Carlotta is a young actress of the Italian TV series and cinema scene that is simply unique.
Bleached blonde hair, black eyes, and a beautiful smile that enchanted us from the very first moment, or rather fascinated us. At this job that has chosen her by chance but that now has become her choice, she decided to give a lot and yes, she is the protagonist of Netflix phenomenon “Suburra” that is coming with its second season.
With her, we talked about dreams, about the importance of giving something of yourself to a character and above all, as she says, of breaking up into a thousand pieces.
How was the passion for acting born?
It happened by chance, it’s not something I chose. It happened and I took it: now it’s different but when I started 4 years ago, it was a bit strange because I was doing something I didn’t choose and I didn’t really know how to “move.” Now it has become a choice.
What was your reaction when you found out that you had been chosen for “Suburra”?
I was terrified, I couldn’t be truly happy about because I was just too scared and I didn’t really enjoy the moment. I spent three days at home saying, “Oh my God, please no” and then I accepted the whole thing [laughs]. Then the adrenaline kicked in, but at the beginning, I was like, “no way.”
“I was terrified…Then the adrenaline kicked in.”
How will Angelica change between the 1st and 2nd season?
In the 2nd season at some point, she will take power, so her desire to become the queen of the family will come true. Surely it is a character who fulfills her dream and who takes charge.
How did you prepare for the role? Is there something of Angelica that you took with you over time and vice-versa?
How I got prepared I don’t know, but, certainly, I broke myself down: being a character that’s a bit “animal” I tried to find in my body and physicality an uncontrolled way to move, regardless of how I walked and of how I was with the posture, everything had been set free. I worked on my physicality more than anything else, and this led me to find a voice and an attitude.
I think we are the ones who leave something behind to the characters, if we were to take something away from them, it could be a problem [laughs]. Surely I gave so many things to Angelica, it’s a character who’s both naive and clever, she has many different sides.
“How I got prepared I don’t know, but, certainly, I broke myself down.”
After the movie, also the TV series “Suburra” has been a huge success: what do you think of platforms like Netflix that are changing the world of TV series and cinema?
I think Netflix is a very nice thing, but on the other side, we are a bit losing that “thing of going to the movies” and I’m sorry about that. For example, I still buy DVDs, and it’s like going to the theater, it’s a pleasure that unfortunately with Netflix we are losing because people prefer to stay at home. In my opinion it is a double-edged sword, on the one hand, it is interesting, it is nice that you can see everything immediately, but for the movies I do not know, I am a bit uncertain.
What’s your favorite series of all times and the last one you have binge-watched?
I have not seen many in my life but the one that got me hooked so far is “Peaky Blinders,” also “Black Mirror,” but the first one should definitely be a must-see.
“Peaky Blinders is a must-see”.
You also have a passion for music and you can sing …
I can sing but I do not sing. [laughs] It is a passion that I share with my sisters, we have always done it but without ever having studied it so much, but it is something that I would like to resume and learn how to do well because I have never had the courage to let this passion see the light of day.
Is there a song that you particularly like?
Not really, unfortunately being life made of periods and moments, every period that we live in has something different, for me, it all depends on the moment.
You are a young actress but you have already participated in some projects at an international level like “Suburra:” is there a project in which you felt freer to express yourself?
Yes, I think this happened with the TV series “Solo:” I got to work with directors who gave me a lot of freedom, in fact, it’s a very precious work for me. I felt a lot of freedom working there and when I watched it I could see not only my freedom but of the other actors’ as well. They left us free to do things as we felt we should do them.
Was there also a possibility to improvise?
Yes and I think you should always have room for improvisation. On that occasion, some unwritten things came out and it was very interesting.
“…I felt a lot of freedom working there and when I watched it I could see not only my freedom but of the other actors’ as well. “
Is there a character that you would like to play instead?
I don’t have a precise idea, certainly, characters that are more distant from us are those that we are more interested in doing. Playing a character that resembles us can be comfortable but the real challenge is having fun – breaking yourself down into a thousand pieces to glue them back together into something that is not minimally approachable to our personality. So any character who is on the other side.
What’s your must-have on set?
Cigarettes. [laughs] Plus, I always bring a bowl of cereals, I have this habit of carrying it everywhere.
“…breaking yourself down into a thousand pieces to glue them back together into something that is not minimally approachable to our personality.”
Can you tell us about your future projects, including “Suburra 2”?
About “Suburra,” actually, what happens in a striking way is what I said before: the story resumes immediately after the end of the first season, not much time has passed. The first part is more or less like the first season and then a kind of evolution takes place. Surely everything is a crescendo, for every character.
I know that “Bangla” is supposed to be released, but I do not know when yet. That was a nice project because the guy I worked with is also the director, the screenwriter and actor of the film, he’s a guy from Bangladesh and the story is very interesting: there’s this meeting between two different cultures and religions. It has been a learning experience on a human level, as well as on a working one. Then it is a light and friendly story that does not necessarily have to have a message. When going see this film you should not expect a moral, it is just a very beautiful and tender movie.
What does acting mean to you now?
It is not my life, acting is something that represents me, as well as my work. It is my second world, a quest, a discovery: it is a great thing and I’m only realizing it now. It’s also important because when you do this you do a great job on yourself, and I think it gave me a great thing: I learned not to have any more judgments, neither on others nor on myself. You can’t do this job if you judge everything around you and yourself because you need to let yourself go and you do not give a shit about how you are seen, it’s freedom. When I started I was very insecure and worried about many things, but then I exposed myself, I did a great job on myself and it’s a good feeling because you always feel naked in front of others and in any case you’re not afraid.