Home » Breakaway Daily Interview with Sephora Venites On Playing A Seductress in “Hedda Gabler”
Sephora Venites brings life to Henrik Ibsens, Mademoiselle Diana.
Sephora Venites is an brazilian born actress, who was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a traditional conservatory in the city of Los Angeles,CA. In Brazil, she worked with the acclaimed Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, of ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’ play, among many respected directors like the Argentinian Alejandro Catalán and the actor and writer Márcio Mehiel, to name a few.
As a model, Sephora as been in fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, Elle, FASHION JAPAN 25ans, and was the cover of books like ‘The Little Black Dress’ and featured various campaigns worldwide for brands like Garnier, Nivea, Storm watches, Levis, among many others. She has also worked as a catwalk model for brands like Cartier, Gucci, Custo Barcelona, G-Star, at On/Off London Fashion Week, model of Betsey Johnson’s clothing during Paris fashion week, and continuous collaborations with the Brazilian fashion designer Douglas Harris, among others.
Sephora has recently finished on the set of Hedda Gabler, playing the role of Mademoiselle Diana, the red headed seductress of the night, portrayed in International acclaimed Henrik Ibsens masterpiece, Hedda Gabler. Henrik Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatrer director, and poet. He is often referred to as “the father of realism” and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. The character of Mademoiselle Diana is the love interest of the casino Eljert Lovberg and has never been portrayed on stage or screen, as she was considered too vulgar for a Victorian audeince, and the custom carried on, until the recent film adaptation by Director Matthew John. Click here for my other interviews with the cast.
Regarding her protrayal as Mademoiselle Diana, Sephora told Breakaway Daily:
“This is the first time anyone has ever played Mademoiselle Diana, and I faced a great challenge here, a fantastic opportunity to work with a blank page, as there was never any written dialogues for her, which I believe, the reason was that she was too vulgar to be portrayed on stage at the time, she could break the rules, and this was unaltered since.”
Can you explain why this role is so important and relevant to today?
“The role and the context of the script brings up the subject issues of human rights; gender issues and the meaning of feminism on the 21st century, things have changed, and is much easier to be a woman today, but we are far of the ideal of equality?”
Can you tell me more about the complexities of your character?
“Many people have a preconcieved idea of the character, due to her banishment from the stage. I felt Madame Diana would have been free and outspoken; she would have no fear to speak the truth standing up for what is right, and would not fell ashamed to show her real feelings. Very seductive, yet naive; she could not be a burglar or a scoundrel, nor a villain.”
“She is honest. That honesty, that lack of ability to live within a lie, is what leads her to the impossibility of living her real love story. Madame Diana did not take a marriage as an option to conform and obey to society rules, and for Eilert Løvborg, she was not of the right status to get married. And would she have married? Probably not.”
“Taken as a wild lady of the night, breaking taboos of the era and by being ahead of her time, she is perceived as restless, bold, wild and free spirited, some would consider that freedom a defiance, and by society she is taken as a whore.”
Why did you want to be a part of this film?
“Ibsen’s later work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. This is one of the reasons I loved being part of this project.”
Sephora is currently working with director Márcia Leite on the project entitled ‘Cena Londres’, and a TV show about the London music scene. Her projects soon to be released include a Brazilian cinematic project called ‘Liquid Love’ and a feature film with director Vitor Steinberg. That will be loosely based on the book with the same name, of the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, to be released in 2015.
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