Stephanie Gil is a citizen of the world. Her talent has taken her to work in relevant productions worldwide, and she always does her best to portray an honest look of each character she has to embody.
Since she began acting at an early age, some aspects of her career may have started as a game, but this young actress has been working hard to accomplish her goals, give her best with every role, and stay positive in a world that rarely is as we expect it to be.
So, I invite you to know more about Stephanie Gil and her upcoming projects in this exclusive interview the talented actress gave to Vanity Teen.
It started as a game
VT: What would you like to tell us about your life, and how did you get into acting?
SG: I have always loved watching movies and shows, also dressing up as different people and characters. That passion was always there since I was little. When I was nine, I joined a theater school and played the role of Alice in Alice in Wonderland. That experience made me realize just how much I love acting and immersing myself in each character as well as telling stories. From then on, I knew that this was something I would love to do forever.
VT: Since you started performing in films and plays while still being a little girl, did you change your perception of acting as you grew up? How so?
SG: It has always been something exciting for me, being on set, surrounded by professionals, learning and telling stories through my characters. It started as a game, but I always knew I had to give it my all and be focused since so many people depend on it.
VT: Terminator: Dark Fate was a magnificent opportunity to be part of one of the most famous movie legacies we know. How do you recall that experience?
SG: It was amazing, my first international shoot. I was also lucky enough to travel to LA and Budapest. I’d feel eternally grateful to have filmed this spectacular movie and for meeting Arnold (Schwarzenegger ) in the makeup truck. He gave me a lot of advice, and I learned a lot from him, from Linda (Hamilton), and from McKenzie (Davies). It was such a special shoot for me, and I will always treasure it.
I love challenges
VT: You also have been part of some projects based on real-life events and specific periods of history. How do those previous works help you see the role of women in current societies with a fresh perspective?
SG: It is a big responsibility to carry such huge roles since some of them were real-life stories. I researched a lot and talked with the director about how to accurately represent these characters; with me being more modern, it was a challenge, but I love challenges when it comes to acting since I learn a lot. Since Fatima was a period movie from 1917, I saw the enormous differences in society in regard to women, and this also made me see the contrast between those years and nowadays.
VT: The film Fatima has also put you to work alongside well-known and experimented actors. What have you learned from such an experience?
SG: Fatima has been a great learning experience for me. While filming it, I could talk and learn from the whole cast and crew. Since it was my first movie in a lead role, I was on the set every day, so that helped me get to know everyone and make new friendships. It was so special since every day walking into the set made me feel safe and warm, like being at home. Joaquim (de Almeida) gave me tips and told me that he knew seven languages and how that was crucial for acting.
With Lucia (Moniz), who played my mother, when we did our emotional scenes, it was easy because we already had this strong bond and connection off-screen; so, when it came to filming, the emotions flowed easily; it was great!
I had previously watched Goran (Visnjic) in a TV show, and once I met him, he was so nice and down to earth. I had so much fun with him on set because he is very funny and sometimes used the props on set and made jokes. I learned a lot from him too.
VT: What can you share with us about your upcoming projects?
SG: Some exciting news is that this autumn I will start shooting the feature film Who Will Remember. It is a lead role, and I am so happy because the story is so interesting. I love doing projects like these since they are based on true events which recall the life of Alice Zerahian and what she went through. I also have just been confirmed for my first leading project in French, and I am super happy because it is a language and culture I love.
VT: How do you preserve mental health?
SG: The truth is that my parents have always supported and accompanied me throughout this process. They have taught me to be humble and grateful for every opportunity I get. They have helped me immensely through this journey traveling with me everywhere and telling me to enjoy the little things in life and not take this for granted. I feel so grateful for having them by my side and helping me whenever I need them.
VT: What do you like to do in your spare time?
SG: I love reading in my spare time because it transports me to other worlds, and I learn so much from it. I also like to watch series and movies with my family. We have a ritual: once a week, we watch a documentary or film together and then analyze and discuss it. I also love writing stories, singing, and dancing.
VT: Which message do you have for all those who might be facing difficult times?
SG: It is important to stay positive and to find good things in small details that help us move forward. Also, it’s important to ask for help from relatives or friends to avoid feeling alone, to share your thoughts with others, and not keep it all bottled up.
VT: Anything else you would like to share with Vanity Teen?
SG: I would like to encourage young people like me to chase their dreams. Always aim for your goals and never give up on them despite what others may say. Love yourself. Thank you, Vanity Teen, for this opportunity. It has been amazing to talk with you!
Before we go
Stephanie Gil has such good-heartedness that you can only fall deep into her eyes and see the beauty inside of her. Her work portraying women from history has helped her be more aware of the many things people, and especially women, have had to deal with, even nowadays. So, part of her message is to invite all of us to stay awake, look for information, and recognize that in this life, some have divided the world, and we should be the ones who eliminate the boundaries that put us apart; the generation that erases inequality.
You can follow her on social media @stephaniegilok to find out more about her, stay tuned with the premiere of the film Who Will Remember, and enjoy the rest of the surprises she has on the way.
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