Interviews with Iris Svis and Liliana Isella

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INTERVIEW WITH IRIS SVIS

Hi Iris!! It’s a great pleasure to have you as our guest on Vocespettacolo.com. Lets’ start from the first question.. Let’s have a jump into the past. What was your dream since when you were a kid? What would you like to do?
Hi Vito. My pleasure!
When I was really young I wanted to be a dancer. I’ve danced Russian folk when I was five or six. All I remember is that I enjoyed every minute being on stage, mainly because I knew that my parents would be in the audience watching me and I wanted them to be proud of me.

Who is Iris Svis?
A person with a very strong core underneath my fragile appearance. Someone who can overcome difficulties, because of the endless trust and believe in myself.

Can you tell us about your passions?
I listen to classical music. Sometimes by playing the piano I can transport myself in a different world. Please don’t take my words literally, I am not hallucinating; it’s just the idea of playing with the eyes closed and imagining that you are in some other place. I like different types of dancing, from ballet to modern which lately I’m practicing a lot. And I love animals because they love you without an agenda. And I love my cat Keesa, she’s my furry flower.

Can you tell us about what you do in your life?
A few years ago I fell in love with acting. I’m studying at the Jocelyn Jones Studio in Hollywood and shooting commercials and movies. I’m still modeling, but after fifteen years I’m more focused on acting and producing. This last year I produced a TV Pilot about modeling, Monday Coffee, that I co-wrote with Liliana (Isella). Right now it’s been edited and soon we’ll try to pitch it to different networks. And,
this month I’ve also produced a short ballet drama, Lilly & James, that Liliana wrote after a bestselling novel by James Frey. We got an Academy Award nominated director on board, Matia Karrell, and the footage looks great. We’re looking forward to seeing it edited. And we have other projects in the doing; next we’d like to producer a full length ballet drama.

What life has taken away from yourself and what has it added up to now?…And in your work?
Life took away from me… my perception of normal. The most common perception of normal, if there is one. I never fit in that concept of normal, neither in Russia or anywhere else. After living in LA for a while I understood that there is such a thing as being happy with who you are and where you’re at. And that’s what I gained, from life.

The truth from heart can be told to people?…can they be useful for being better known?
After many years I still find myself trying to prove something to my parents, make them proud of me, but it’s not that important and painful anymore. I am getting better and better at it.

Three things that need to be present in your life.
My career as an actress, a strong partner who understands and supports me as much as I understand and accept him for who he is, and my best friends with whom I share my career, values and projects, just like I do with Liliana.

Is life always better than a nice movie?
Yes. Life is always more beautiful, because it’s not perfect and unpredictable. I am always excited to wake up every day without knowing what’s in front of me.

Do you comply more to your head or to your heart?
Head, I guess. Maybe because my heart got me in trouble so many times before… only in very selected circumstances I let my heart speak.

Without dreams you can not…
…you cannot live your live fully.

 

INTERVIEW WITH LILIANA ISELLA

Hi Liliana!! It’s a great pleasure to have you as our guest on Vocespettacolo.com. Lets’ start from the first question.. Let’s have a jump into the past. What was your dream since when you were a kid? What would you like to do?
Hi Vito! Thank you for having us! At twelve I watched Twin Peaks, the TV series directed by David Lynch, and all I wanted to do after was to move to Hollywood and win an Academy Award. The dream has never changed. And now, having an Academy Award nominated director filming our first movie – short ballet drama Lilly & James – makes me look back and smile at that twelve year old’s dreams. Indeed, she knew what she wanted. At the same time, I can see all her illusions. The Los Angeles she was dreaming of was made of absolute perfection. I wanted to escape imperfection. Imperfection has always been too painful, for me. I still have a hard time dealing with it. And, life is full of it.

Who is Liliana Isella?
A dreamer. A fighter. A dancer.

Can you tell us about your passions?
Ballet indeed. I found it later in life. I discovered it here in Los Angeles through a Vaganova dancer and teacher. I started it as a hobby and now I’m teaching and writing ballet movies. Who would have known. In Italy I did gymnastics preprofessionally and trained with the professional team until I was sixteen. After I quit gymnastics I always felt I was half of who I could be, until I found ballet.
Ballet is where I am close to God. Oh, that’s what I was dreaming of being before I watched Twin Peaks: I was dreaming to become a nun! Thanks for asking me this question. Funny enough, I’ve just finished a screenplay, a thriller, which has a very unique nun as leading character. She’s also my homage to one of my favorite characters of our Italian Literature, the Monaca di Monza in the Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni. You are probably familiar with that.

Can you tell us about what you do in your life?
Lately I’m transitioning full time into dance and movies: I’m taking over the dance studio I teach at and with Iris we’re finally starting to produce our projects. This year we produced our short ballet drama Lilly & James and our TV pilot about modeling, Monday Coffee. Both are currently being edited. And we have two full length movies to produce, a ballet drama and a thriller. Wish us good luck!

What’s the best and worst aspect of your job?
As long as I do what I love, I’m the luckiest person on earth. But in order to support yourself you’re not gonna do what you love all the time. That’s the hardest part.

About job proposals, what’s the one you’d absolutely refuse, and the one you’d like to receive but you still haven’t?
I don’t exclude anything. I try to attract the best. Be at my best and attract the best.

Do you really believe in what you do?…Do you really do what you believe in?
I wish! Not really, though! This is my tenth year in Los Angeles. The first ones I was just working night and day as restaurant hostess to support myself and in between I was just attending ballet classes and I wrote all my screenplays – the thriller, the ballet drama and
the short ballet drama we’ve just filmed. I was also writing poems and short stories that were published in Los Angeles magazines and on my blog, www.lilamagazine.com. Iris had a dating column in there too. The path toward your dreams is not as perfectly linear as I thought it was when I was twelve!

What life has taken away from yourself and what has it added up to now?…And in your work?
Life took away most of my illusions. But that’s even the biggest gift because, if you keep fighting for them, than you know they are more real than the reality you were trying to escape.

What can a dream be useful for? Have you got many?
The dream is where you shape yourself and the reality around you in beauty. The dream is the essence of a real fighter.

What’s happiness for Liliana?
Loving animals. Practicing art. Sharing everything I have.

 

http://lilamagazine.com/

Photo: Vittorino Balbino.

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