An in depth interview with actress, model and executive producer- Erika Garces.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started modelling when I was 15 in my hometown Quito and also dancing salsa and hip hop, moved to England the following year to continue both and fell in love with it.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I always admired Meryl Streep and Penelope Cruz, each with their own style but always great in the camera, their professionalism and passion. In dancing I admire Pina Bausch.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I would like to share the screen with Penelope Cruz, but if I were to play her relative, I don't think I'll be ever able to do her accent. Love it!
How did you receive this critical back injury?
I am a very disciplined artist, but I have learned it has it's limits. I guess I was pushing too much on the acrobatics and dancing performances.
You are slated for many public appearances in the upcoming months into next year; will this injury affect these plans?
Yes, I had scheduled two fashion shows, a music video and a short film in the upcoming months, but they had to be either cancelled or postponed.
There is a possibility that you might have surgery next month, how are you feeling about that?
Yes. It's something I've been avoiding the past two years, but I'm not getting better with the treatments and therapy so it's being discussed at the moment the possibility for it.
There are many athletes and performers who lose their career and fame following serious injuries, are you worried about this? In the case that you are unable to dance anymore, how would you seek to further your career in entertainment?
I worry about dancing again. It's been a while since I had to put it on the side for this, but I'm hopeful. In any case I will still be doing my acting work. I have big aspirations in the acting world. I've learned many valuable things at Stella Adler which I'm very grateful for, and that motivates me greatly.
We all have our setbacks in life but the difference is how we handle these unfortunate situations, what is your motivation going into this surgery? What keeps you optimistic?
My passion. I don't think an injury can stop me from pursuing it even more. I love what I do. This is a rock on the way.
You are talented Ecuadorian woman and I know many young aspiring performers would love to receive guidance from you, what advice would you give to these young talents?
Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. But when they do, don't treat it as if it's the only one. Be dedicated and professional with your work, after all it's your passion you're following.