An interview with the beautiful an talented Mexican actress, Mariana Montes Sandoval about her upcoming projects.
Hi Mariana, so lovely to meet you. How and when did you first get into performing?
I come from a family of performers. My mother used to take me to the theater mostly every weekend; watching my relatives inspired me and I just got very curious about it. I wanted to be part of it as well. I was almost 11 years old when I went up on stage for the first time. I played Roxane in the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Definitely I´d start with my family. My uncle (Julio Sandoval) and cousins. Later I grew up watching Dustin Hoffman´s movies with my father and always wished to be like him. I love Kate Winslet as well. I would love to play the roles she´s been cast in.
What kind have training have you done?
I was trained for 3 years under the Stanislavki´s system in my acting school; back in México City (CASAZUL, Artes Escénicas Argos). Upon graduation, I moved to L.A looking to learn Strasberg´s Technique “The Method”, for I believe almost 10 months. I studied with one of the members of the Prestigious “Actor´s Studio” (Cathleen Leslie). I also took a Meisner technique workshop during my studies in California. It took me a while to understand this last one, as I felt I was doing nothing- but sometimes in acting, that´s the right thing to do. I take from each of the techniques I studied what I think works better for the character I´m working on. In the end, I believe each actor creates their own way to approach fiction. Whatever works; works!
What has been your favorite role to play so far an why?
The first one that pops into my head is “Rosy Jacobson” from Café-Deskfeinado by Mexican writer-director Antón Araiza. God knows I had fun with this woman! Apparently she´s a superficial, gold digger, selfish, strong woman, the type of person that never gets advice from anyone. Deep inside she feels lonely, lost and wants nothing but to find true love. On top of this, she´s the funniest. I loved “Rosy” because it challenges me on such a different level; I had never had an experience like this before, the director put us literally face to face with the audience. The way the show was directed was so intimate, I had no scape, it was pure adrenaline!
What projects do you have coming up?
I am about to start table reading on the upcoming film “Dream Shop” directed by Satoshi Kameoka, the shooting will take place at the beginning of October, in downtown L.A. I am also working with Mexican director Diego Bravo, on the writing of our upcoming Short film “Radiotlán”.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
James Franco, he´s talented and hot!
What are your plans for the future?
I want to keep developing my career in U.S. So far it´s been a great adventure! I also have many stories I want to write. I love the process of putting a project together. Hopefully getting to work with the most experienced in the industry!