Actress Marianne Bourg shares her philosophies on acting and remaining true to herself!
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started acting when I was twelve in our high school theater company. Later, I joined Luxembourg's National Academy of Dramatic Arts where I studied for four years.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations, when you were growing up?
I really love Cate Blanchett. She has had such an astonishing career and portrayed such a wide range of characters. She is not afraid of breaking new ground and she is always remarkable in every role she plays.I also really admire Viola Davis for similar reasons- she has such an amazing work ethic and she gives herself 100% to her character, it’s fascinating to watch. Then also of course, I love Meryl Streep. She is fascinating, unpredictable, enigmatic and powerful all at the same time.What I also like about all those actresses, is that they are very down to earth and natural. They don’t try to get noticed for anything else other than their acting and hard work and they are respected in their art. I really admire that.
What kind of training have you done?
I am mostly classically trained in theater. I started getting into acting for film over the past few years as I took classes in Paris and then here in L.A.
What has been your favorite role to play so far and why?
I wrote my own short film a couple months ago (Silent Voices) and it was very interesting to be able to create a character from scratch and then perform it. Then, I am also currently in a play called The Purge – Fear the Night at the Variety Arts Theater in DTLA. The concept is a little different than regular plays, because it is interactive, so the audience gets to move through the theater on five different levels and you get to interact and be among actors and action. It’s really tiring because we are basically “on stage” for 2 hours straight and there is also a lot of improvisation involved, but it’s very rewarding and it keeps you on your toes.
What projects do you have coming up?
My short film, Silent Voices, was screened at the SoCal Film Festival on the 27th of September, which was enormously exciting and people really seemed to enjoy it, which was amazing to hear. I have also been working on an indie feature called The Toy Soldiers with an amazing cast and crew. Then, I am also going to be on stage in the play Picasso’s Women in November and December at the Luna Playhouse, and we are also planning on performing the play in London at a future date, which is really exciting.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I like working with people that are passionate about the arts and their craft. I really draw from other people’s energy and dedication and it’s really inspiring to work with great actors who love what they’re doing. I want to have a co-star who makes me want to always keep improving myself and who pushes and challenges me. I guess it’s like a relationship really.
What are your plans for the future?
I can’t say I have a clear path or plan all figured out. I just really trust my gut that I’ll make the best decisions possible in the given moment. I really just want to be able to do what I love for the rest of my life and be able to live from acting. I have been to university and got a degree, but I realize that I can’t imagine myself doing anything else than acting. I know it’s the only job that will really keep my going everyday. My plan is just to always feel like I’m moving and improving my skills. I don’t want to feel like I’m ever stagnate!
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
I believe it’s the same thing I would say to any person really: remain true to yourself. Be humble. Don't take anything or anyone for granted. Don’t be entitled. Be grateful. Do what you love and love what you do. Don't complain. Don’t lose your value. Be truthful, be honest, be kind.
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