied directing and writing because I thought it would make me a better actor, and it does indeed. And now being in a foreign country came the urge and the need to study languages. In acting, I studied a lot of different perspectives on theatre, devised, viewpoints, bretch, realistic, intimate, etc. Theatre is a home, but of course I also have studied camera for commercial, tv and cinema.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
When I decided to become an actor I dreamed about playing Hamlet. I was about 25 years old at the time and I thought to myself that maybe at 35, I would be more prepared to do it. Well, in the beginning of this year, I had the chance to perform the famous monologue "To be or not to be" in a meeting between Hamlet and Romeo in the play "Plays in the Park" directed by Brian Connors. That was a great satisfaction for me. Still, I hold the dream to do the whole play. Shakespeare is passion, so being in Romeo and Juliet as Montague and A midsummer night's dream as Demetrius were definitely some of the memorable roles I have performed so far, as well.
What projects do you have coming up?
I'm writing a feature film called "Play Bill", that is about a modern William Shakespeare trying to make a living out of writing in today's world and I intend to play a role in it. I'm also working on the scripts for three short films in which I have roles, "Nice to meet you", "Heart" and "The Leap". The last one is extra special because it's the screenplay of my first written play that was performed in festivals in Brazil.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
All the actors that I named as inspirations would be ideal for obvious reasons, they are an inspiration, but I would love to also act in projects with my teachers if I have the opportunity. I am very fortunate in this matter, I had and still am studying with great teachers/actors.
What are your plans for the future?
Study, study, study, work, work, work. It is a passion, so it makes sense. My plan for life is to write good stories and pledge roles in them.
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
I would say to them, the glamor that you see is just an illusion. This business is about work and investment. Be prepared, study, make friends, enjoy the ride, produce yourself and stick around. If it is a passion, if you love it, you'll make it. It has been working for me.