A recent interview with the highly talented and beautiful actress and model, Turkey's own- Deniz Olgac!
Hi Deniz! How and when did you first get into performing?
The stage production that started my performing career was The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco. I remember being so mesmerized by ‘being’ on stage. I can clearly recall the butterflies in my stomach right before the lights went on (I was in the first scene) and I still get that feeling before every performance, be it on stage or in front of the camera. I caught the attention of a producer with my performance in The Bald Soprano and got cast in her TV series, Hepsi 1, which aired on a major Turkish network, and with that show, I signed my first contract with one of the biggest agencies in Turkey, Gaye Sokmen. Commercials and feature films followed. Gaye Sokmen also launched my modeling career.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I grew up with movies like Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Splash, Ghostbusters, ET, etc. These are the movies that made me fall in love with American cinema and I’ve had a strong urge to be in an American movie ever since. There was no question that I, at least, was going to try really hard to make this happen!
What kind of training have you done?
I trained as a stage actor with a degree in Dramatic Arts and Communication in Istanbul, Turkey and I recently graduated a one and a half year on-camera acting program at UCLA. I believe in the importance of constantly honing one’s craft and I am blessed, when time permits, to rehearse new scripted materials assisting in the workshop process of respected writers, directors and actors, here in Los Angeles.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
My favorite role is the character I play in my latest film, The Partner. I play a small- town girl that moves to the big city, Istanbul, hoping to create a world of her own, away from the limitations of a small town and her dysfunctional family. However, she ends up in a world of very destructive relationships. It’s a bitterly intense drama and the role of ‘Melek’ was a very complicated character with many psychological layers to dig into and I loved the challenge.
What projects do you have coming up?
I have a couple of feature films that I’m getting ready for, but I can’t give any details!
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
My ideal co-star would be an established actor/actress from whose rich experience I can learn more about my profession, as a young actress. That would be the ideal. I can easily think of many names that I would love to work with, in that sense: Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Christoph Waltz, Anthony Hopkins, Bryan Cranston, or Naomi Watts.
What are your plans for the future?
To keep learning for constant improvement, and to follow my dream and my passion of being a part of American cinema while I do my best to better my craft.
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
Test your limits and get out of your comfort zone! That’s when you will discover a kind of creativity that is so fresh, so unique!