Spotlight profile

I am 22 and so far I’ve lived in four different countries and speak three languages: Portuguese, English and French.

© Alishia Love

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

The kind of actor who allows their fear to feed them to go further and commit to their truthful, bold choices at full capacity, rather than be stopped by it. I want to keep growing my curiosity and strive to perfect my craft by constantly learning from my experiences and other industry professionals. I aspire to be the kind of actor who is versatile and can easily adapt to different styles of work, whether that is going from theatre work like ‘Yerma’ by Federico García Lorca, to a BBC drama such as ‘Killing Eve’ to a TV comedy like ‘Fleabag’. I believe that our adaptability and imagination is where the beauty of our work is. I also aspire to be the kind of actor that puts the team I’m working with at ease through kindness so they want to work with me in the future again.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?

The piece I chose for the showcase was a monologue from a TV Show called ‘The Bisexual’ by Desiree Akhavan and Rowan Riley. I chose this piece because of its beautiful honesty and the way I connected with it. I feel like in my life I’ve been through a time where I’ve found myself in a tough battle between needing to disappoint those I love the most, in order to follow the path that’s right for me. I really connected with the honesty and dilemma Leila found herself in. The dilemma of deciding whether you are doing the right thing or not by choosing YOU first. I also loved the layers of the piece.

The Bisexual by Desiree Akhavan and Rowan Riley

© Alishia Love

What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?

Fleabag’; both the theatre production and TV series. I remember coming out of the theatre feeling so inspired and revived, I knew that that was the kind of work I wanted to be engaging with. I found that in a society where we strive so much to behave in a socially acceptable manner, often going against our instincts and thoughts, this show brought out so much raw honesty, truth, and both the beautiful and ugly aspects of our relationships with those around us. I felt inspired by the way womanhood and sexuality were so openly discussed and explored.

© Alishia Love

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown? 

Painting, singing and engaging in as many self-taping workshops and competitions as I could. I found a lot of freedom and release through abstract and pour-painting techniques and really enjoyed creating my own art. I’ve also loved exploring new writing and having the opportunity to engage in imaginative work with new pieces of writing released during lockdown.

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