An interview with a truly talented and beautiful actress, Holland’s own Gwen Albers.
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hi, my name is Gwen Albers, I was born in Holland. I’ve been focusing on acting in the US for two and a half years.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I practically grew up on stage. As a young girl, all I wanted was to become a dancer. When I was nine years old, I was selected to join the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam. After nine years of training, I was then offered a contract with one of the world’s leading ballet companies: The Dutch National Ballet. I danced all the major classical ballet pieces for about seven years, but slowly my interest for dance started to shift and I wanted to expand my horizons beyond the restricted ballet world.
My first acting job was working in commercials Acting was a liberating experience. I no longer had to focus on perfection. I was now given the chance to explore the imperfections of human behavior and allow them to exist by using my voice. This was the best career move and I never looked back.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Directors like Fabienne Berthaud (Pied nus sur les images) and Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road) have been of great inspiration to me. They capture the rawness of life in their films. When I see their work, I know why I do what I do.
What kind of training have you done?
I trained at the Theater School in Amsterdam, The Ivana Chubbuck studios in Los Angeles, and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
The role of Una in Frank MC Guiness’s play The Factory Girls. The 70 year old Irish woman felt so far away from me at first. I researched for days and walked for weeks with sand bags on my heels to create her grounded, heavy movements. I received help from a vocal coach to master her old Irish voice. I believe I “found” her in the end. She turned out to be closer to me then I had imagined. It was a real joy becoming her every night.
What projects do you have coming up?
I just finished shooting a short film by Elena Dalmasso in Italy to be released this fall. It’s about a couple who visits Milan attempting to save their marriage, but slowly ends up drifting further apart. In November, I will be shooting the feature film Overexposed by Juan David Castilla in NYC and Bogota, Columbia. I’m very excited about this project. I will be tackling the leading role of Joan: a woman who has been attacked and is trying to find a way to overcome this dreadful event in her life.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Juliette Binoche and Kate Winslet are two women I admire a lot because of their capability to transform and surrender to their character’s given circumstances. Having the opportunity to work with them would be a dream come true.
What are your plans for the future?
This year has been busy. I’m hoping to continue like this. The more I work the more I feel I grow and develop myself. I’m looking forward to working with various directors and taking on new and challenging projects.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Dedicating yourself to an acting career is a difficult path and it requires a lot of sacrifices. You need endurance to achieve your dreams and you have to fully believe in them if you want them to come true.