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Within the realm of contemporary cinema – A chat with Marta Gastini

By Mira Postolache

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Within the realm of contemporary cinema, Marta Gastini emerges as a luminous force, breathing life into complex and multifaceted characters with a rare depth and authenticity. As the spotlight shines on her latest cinematic endeavor, Zamora by Neri Marcoré, which will make its debut on cinema screens in April, Gastini assumes the role of a captivating and emancipated woman, captivating audiences with her magnetic portrayal.

In a captivating dialogue with Vanity Teen, Marta Gastini transcends the confines of conventional celebrity interviews to engage in a thought-provoking exploration of both professional and personal realms.  Despite her youth, Gastini’s cinematic journey spans an impressive fifteen years, a testament to her enduring talent and unwavering dedication to her craft. Celebrated for her chameleonic ability to seamlessly navigate diverse genres and languages, Gastini’s performances transcend geographical borders, enchanting audiences around the globe and earning her a reputation as a versatile and enigmatic talent.

Her artistic evolution is a captivating narrative in itself, from her early collaboration with the legendary Anthony Hopkins in The Rite to her recent critically acclaimed roles in projects such as Io sono Vera and Quattro Metà. Each role is a testament to her extraordinary versatility and her innate ability to infuse her characters with an unparalleled depth and authenticity that leaves a lasting imprint on viewers and collaborators alike. As she prepares to grace the stage in the highly anticipated production of Il Son and enrapture audiences once more in Zamora, Marta Gastini stands as a beacon of cinematic excellence—a rare fusion of talent and beauty that transcends the superficial to reach the heart of true artistry. 

In an exclusive conversation with Vanity Teen, Gastini invites us into her world, offering a glimpse into the profound nuances of her craft and the unwavering passion that propels her forward on her artistic journey.

You made your Hollywood debut at a young age in the film “The Rite,” working alongside veteran actor Anthony Hopkins. How did this experience impact your growth as an actress, and what valuable lessons did you learn from working with such an accomplished actor?

I was 19 when I had the privilege to meet and work with Anthony Hopkins. The Rite was the fourth project I ever worked on as an actress. I felt ready for the part but so small compared to the importance of the project and cast! I got the part after two auditions among girls coming from all over Europe. I still remember director Mikael Hafstrom saying “I hope to see you soon” when shaking my hand at the end of the audition. I played Rosaria, a girl  possessed by the devil who had been the victim of the violence of her own father. Not an easy task but one of those opportunities that might not come around a second time. Anthony Hopkins has been an incredibly generous, carefull, respectful, easygoing, powerfull, magnetic, hilarious set companion. He would give his best even if not on camera in order to help other actors’ performances. He would give you advice with such respect that you’d beg him to give you more. He would laugh in between takes then get back to the scene with such depth and power that left me speechless every time. What I learnt from him is that the actors’ job is a very serious game. You need to do the work in advance and get to set so ready that you can allow yourself to just follow your guts, be yourself and have fun.

“Borgia” was a groundbreaking international TV series, and you played the role of Giulia Farnese. Can you share with us how you prepared for this role, and what challenges and rewards came with portraying a historical character in a critically acclaimed series?

Giulia Farnese was the young mistress of Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander the sixth played in the series by John Doman. Giulia was an incredibly smart and strong woman who realized the power a woman could have in a men’s world and was able to make the fortune of her family. I made the choice of portraying Giulia not only as cunning and manipulative, I saw her almost as a politician taking care of family and house politics and I also decided to portray her as truly in love with Rodrigo and her family, especially her brother Alessandro. Tom Fontana thank’s to his historical research and his talent in writing gave us all powerful material to work with. I believe one of the biggest challenges was to play an entire series in English, I knew the language pretty well but wasn’t used to working in English all day every day trying to respect the way of speaking of the late 1400s. As far as rewards, the love people from all over the world showed and keep showing to me and my Giulia is the best reward I could wish for. 

Working under the direction of Dario Argento, you took on the role of seducing Dracula in “Dracula 3D.” How did you approach reinventing this iconic character, and what attracted you to the project? Did working on a horror film present any unique challenges for you as an actress?

Dario Argento after seeing my work in “The Rite” wanted to meet me in person to offer me the part of Mina Harker. I must confess I was thrilled but also terrified by the challenge! The idea of working with Maestro Dario Argento attracted me immediately and also the idea of portraying a character that is in fact many characters, on one side a typical Victorian woman, on the other a seductive woman who feels a powerful attraction to Dracula but also has the strength to save herself without the help of a man defeating Count Dracula at the end of the movie. Creating my Mina I decided to read Bram Stoker’s novel and watch Coppola’s Dracula and the one played by Bela Lugosi trying to steal from each source what I liked and wanted to transfer in my performance. 

I didn’t find any unique challenges linked specifically to the genre of the movie, I love working in horror films and hope to do more. 

In the directorial debut of Simone Gandolfo’s “Evil Things,” you participated in a film that marks a shift in your career. Can you talk about the importance of diversifying your roles and the impact that this experience had on your perspective as an actress?

I love diversifying my roles. I believe it is a great privilege to have the chance to explore oneself through different stories, personalities, genres, looks. In “Evil Things” I played an emo girl that lost her twin sister and I loved her look, her silences, her low voice, her gaze.. She is another one of my characters that is able to save herself with her only strength. The movie was a very low budget in which all the cast and small crew felt the desire to work together helping one another. I remember that one day I started helping the make-up artist and did the makeup of the other actors to get to set as soon as possible. I believe in the importance of such experience in which a less structured project corresponds to a strong freedom and team support.

“Questi Giorni” directed by Giuseppe Piccioni showcases your talent at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. Can you share your thoughts on being a part of such a prestigious festival and the unique challenges and opportunities that come with being in a competition film? How did you prepare for your role and contribute to the overall vision of the project?

The Venice Film Festival was a great stage to present our beloved film but quite the blender as well! I remember replying to many different interviews all day for two days then crying before walking the red carpet then taking the ferry and train to go back home in a melting pot of emotions. 

For the role of Caterina I put the focus on the loneliness I felt at that time, on my difficulties to be around people and my desire to hide myself, to be “in places where there is no trace of my past” as Caterina says in the film. Sometimes the roles you get truly talk about who you are in that moment. Giuseppe Piccioni was a great guide, he asked me to work on my voice to try and lower it and also told me to think of myself as Denzel Washington to try to perceive myself as masculine, with a heavier body, with a low voice. 

You have shown versatility by working on both comedies such as “Wife and Husband”, “Welcome Back President!” and the Amazon Prime series “Tutta Colpa di Freud” as well as dramatic and intense roles. Can you discuss your approach to different genres, and how do you adapt your acting style to suit each project? Is there a particular genre you feel more comfortable with or enjoy exploring?  

I’ve never put limits to the chance to explore different genres, on the contrary it’s always been a goal of mine. Instinctively I’ve always felt more comfortable with dramatic roles but in the past few years I started enjoying comedy more and more and that’s why I wish I’ll have the chance to explore it further. The script analysis and work on the character is the same for every genre (as my teacher Ivana Chubbuck always says there is a lot of pain in comedy) but comedy has a specific rhythm and code that I’m learning and making mine. One day I really hope to also go back to horror and test myself on crime and action!

“Io sono Vera” directed by Beniamino Catena revolves around your character as the protagonist. Can you talk about the character development process and the emotional journey you had to undertake for this film? How did this role challenge you as an actress, and what did you find most satisfying or rewarding about bringing Vera’s story to life?

Vera is a character I loved. She is a 10 year old girl at the beginning of the story when she disappears. She comes back a few years later but instead of being a teenager she is a 30 year old girl with no memory about her past! Wow, right? She is an alien, a freak. She is a young girl and a woman. She is human but has a supernatural aspect to her, she survived space-time travel. In building the character I tried to be all that choosing when to be what. But at the core of it she just wants to be loved and accepted.. we all can connect to that. Beniamino Catena also gave me musical suggestions and cinematic references to help me connect with the atmosphere he wanted to create. I believe the character of Vera  would deserve further development.. Why not a series!

Looking ahead, what are some of your aspirations for your future projects? Are there any specific types of characters or genres that you would like to explore further? How do you envision your acting career evolving in the coming years?

I would love to play an unorthodox detective or lawyer. Strong women with a dark side. But I would also love to play in a romantic comedy. Pretty schizophrenic aspirations, hahaha. I would love to work internationally again. My dream for the past years has been to work with Darren Aronowsky. I also would love to start developing projects. My mother is a novelist, Rossana Balduzzi, and her stories are so strong! We are currently turning her Giuseppe Borsalino biography into a series.

Also, just recently I started feeling an urge to tell a story and I am now thinking of writing it… 

Can you share any advice or words of wisdom that you have gained throughout your acting journey for aspiring actors? What key lessons or experiences have shaped your approach to your craft, and what advice would you give to those looking to make a name for themselves in the industry?

To be honest.. I really don’t know. There are no rules in this industry and most of the time I still feel in need of advice. The only thing I learnt is that in order to be a resourceful actor you need to nurture your body, mind and spirit. These are your instruments and they need to be clean and working well. You need to work on yourself as a person, living life with curiosity and an open mind, giving yourself permission to be happy and believing in yourself because if you don’t nobody else will do it for you.  Study your idols’ work and steal from them. Be yourself.

A letter to your future self. 

Dear Marta, I hope you are having the courage to speak your mind and be the woman you and I would love. I’m learning more and more about myself. I’m learning how to love myself, accept myself, and make myself stronger. I’m working for you, for your happiness, your independence, so that you can be the woman, the wife and the mother you can be, at your full potential. Be kind to yourself, keep learning and working. Love, love, love and remember it is only you that holds the power to create your reality.

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Photography: Massimiliano Gallus | FISHEYE Artists Mgmt


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