Interview with the actress Marina Salas
- Marina, you entered the world of interpretation when you were very young. How were your first steps? Have you always known that you were going to dedicate yourself to this?
When I was very little, I always said that I wanted to be an actress, I had devotion for everything related to cinema and show business. I went to the theatre a lot with a friend of the family, I remember very much La Fura dels Baus. When I was 14 or 15 years old, I signed up for an acting school on weekends and for all the agencies in Barcelona, and I started to go on my own to the casting that called me. I always had a lot of initiative, but at the beginning it is always difficult for your environment to believe in it if they are not used to that reality, and that can also influence you.
- How would you define your evolution as an actress and as a person taking into account the age at which you started acting: What has most marked you or on which the development of your personality has been based?
I am so grateful to have been able to work on the projects I've worked on...! Thanks to my profession I have been able to meet exceptional people, and live experiences that otherwise I know I would not have been able to. I love this profession and having been able to grow in it has been a privilege.
- Has the cinema exceeded your expectations? Is there anything that disappointed you and what surprised you the most?
Shooting is never like the general idea of cinema. Reality is often different from what you imagine. I try, as far as possible, not to have too many expectations... It sounds like a cliché, but I live much happier, reminding me that my responsibility is to do my job as well as possible and to be grateful every day.
- Tell us a little about the series you are recording for Netflix (Hache). What is your role in the series?
Hache is set in Barcelona in the 1960s when the port of Barcelona was a strategic point of entry and exit for heroin. My character is Silvia, the partner of the inspector who investigates the smuggling case, Eduardo Noriega. They are strong and very contemporary women that Verónica Fernández has written in this series.
- It's not your first appearance on Netflix since we were able to see you last year on Ibiza, a feature film of the platform. How is working for Netflix? Is there really any difference between work for this platform or work for more conventional media?
Ibiza was different because it was an American production, but I think the audiovisual paradigm is changing entirely. Everything has changed so much in the last 5 years that I think it has more to do with each particular project than with the platforms or the production.
- Which ones have marked you the most on a personal level?
They all mark you and it's incredible when you look back and see how one without the other had no sense of being.
- You are currently combining theatre (Mi querida señorita) and the filming of a series (Hache). What do you prefer: the small screen or the live theatre? What does one give you that the other doesn't give you?
I really like to combine. They are different loves, different experiences... I love both of them, I don't want to stay with just one.
- The role of women in cinema has been difficult. Do you think productions are progressing and are given more prominence, or do we still have a lot to do?
We're in an incredible moment, hopefully it grows and has more and more deeply and truly development.
- What advice would you give to women who want to dedicate themselves to this profession, directors, screenwriters, producers, actresses, etc.?
I suppose I would tell them what I say to myself. Let them not judge each other or compare themselves, let them appreciate, value and treasure the talents they have because that is the healthiest and most joyful path to creation. And even if it seems obvious, enjoy the profession.
- And finally, what would you recommend from present cinema?
Speaking of women, films by directors such as Isabel Coixet, Mia-Hansen Love, Claudia Llosa, Jane Champion, Nadine Labaki... and so many others all over the world!